Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

USF's Matthew O'Neal fails in quest for triple jump title

USF Athletics

USF Athletics

USF senior Matthew O'Neal's quest to become the Bulls' first national champion in 23 years fell short Friday in Eugene, Ore.

On his 22nd birthday, O'Neal placed third in the men's triple jump at the NCAA outdoor championships before an announced crowd of 12,244 at Hayward Field.

His best effort of the day (54 feet, 5.25 inches) was more than a foot shy of winner Latario Collie of Texas A&M (55-8.25) and well off his personal best (55-9.75) achieved last month at the NCAA East preliminary in Jacksonville.

As a top-eight placer, O'Neal earned All-America recognition for the sixth time in his career. He was trying to become USF's first national champion — in any sport — since Jon Dennis won the second of back-to-back men's outdoor 5,000-meter titles in 1993.

He now moves on to the U.S. Olympic Trials — for which he qualified this past winter — early next month in Eugene.

"Definitely there's no disappointment," O'Neal said by phone shortly after the event. "I'm thankful to just come out here and have the opportunity to compete again. Definitely I've had better marks, but I was just doing my best today and that's all I can ask for."

USF's Matthew O'Neal fails in quest for triple jump title 06/10/16 [Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2016 11:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. NFL Week 7: What we learned

    Bucs

    Are the Purple People Eaters back in Minnesota? The Vikings sacked Joe Flacco five times and held the Ravens to 208 total yards in a 24-16 home victory, their third straight win. QB Case Keenum looked ordinary with a 67.7 passer rating after completing 20-of-31 for 188 yards and an interception. Kai Forbath …

    Trainers, top, check Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas after Thomas was hurt in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) OHTD122
  2. Bills' comeback against Bucs a win for the process

    Bucs

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It hasn't taken Sean McDermott long to understand how to play to his base. Asked if the Bills had "gotten away with one" Sunday, the first-year coach gushed about his team reflecting the character of the town.

    Under first-year coach Sean McDermott, the Bills are 3-0 at home for the first time in six years. “I love playing here,” he says.
  3. No. 18 UCF closes in on USF, which drops to No. 17

    College

    USF remained ahead of UCF in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday — just barely.

  4. Tampa's Lance McCullers shows killer instinct in pitching Astros to World Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — It felt like the beginning on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, the arrival of a new force on the World Series stage. The Astros are back, for the first time in a dozen years, and they want to stay a while.

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) throwing in the fifth inning of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
  5. Jones: Where are the difference-makers on the Bucs defense?

    Bucs

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — They can't tackle. They can't cover. They can't pressure the quarterback, let alone sack him.

    Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles past Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (98) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]