Day One at Conference USA Outdoor Track Championships



May 11, 2000

NEW ORLEANS -- On the strength of a one-two finish in the 10,000-meter run, the University of South Florida women's track team jumped out to an early lead Thursday after the first day of the 2000 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium.

USF freshman Nicole McCarthy and junior Jen Dorna teamed up to dominate the women's 10,000 meters. McCarthy won the event with a time of 37:04.09, just over five seconds ahead of Dorna's 37:09.73 clocking. No other runner in the field finished within 30 seconds of the South Florida duo.

That effort propelled the Bulls into the team lead with two events complete on day one. USF leads with 20 points, while Cincinnati (17), Memphis (13) and Marquette (10) round out the top four. The Bulls are seeking their first-ever outdoor C-USA team championship.

In the day's other action, Marquette's Lori Perrie won the women's hammer throw with a mark of 167 feet, five fiches (51.02 meters), while Louisville's Jen Carlsen leads the heptathlon with 2,943 points after four events.

On the men's side, DePaul's Carey Ryan set a C-USA record and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in winning the hammer throw. The junior registered a mark of 211 feet, nine inches (64.54 meters) to win by more than 11 feet over teammate Nelson Morales.

Southern Mississippi's Paul Kemei captured the men's 10,000 meter run with a time of 30:58.42, and teammate Jason Wilson leads the decathlon with 3962 points.