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Sports Breifs

Men’s golf

The USF men’s golf team shot a first round 305 in the LSU Spring Invitational to place 15th among 17 teams. The Bulls finished 13 shots behind leader and host LSU.

Senior Ryan Shears shot a 75, which led all Bulls’ players, while senior Pablo Ceron and freshman Tyler Hitchcock both shot a 76. Senior Brad Quiri and freshman Jason Eliott finished with a score of 80 each.

Women’s golf

The USF women’s golf team nearly overcame a four-shot deficit at the Ryder Florida Women’s Collegiate Championship but fell one shot short of finishing ahead of host Miami.

The Bulls shot a 308 in today’s final round, but the 913 total was one behind the Hurricanes, who led from the start to the finish of the tournament.

Four of USF’s five golfers finished in the top 10, led by sophomore Kylene Pulley, who shot 226 through the 54 holes to tie for fifth.

Sophomores Daniella Ronderos, Amanda Smith and freshman Christina Jones each shot 229 to tie for eighth place, while Miami’s Tina Miller claimed medalist honors with a 222 score.

Women’s basketball

USF women’s basketball forward Jessica Dickson was named an honorable mention All-American on the Kodak/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Team. She is the first women’s basketball player in school history to receive the national honor.

Dickson was eligible for the honor after being named to the Kodak/WBCA All-Region 5 Team. Fellow Conference USA players Sandora Irvin of TCU and Khara Smith of DePaul joined her on the all-region team. Irvin was named to the All-America team.

This season, Dickson led the Bulls in scoring — sixth in C-USA — and averaged 16.7 points per game and was third on the team in rebounding, with 4.7 per game.

The Ocala native was also named first team All-C-USA, becoming the first player in USF history to earn first team honors in C-USA, and the first since Tammy Van Oppen to be named to a conference first team.

This season, Dickson became the 14th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point mark for her career and the first woman — and just the second player — to do it as a sophomore. She finished the season with 1,073 career points, which is 11th on the school’s all-time list.

Track and Field

The USF men and women’s track and field teams closed out the final day of competition at the USF Invitational on Saturday, the only competition the teams are hosting all season.

For the men, junior Jonathan Miller won the pole vault event for the third straight year, with a height of 16-feet, which was more than a foot higher than his second place opponent.

Junior Brandon Carey finished second in the discus with a throw of 162-10 inches, which was three-feet out of first place.

Sophomore Jaydian Miller finished in fourth place in the triple jump with a distance of 48.05.50 inches.

The Bulls placed two athletes in the top five of the shot put. Junior Russel Tyson finished third with a throw of 51-05.50, while Carey was fifth with a distance of 50-08.25.

USF also had two of the top three finishers in the 400-meter hurdles, with sophomore Jarrod Hall placing second at 54 seconds and senior Patrick Martin finishing third at 54.02 seconds.

Junior Derek Lincoln finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.70.

Senior Chandra Brewer led the women’s team with a second place finish in the shot put. Brewer threw a distance of 53-07.75 inches and finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 145-02 inches.

Junior Jessica Hellender and senior Christa Benton took third and fourth in the 1,500-meter run with time of 4:41.57 and 4:42.43, respectively.