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Four USF track athletes advance to NCAA Championships

Adam Adkins The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 03:01 PM

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Four University of South Florida track and field athletes are headed to the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing in the top 12 of their respective events over the weekend at the NCAA East Regional in Bloomington, Ind.

Junior David Aristil highlighted the Bulls' performance at the meet by winning the 400-meter hurdles. Aristil, the Big East Conference champion in the event, ran 50.09 seconds, 0.06 off his personal best, in posting the fastest time at the regional.

Also qualifying for USF was junior Jared Thomas in the men's discus, senior Stephanie Duffy in the women's pole vault, and junior Nicole Rozario in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Thomas, who finished second at the Big East championships, placed fifth in the region with a throw of 183 feet, 10 inches. Duffy tied for fourth after clearing 13 feet, 1.5 inches, while Rozario ran a personal-best 10:17.60 to earn the final qualifying spot.

The NCAA Outdoor Championships are June 8-11 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Parris backs off commitment

The latest football prospect to give USF a commitment for the 2012 recruiting class has backed off that verbal pledge.

Stephenson (Ga.) High TE Josh Parris, who committed to the Bulls a little more than two weeks ago, said Tuesday a misunderstanding with the Bulls coaching staff over what position he would play in college has led to him re-open the recruiting process.

"They wanted me to play fullback, and I thought I was going in as a tight end," Parris said via text message.

Parris, who also had scholarship offers from the likes of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Boston College, Mississippi, and Syracuse, said he still is considering the Bulls.

"They are still in the mix," Parris said, "but now I have to see more options just in case."

USF mourns loss of former hoopster Wallace

Former men's basketball player Doug Wallace, who led the Bulls in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots as a senior in 1986-87, died May 21 after suffering a heart attack. Wallace, 45, was laid to rest Saturday in Miami.

"Doug was a remarkable student-athlete on and off the court," USF senior associate director of athletics Barry Clements said in a statement. "He thrived on always getting better for the sake of the team. He was very courageous, and a true competitor who loved a tough situation. Doug was a friend to his teammates, whose respect he earned because of his sacrifice and commitment."

A product of Jackson High School in Miami, Wallace spent four seasons with the Bulls and is one of eight players in program history to amass 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in his career. He averaged 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in his final season.

Wallace is survived by his parents, Odell and Margaret, and a 21-year-old daughter, Alexandria.

Bulls Bits

The USF-Florida football game has been bumped from the 2015 schedule. USF executive associate director of athletics Bill McGillis said the teams mutually agreed to play the game at a future date. … Punta Gorda Charlotte senior track and field standout Chase Meyers, the Class 3A state champion in the high jump, has made a commitment to USF. … Former DE Craig Marshall, who tied for the team lead with four sacks in 2011, signed with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League last week. … Three USF baseball players earned All-Big East Conference honors. 3B Jonathan Koscso was a first-team pick, while RHPs Kevin Quackenbush and Randy Fontanez were second-team selections. … The women's sailing team was 12th at the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championships held in Cascade Locks, Ore.

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