The Dons opened their season last weekend in Riverside, Calif. against the UC Riverside Highlanders. It was a rough start to the season for the Dons, but they still managed to grab a vicThe Dons left their mark on the Husky Indoor Classic over the weekend in Seattle, Wash. at Dempsey Indoor. The event, which was hosted at the University of Washington and spanned from Friday to Sunday, was highlighted by a standout performance from sophomore Eric Causey, who came in second place in his heat in the 5,000-meter (3.11 mile) race. Causey recorded a time of 13:58.34. Causey, who was named to the 2013 WCC All-Academic Team and participated in the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships, became the first Don to complete a 5,000-meter race in under 14 minutes.
Other Notable performances came from juniors Nile Norwood and Jarrett Moore, both appearing in their first events of the 2014 season. Norwood currently holds the USF record for the triple jump at 14.34 meters, and he nearly matched his record with a distance of 14.19 meters. The jump landed him a sixth-place finish overall in the event. Moore kicked off his 2014 campaign by finishing in 11th place in his section, and 52nd overall in the 3,000-meter (1.86 mile) run with a final time of 8:34.69.
The Dons will be back in action this upcoming Saturday, Feb. 22, as some athletes will travel to the Alex Wilson Indoor Invitational in South Bend, Ind., while others will kick off the outdoor season in Orinda, Calif. at the West Coast Quad Meet.
For freshman Asaundra Dalton, the difference between an impressive race and a record-setting achievement was a mere tenth of a second. Dalton set a new USF mark for the fastest time in the 200-meter (0.12 mile) dash, finishing with a time of 25.46 seconds that placed her fourth in her section and 18th overall.
It was an excellent race for Dalton, who has started her career at USF with a bang and still has ample time to grow.
“Asaundra [Dalton] had a solid college debut and she has a ton of room for improvement for the outdoor season,” head coach Helen Lehman-Winters told usfdons.com. “Overall, we had a successful evening at Dempsey and I’m really happy how our team competed in elite fields.”
Elsewhere, graduate student Bridget Dalhberg finished 16th overall in the 5000-meter invitation run with a time of 16:17.42, while redshirt sophomore Kate Jamboretz and redshirt senior Alice Baker competed in a one-mile run and a 3,000-meter run, respectively. Jamboretz broke the five-minute mark to set a personal best time of 4:54 in the mile-long race, shaving seven seconds off of her previous personal best. A time of under five minutes was good enough for third place in the section for Jamboretz, who was awarded Honorable Mention All-WCC in 2013.
Baker, a 2012 First Team All-WCC selection, returned to action for the first time since redshirting in 2013. She placed 15th in her section, completing the 3,000-meter course with a time of 10:02.35, which trailed her personal best by just six seconds.
Like Men’s Track and Field, the women will be represented at the Alex Wilson Indoor Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 22, and will also send a group of competitors to the West Coast Quad Meet on that same day.