The USF women’s indoor track and field team is coming off a good first meet and hopes to carry over its momentum to Saturday’s competition at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Eleven Bulls posted personal bests in their respective events last weekend at the Florida Intercollegiate in Gainesville, while Chandra Brewer and Carmen Crespo set school records.
Brewer set the school record in the shot put, throwing it 49 feet, 9-inches, which was good enough for fifth place at last weekend’s meet. Crespo set the school record in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 7-3/4 inches, earning second place.
The Bulls are looking forward to getting back to business this weekend, and will begin preparing for the Conference USA Championships Feb. 28 in Houston.
“This is probably our first step toward gearing up for the conference championship, which is about six weeks away, so this is the start of that project,” USF coach Greg Thiel said.
The Bulls’ weekend is highlighted by a trip to defending national champion Michigan. Thiel said his team is set as far as who will compete in each event, and this weekend will give him an idea of where his team stands so far this season.
“This is a meet that we have always pointed at and one we’re really excited about,” Thiel said. “It will be nice to see how we stack up against a Big Ten school.
“We’re a young program, and it’s just another step in the evolution of the program getting bigger and better and getting better notoriety when you run against the Michigans of the world, and just to see where you fall into place.”
A good showing this weekend will undoubtedly improve the Bulls’ confidence level, but winning isn’t the main goal Thiel wants his team to achieve.
“We had 18 top-10 performances last weekend, so it seems like we have a really solid team, so we just want them to keep going and build on last week,” Thiel said.