TAMPA, Fla., June 13, 2023 – The University of South Florida track and field team had five student-athletes earn All-America honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced this week.
NCAA and AAC High Jump Champion Romaine Beckford headlined the group, earning his second All-American honors of the year with a first team nod for outdoor high jump. He won both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Track and Field National Championships, clearing 2.27 meters (7-5.25) in Austin. Earlier this season, he was a first team All-American in Indoor Track and Field, also for high jump.
The Bulls’ 4x100m relay team of Danelson Mahautiere, Shevioe Reid, Jaleel Croal, and Zayquan Lincoln all earned their first honorable mention All-America honors. The group holds the current program record time in the 400m relay after winning the AAC title, and finished 24th in the NCAA Championship finals after posting a time of 39.82 seconds.
About USF Track and Field
The USF track and field team has earned 56 All-America selections and at least one All-American in 10 of the last 12 years, including a record eight athletes claiming 11 honors in 2021. Romaine Beckford won the 2023 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in the men’s high jump. Tampa native Shaniya Benjamin set a program record earning three All-American honors during the 2021 outdoor season, while triple jumper Matthew O’Neal, a 2016 graduate, became USF’s first six-time NCAA All-American. Bulls have posted two NCAA runner-up finishes since 2013 – O’Neal (triple jump, 2016) and Courtney Anderson (high jump, 2013). Head coach Erik Jenkins took over the program in 2020 and in the 2021 outdoor season the Bulls posted seven program records and 40 top 10 all-time program marks. USF hosted the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary and the 2021 AAC Outdoor Championship at the USF Track and Field Stadium located on the east end of campus.
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