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Bulls relay team sets school record

The USF men's 4x100-meter relay team, featuring former Bulls WR Derrick Hopkins, set a school record with a winning time of 40.34 seconds at today's USF Collegiate on its home track.

The foursome -- Hopkins, Chareif Lewis, Dae Young Yoon and Alfred Higgs -- eclipsed the 4-year-old mark (40.75) by nearly a half-second. Hopkins also was on the previous record-setting foursome, along with football teammates Lindsey Lamar and Kayvon Webster.

The Bulls men placed second and the women third in the four-school event, which also featured Cincinnati, Kennesaw State and Minnesota.

Other USF men's champions were Alex Hoffman in the 800 meters (1:53.82), Michael Babinec in the 5,000 meters (15:56.74), Christopher Grinley in the 110 hurdles (14.14), Paul Barrett in the 400 hurdles (52.66) and Matthew O'Neal in the triple jump (52-9.5).

Barrett won the Class 3A state title in the 300 hurdles at Gaither two years ago. Babinec was a 4A medalist for Riverview at the state cross country meet in the fall of 2011.

High jumper Courtney Anderson (5-foot-10) and long jumper Natasha Stewart (18-11.25) won women's titles for the Bulls.

USF's David Shepherd, competing unattached, won the men's pole vault (16-5.25).

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