Men take the spotlight in only home meet
The USF women’s track and field team usually steals the show at the weekend meets, consistently rewriting the record books.
However, it was the men who turned in the most impressive results during the Bulls’ only home meet of the season at the USF Invitational during the weekend at the USF Soccer Stadium.
Junior Jimmy Baxter posted the nation’s best collegiate mark in the high jump so far this season and broke his own school record with a jump of 7 feet, 5 inches.
USF coach Greg Thiel said Baxter’s mark should guarantee him a spot in the NCAA Championships this summer. Princeton’s Tora Harris won the national title last year in the high jump, clearing 7 feet, 4 1/2 inches.
Also, Baxter’s mark could qualify him for the 2004 Olympic Trials, but the qualifying standards won’t be available until July.
After tying the school record in the pole vault the previous weekend, freshman Jonathan Miller broke the record at home with a vault of 16 feet, 6 inches, four inches better than Randy Nunang’s nine-year-old mark, to take first place in the event.
Both Baxter and Miller had already met the regional qualifying marks before the home meet.
Junior Alexis McGaffagan was the lone woman athlete to qualify for the regional competition at home, earning a spot in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 7 3/4 inches.
The high jump is the third event in which McGaffagan has posted a regional qualifying mark, along with the heptathlon and as a member of the 4×400 meter relay team with Amber Delpino, Bente General and Karoline Hagen.
In the men’s 1,500 meters, the Bulls posted the top three finishers, as Derek Lincoln (3:55.62), Jim Vitale (3:57.50) and Sean Burris (3:59.13) crossed the line 1-2-3.
For the USF women, Charlisa Anderson finished first in the triple jump at 37 feet 8 1/2 inches.
Rounding out the first-place finishes for the women were General, posting a time of 2:08.13, and Delpino, running 1:00.47 in the 400 meters.
Bulls bag second in Miami
The USF women’s golf team had its best finish of the season this weekend when the placed second at the Ryder Collegiate Golf Championship.
The Bulls shot a three-round total of 924, finishing behind Florida State, which posted a 900.
In USF’s first match of the season, it finished No. 7 at the Suntrust Lady Gator Invitational.
Three of the Bulls six participants finished in the top 15, and five finished in the top 20.
Fany Schaeffer led the Bulls, shooting a three-round total of 228 to finish No. 7. The top scorer in Miami was Kristin Tamulis of FSU, shooting a 220.
Senior Kelly Martin rounded out the top 10 for USF, posting a 231 to tie for No. 10.