TAMPA - The University of South Florida men's and women's track teams made program history on the final day of the BIG EAST Track and Field Championships Sunday as they both recorded their highest finishes at the outdoor league meet since joining the conference in 2006. The USF men placed second with 100 points while the women totaled 84 points for third.
Over the course of the 3-day meet the Bulls posted 13 top three finishes, including one conference title and scored (top eight) in 34 events. Notre Dame won the overall men's title with 153 points while Louisville claimed the women's crown with 104 points.
Eight athletes and one relay made it to the podium on the final day for the Bulls led by senior All-American David Aristil who was the runner-up in both the 110m and 400m hurdles. Aristil opened the day with a personal-best 13.97 in the 110 hurdles, which ranks second all-time at USF and was just three hundredths of a second off of the school record (13.94). The senior followed up that showing with a 50.72 in the 400m hurdles also good for second.
Pascal Orelus became the latest Bull to set a school record as he clocked a 46.46 in the 400m to finish second overall and beat his own USF record set earlier in the year by three-tenths of a second (46.76). Joining him in the 400m was senior Reshaw Exilien who placed in both the quarter and the 200m on Sunday. Exilien clocked a PR of 47.34 for seventh in the 400m and followed that up with a 21.17 in the 200m for second place.
USF earned major points in the relays led by the men's 4x400m squad that finished second in a school-record 3:08.69. Aristil, Orelus, freshman Franklin Mosley and Exilien beat the previous USF mark by over a second (3:09.70). The time was also over seven seconds better than their previous season-best set at the USF Collegiate (3:15.87). The women's 4x400m (3:39.30) and 4x100m (45.78) both placed fourth while their 4x800m finished sixth with a USF record time of 8:53.80, outdoing the previous school record by 11 seconds (9:04.81).
In the women's 400m, junior Rachael James recorded a personal-best of 53.39 for second place. James improved upon her PR of 54.10, which ranked second all-time at USF, by over half a second. She is now within one tenth of a second of the USF record in the event.
The men earned three top two finishes in the field events on Sunday in the discus, pole vault and triple jump. Senior Jared Thomas posted a mark of 187-5 (57.13m), second all-time at USF, to earn eight points for the Bulls while junior Wyatt Metzger cleared 16-2.75 (4.95m) for second. Sophomore Shane Lewis recorded a wind-aided leap of 50-0.75 (15.26m) in the triple jump to also score eight points for USF.
On the women's side in the field events, Marquishia Stallworth continued her stellar season with a third-place showing in the triple jump. The sophomore recorded a wind-aided leap of 41-3.25 (12.58m), which is the fourth-best jump all-time at USF. Junior Monique Williams joined Stallworth in the top four of the triple jump as she also recorded a 41-3.25 (12.58m) but finished fourth due to Stallworth having a better next jump. Sophomore Cynthia Aoufoh also placed with her 40-7.75 (12.39m) for eighth.
Other Bulls to earn points on the final day on the track were junior Dariel Jackson who finished fifth in the 200m (53.39) and seventh in the 100m (11.71w) and junior Ena Johnson, who clocked a personal-best 1:01.98 for sixth in the 400m hurdles. In the field events, freshmen Drew Volz and Brian Baird went 5-6 in the pole vault clearing 15-9 (4.80m) and 15-3 (4.65m), respectively, while freshman Justin Osking posted a discus toss of 161-5 (49.19m) for eighth. Senior Atasha Warren also placed in the discus with her fifth-place toss of 155-9 (47.48m).
The NCAA Preliminary Rounds are next for the Bulls. The athletes that qualified will be announced on May 17 with the first rounds taking place May 24-26.
Day Three Results
7. Dariel Jackson, 11.71 (2.5w)
2. Reshaw Exilien, 21.17
5. Dariel Jackson, 23.98
2. Rachael James, 53.39
2. Pascal Orelus, 46.46
7. Reshaw Exilien, 47.34
Men's 110m hurdles
2. David Aristil, 13.97
Women's 400m hurdles
6. Ena Johnson, 1:01.98
Men's 400m hurdles
2. David Aristil, 50.72
Men's Pole Vault
2. Wyatt Metzger, 16-2.75 (4.95m)
5. Drew Volz, 15-9 (4.80m)
6. Brian Baird, 15-3 (4.65m)
2. Jared Thomas, 187-5 (57.13m)
8. Justin Osking, 161-5 (49.19m)
Women's Triple Jump
3. Marqueshia Stallworth, 41-3.25 (12.58m) (2.9w)
4. Monique Williams, 41-3.25 (12.58m)
8. Cynthia Aoufoh, 40-7.75 (12.39m)
12. Natasha Stewart, 38-5.5 (11.72m)
15. Tralonda Todd, 35-1.25 (10.70m)
Men's Triple Jump
2. Shane Lewis, 50-0.75 (15.26m) (2.6w)
11. Kenneth Durden, 46-7.25 (14.20m) (2.0w)
5. Atasha Warren, 155-9 (47.48m)
13. Sarah Canter, 138-1 (42.10m)
14. Hannah Gospodinsky, 135-5 (41.29m)
Women's High Jump
T9. Courtney Anderson, 5-7 (1.70m)
T9. Alex Rosenberger, 5-7 (1.70m)
4. USF (M. Skipper, M. Williams, M. Teape, D. Jackson), 45.78
6. USF (Y. Smith, N. Rozario, A. Prendergrast, K. Williams), 8:53.80
4. USF (M. Teape, R. James, S. Chambers, C. Poole-Trice), 3:39.30
2. USF (D. Aristil, P. Orelus, F. Mosley, R. Exilien), 3:08.69