Nov. 12, 2011
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By Jenna Marina
NCAA South Region Results
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF cross country team wrapped up its season on Saturday with a 24th place showing at the NCAA South Region Championships. Freshman Jamie Perzanowski paced the Knights with a time of 22:46 for 89th place to mark the fastest time by a UCF freshman in the race since Jenny Clausen clocked 22:46.60 in 2006.
Perzanowski, an All-Conference USA honoree, finished her rookie season as the Knights' top finisher in each of their seven meets.
"Jamie is our MVP. She has been our most reliable performer and I hope moving forward she can inspire others to go with her," distance coach Paul Brown said. "I think she has loads of potential. Moving into track season, she is no longer a freshman anymore because she knows what college running is about. We have some high expectations for her with the indoor and outdoor seasons."
Freshman Teresa Huff crossed the finish line at 23:51.6 before sophomore Erica Winston posted a personal best time of 24:35.3.
Sophomore Danielle Scaffidi and freshman Amelia Williams followed with times of 24:53.5 and 24:53.9, respectively. Sophomore Jessica Pachay recorded a time of 25:00.4 and freshman Cody Castillo rounded up the group with a time of 25:08.6.
Florida State, Vanderbilt and Florida claimed the top three finishes of the 6K in the 27-team field.
"We did take a step forward this season," Brown said. "We're moving in the right direction and the future looks more promising than it's been so I'm pleased in that regard. I am confident in our ability to progress and continue to get better moving forward."