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1/3 point keeps USF in 2nd

A mere fraction of a point separated USF from a victory at the adidas Boston Indoor Games on Saturday, where host Northeastern eked out the title, 123.3-123.

“We really had an outstanding meet,” coach Greg Thiel said. “We are right where we want to be at this point in the season. We are getting consistent improvement every week, which is what we try to get through to the girls.

“We are right on track to win in the conference championships, which is our ultimate goal.”

The event was a scored meet, and USF lost despite the fact that it was not even traveling with a full squad. Two USF athletes were competing in another meet in North Carolina, including Alexis McGaffagan, one of the Bulls’ top jumpers and hurdlers who could have been able to generate enough points to give USF the win.

McGaffagan and Jequitta Hall competed at the North Carolina Invitational in Chapel Hill, where McGaffagan finished second in the heptathlon. Her 3,893 points were five shy of South Carolina junior Chelsea Hammond. Hall ran 13th in the 60 meters.

However, many of the Bulls’ best were in Boston, and they all did well. The dynamic duo of throwers, Chandra Brewer and Dayana Octavien, put on yet another impressive display.

In the shot put, Brewer took first with a field house record toss of 52′-4.5″ and Octavien was just two spots behind her with her own personal best in the event, 47′-9.75″. In the weight throw, it was Octavien on top with a throw of 62′-4.5″, which also set the field house record. It was the second consecutive week she has accomplished such a feat. Brewer was not far behind, placing third with a throw of 53′-5.5″, a personal best for her.

Many Bulls set new personal records, which is an excellent sign of an improving team. In the 200-meter run, Shelltrice Turner finished second and Valquisha Morris third, each of them achieving a new personal record, with times of 25.10 and 25.25, respectively.

Megan Malone tied a USF record in the pole vault with a 12′ mark, Karoline Hagen won the 400 meter with a personal best time of 55.50 seconds, and Christa Benton took the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:50, which was a personal record for her.

McGaffagan and Hall will be making a return trip to Chapel Hill as the Bulls travel to North Carolina for the Carolina Classic this weekend.