Sept. 26, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Led again by senior Jamie Rzepecki (East Aurora, N.Y.), the UCF cross country team took four of the top five spots and claimed a dominant victory in the Knight Attack Challenge Saturday morning at the UCF Cross Country Complex.
It was the Knights' second victory in as many home meets in 2009, and it was again Rzepecki leading all runners across the finish line. The senior finished the course in 19:29 in earning the individual title. Rzepecki also won the season-opening Black & Gold Invitational on Sept. 12 to lead UCF to the team crown.
Fellow senior Erica Weitz (Morganville, N.J.) finished just seven seconds behind Rzepecki in second place (19:36) while junior Ocean Cohen (Sarasota, Fla.) rounded out the top three in 19:45.
Freshman Alyssa Franks (Tampa, Fla.) had her best finish of the young season, taking fifth place with a time of 20:24. Sophomore Katrina Skinner (Tampa, Fla.) was the final Knight to factor into the scoring, crossing the line in seventh place.
Senior Jaclyn Johnson (Valrico, Fla.), sophomore Kathia Skinner (Tampa, Fla.) and senior Carley Dart (Whitby, Ontario) also placed among the top-10 runners for the Knights.
With eight of the top-10 spots, UCF finished with 17 points in the event. Embry-Riddle claimed second place (49) with Rollins taking third (89) and Bethune-Cookman coming in fourth (101).
Former UCF student-athlete Allison Palmer competed as an unattached runner and finished in sixth place with a time of 20:30.
UCF will take less than a week off before competing against next Friday, Oct. 3 in the FLRunners.com Invitational in Titusville, Fla.
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Knight Attack Challenge
UCF Cross Country Complex
Sept. 26, 2009
1. Jamie Rzepecki, 19:29
2. Erica Weitz, 19:36
3. Ocean Cohen, 19:45
5. Alyssa Franks, 20:24
7. Katrina Skinner, 20:31
8. Jaclyn Johnson, 21:34
9. Kathia Skinner, 21:37
10. Carley Dart, 21:52
16. Sharlea Robbins, 23:06
20. Mason Gardberg, 25:06