WR Hopkins shines at Big East indoor track
Derrick Hopkins, a reserve receiver on USF's football team, dominated the sprints for the Bulls at the Big East indoor championships, winning the 60 meters and 200 meters.
Hopkins set a personal best in the 60 with a mark of 6.77 seconds, and won the 200 in 21.30 seconds. With those two wins, Hopkins was named the meet's Outstanding Track Performer, the first USF athlete to earn such an honor.
Both of his marks Sunday fell just short of NCAA automatic qualifying times, but could qualify him provisionally for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which are March 11-12 in College Station, Texas. Entering the weekend, the 6.77 wasn't among the top 50 performances in Division I, while the 21.30 tied him for 49th nationally.
Another football player, cornerback Kayvon Webster (who set a state record in the 4x100 relay with Hopkins at Miami's Monsignor Pace High two years ago) placed fifth in the 60 meters with a time of 6.91 seconds. The two sprinters accounted for a third of USF's points in leading the Bulls to a fifth-place showing.
Hopkins, a sophomore in track, ran the 60 in 6.80 seconds at last year's Big East indoor championships, good enough to tie with teammate Lindsey Lamar for third place.
-- Otherwise, a rough weekend for USF athletics -- baseball opened the season by getting swept in three games at No. 1 Florida, softball went 1-4 on the weekend, finishing with a 4-2 loss to DePaul on Sunday, and men's and women's basketball took conference losses on Saturday.