USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The USF women's cross country team picked up right where it left off last week at its first home meet since 2002 on Friday.
Allie Prendergast won the individual title with a personal best time of 17:41 and the Bulls won an event for the second straight time to open up the season.
"The weather made it tough, but it didn't really change what we wanted to do out there," said Prendergast of the meet that was delayed because of lightning at The Claw.
The USF women beat out 12 other teams thanks to strong finishes from other runners as well. Yasmin Smith finished second overall with a time of 17:52, while Devin Spoerle ended up in eighth place at 18:08. Kelli Williams made it in the top 15 at 14 with a time of 18:31.
"The girls had a good pack up top. I was happy with their performance today," Bulls coach Dena Reif said.
The USF men didn't win a team title but had a solid sixth-place finish - one spot up from last week - with an average time of 27:00.
Connor Bauer was the top individual Bull with a time of 26:33 that put him in 16th place.
"With the weather delay, it made things a little difficult, but I thought we still went out there as a team and performed well," he said.
Lucas Simari was the next USF runner to cross the finish line in 24th place with a time of 26:53. Jonathan Bing rounded out the Bulls' top three with a 27:21 finish that put him in 36th place.
USF's next meet is Sept. 24 when the Bulls head to Gainesville for the Mountain Dew Invitational.