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By ROBYN DISNEY

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 13, 2001


TAMPA -- South Florida senior Kerine Black won four individual titles and was named the Conference USA's female athlete of the year at the conference track and field championships at USF.

Black won the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the triple jump Saturday, and the long jump Friday. She broke the record in the 100-meter dash for the second straight day, beating her preliminary time of 11.50 seconds with 11.45 seconds.

"It was very hard (Saturday)," Black said. "I've got really skinny legs and they weren't there today. I was a little slow, but I was so tired. I have not won six events (she won two preliminaries Friday), so I really had to push myself."

Black, who also set a record for individual titles in a C-USA championship, helped USF to a third-place finish, 23 points behind winner Tulane.

To celebrate, the members of the Tulane women's team formed two lines and did a train dance while one member did back flips between the lines, all while going up to the podium.

"The (USF) women gave up too many points," coach Kelly Phillips said. "Kerine went out there and did her job, but we made too many dumb mistakes. But we didn't lose because of a lack of heart."

Despite the disappointing finish for the defending conference indoor champions, there were impressive performances. Jolene Williams sprinted past Marquette's Susan Barth in the final 100 meters to win the 5,000-meter dash. Teammate Tara Quinn finished fourth.

With the Bulls slightly behind in the standings, sophomore Amber Delpino ran the 400-meter dash with a broken right elbow. After finishing seventh, she collapsed on the track because of intense pain. She recovered, but did not participate in the 4x400-meter relay.

"We had people who were injured, but still helped us out," Phillips said. "Richard Jones ran without a shoe Thursday (in the 10,000-meter run) and still came out and ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase (Friday). It was performances like that that made me proud of my team."

Phillips said she was pleased with her men's team, which despite having only 15 athletes was tied for sixth with Marquette.

C-USA freshman of the year Jimmy Baxter won the high jump at 7 feet 2. Baxter, from Boca Ciega, also ran the 4x400-meter relay for the first time.

"Any way I can help my team out, I will," said Baxter, who is also on the basketball team. "I want to do what I can for us to get some points and prove something to everyone out there."

USF's Rory Marsh was third in the discus and Jan-Erik Salo and Andrew Smith were first and third in the 1,500-meter run.

Cincinnati nudged Memphis by one point to win the men's team title.

"The men did very well," Phillips said. "Almost everyone that participated scored. And that's something to be proud of."

TRACK: Several SEC outdoor championships events were completed despite a rain delay. Three Florida men scored in two events. After five completed events, the Gator men's team was tied for eighth with 8.5 points and the women's team was tied for seventh with eight points it scored Friday. LSU led the men and Arkansas led the women. ... Jacksonville sophomore Andrea Pressley scored a personal-best 5,357 to win the Seminole Twilight Meet heptathlon and provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships May 30-31 in Eugene, Ore.

Woodson, two other stars apparently violated rules

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson and two other college football stars apparently violated NCAA rules by accepting cash, gifts and travel from a Columbia sports management firm.

According to documents obtained by the State (Columbia, S.C.), Woodson and former Auburn University All-American Victor Riley received benefits from Summit Management before their college eligibility expired.

A third former collegian, Washington Redskins running back Stephen Davis, admitted in an interview that he took cash from Summit while at Auburn.

Woodson, who won 1997 Heisman, flew at Summit's expense to South Carolina with teammate David Bowens in May 1997, records show. That was three months before his junior year began at Michigan. The company was recruiting him as a client.

Receipts from the trip and the clothing were found in Summit's offices after they were abandoned by Marion Darnell Jones and James E. Brown, the company's founding partners, in 1999.

Accepting such benefits while competing would violate NCAA rules, according to Jane Jankowski, an NCAA spokeswoman.

The NCAA typically does not investigate such cases unless there is blatant evidence that university officials knew, or should have known, about the violations.

"We don't see any evidence of that," Jankowski said.

Jankowski said the NCAA would have no power to revoke Woodson's Heisman Trophy.

Michigan and Auburn officials said they knew nothing about the players' involvement with Summit.

Woodson's mother, Georgia, said he had no comment. Riley could not be reached.

BASKETBALL: Former Missouri star Derrick Chievous has been charged with felony stealing for allegedly taking items from the United Parcel Service terminal where he had worked for nine months. Chievous, who played from 1985-88 and is Missouri's all-time leading scorer, was confronted by a manager Friday morning and he fled, Columbia, Mo., police said. Police captured Chievous and recovered missing property. ... Georgia coach Jim Harrick hired his son as an assistant coach, three years after he almost turned down the Georgia job because he was told that would violate a nepotism policy. To avoid having his father as his direct supervisor, Harrick Jr. will be jointly employed by the basketball program and the Georgia Athletic Association's development office. ... Coach Dennis Wolff, who has led Boston University to a school-record 107 wins in seven seasons, had his contract extended through 2006. ... Southern Cal assistant coach Silvey Dominguez left for a similar position at Texas-El Paso.

GOLF: Fany Schaeffer shot 69 as the USF women finished fourth at the East Region in Chapel Hill, N.C., and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1991. The championship is May 23-26 at Howie-in-the Hills. Duke won by eight shots.

SOFTBALL: Florida State must win three straight games today to take its seventh straight ACC championship after losing 2-0 against North Carolina. The Seminoles have to beat Maryland this morning, then UNC twice. ... South Florida gave up runs in the first and second innings and lost 2-0 to Louisville. Southern Miss defeated DePaul in the C-USA championship game. USF's Cindy Turek, who batted .417, made the all-tournament team.

- Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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