No track for USF's Mitchell this spring
With spring football now wrapped up, USF's two-sport sprinters can now shift their focus to the outdoor track season, but the Bulls will only have Derrick Hopkins and Kayvon Webster running this spring, as Lindsey Lamar is still recovering from shoulder surgery and Terrence Mitchell is focusing on his academics for the rest of the semester.
Hopkins and Webster are with the USF track team in Knoxville this weekend for the Sea Ray Relays -- both are running in the 100 and 200 meters and will be part of the Bulls' 4-by-100 relay, along with sophomore Neamen Wise and freshman Kevin Bell. Lamar was held out of spring football practice as well as he recovers from his surgery.
USF track coach Warren Bye said he hopes to have Mitchell back next spring -- he can redshirt in track and still have a full four years of eligibility there starting next season. Mitchell won a state championship in the long jump as a senior and took third in the 100 meters, after finishing second in the long jump and third in the triple jump his junior year at Hillsborough High.
Hopkins is coming off a strong indoor track season -- he won the 60 and 200 meters at the Big East indoor meet and was named Most Outstanding Male Track Performer for his efforts. USF's track team has finished its home meets for the year and is building up to the postseason -- the Big East championships are May 6-8 in Philadelphia, with the NCAA championships in Des Moines on June 8-11.