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17 firsts seal Bulls’ domination

The USF track and field teams showed their dominance at the UCF Invitational by winning 17 first-place finishes in the first outdoor meet of the season.

The best individual performance was Jonathan Miller in the pole vault. Miller placed first in the event and qualified for the NCAA Regional competition by clearing the required 16-foot mark.

Also highlighting USF’s dominance were Robert Fennell, Taiwo Egun and Chandra Brewer, who each turned in multiple first-place finishes.

Fennell accomplished a trifecta, earning first in the shot put, hammer throw and discus.

Egun earned first in the long jump and triple jump, and Brewer took first in the discus and hammer throw, as well as second in the shot put.

“The outlook (for the season) looks bright,” USF coach Greg Thiel said. “We had a great meet at the (women’s conference) indoor championships, so it’s exciting going into outdoor because we’re in the same scenario.

“On the men’s side, we’re just excited to get cranking.”

While the teams were in Orlando beginning the outdoor season, juniors Alexis McGaffagan and Dayana Octavien competed in separate meets and wrapped up the Bulls’ indoor season.

Octavien traveled to Baton Rouge, La., for the NCAA Last Chance Meet held at LSU with an opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships. However, Octavien’s throws in the shot put (45 feet, 1 3/4 inches) and weight throw (58 feet, 1/2 inch) were less than the required length to earn a spot in Jonesboro, Ark.

McGaffagan traveled to the United States Track and Field Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C., to compete against the nation’s best, both collegiate and professional, in the pentathlon.

She finished 11th among the 14 competitors, scoring 3,663 points.

Up next for the Bulls in the outdoor season is a trip to Tallahassee for the FSU Relays Thursday.

Adam Adkins covers USF track and field and can be reached at