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By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 6, 2001


TAMPA -- Jan Erik Salo has had lots of success as a runner at USF. In addition to leading the Bulls to the Conference USA title last season as a member of the cross country team, Salo has had an outstanding track and field season.

A senior, Salo has run well in distance events all spring, including victories at meets at Florida State and Georgia. Last weekend, he won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at North Carolina State.

Salo, who last week was named an academic All-American in District III, won the event by 10 seconds in 8:58.55.

BASEBALL: After losing two of three against C-USA National Division cellar dweller Memphis, the Bulls bounced back with a 15-5 win at No. 14 Central Florida.

After being outscored 30-23 in the three-game series at home against the Tigers, USF dropped to 6-3 in league play and sits at 16-16 overall.

John Vigue pitched seven strong innings while the Bulls' offense pounded out 19 hits.

Vigue (3-3) allowed eight hits and four runs while walking one and fanning three. Freshman Myron Leslie hit a two-run double in the third inning.

Then Chris Cuccia hit a solo home run in the fourth.

The Bulls begin a three-game series against Cincinnati at Florida Power Park in St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. today.

MEN'S GOLF: Three Bulls finished among the top 20 as the Bulls placed second at the Arkansas State Indian Classic.

Ricky Carrillo shot a 54-hole 224 to finish in a seven-way tie for 10th while teammates Chad Oleson and Tele Wightman were just one shot back at 225 in a four-way tie for 17th.

The Bulls rebounded from a first-round 307 to shoot 293 and 295 in the second and third rounds for an 895, 15 shots behind first-place Arkansas State.

WOMEN'S GOLF: Led by Kelly Lagedrost's final-round 71, the Bulls rebounded from a poor first round to place third at the Florida Women's Collegiate tournament last weekend in Miami Lakes.

Lagedrost tied for eighth with teammate Fany Schaeffer (at 224) while Kelly Martin was a shot back at 225.

UF won the tournament with a 895 while Florida International was second at 898. USF shot 903.

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