UCF Records Strong Start to Outdoor Season



March 22, 2014

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF Track and Field team opened its outdoor season by hosting the Black and Gold Challenge at the UCF Track and Field Complex on Saturday. Freshman J'Nea Bellamy tallied personal bests in wins in the 100 meters (11.75) and 400 meters (24.01) for the Knights.

"This was a great start to the outdoor season," said head coach Jeanette Bolden. "I considered this a working track meet, because a number of our runners did not compete in their primary event. It was important to see our student-athletes out there competing and pushing themselves against some of the other schools in our conference. We still have a lot of improvement to make over the rest of the outdoor season."

American Athletic Conference foes Cincinnati and Rutgers along with FIU and Jacksonville were among the competitors for the Knights at the meet.

UCF had a clean sweep in the 200 meters with Bellamy (first - 24.01), sophomore Briana Vaughn (second - 24.02) and senior Afia Charles (third - 24.09). The difference between the times for the trio was seven-hundredths of a second.

In the 100 meters, Bellamy took the victory with a time of 11.75, while senior Jen Clayton notched a third-place finish at 11.97.

The 5000 meters was run by sophomore Anne-Marie Blaney, who posted a mark of 17:00.00. Junior Amelia Williams ended up second in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:44.16.

Tallying a first-place finish with a time of 44.45 in the 4x100 relay was senior Jen Clayton, junior Kirsten Nieuwendam, sophomore Briana Vaughn and freshman J'Nea Bellamy.

Coming on top in the field events were sophomores Allison Lampert and Kalen Hambrick. Lampert record a high jump of 1.73m/5-08.00, while Hambrick won the hammer throw with a toss of 53.18m/174-06.

A personal record was set by junior Devinn Cartwright, a transfer from Kentucky, with a time of 14.14 in the 100 meter hurdles.

Junior Sandy Jean and senior Erica Winston notched runner-up accolades in the 400 meters (56.21) and 800 meters (2:12.37), respectively. A personal-best was registered by sophomore Caroline Pauls at 2:23.52 in the 800 meters.

Freshman Lia King, Clayton, Jean and Pauls earned second in the 4x400 relay at 3:48.99.

In the field events that started the day, a 38.65m/126-10 toss was recorded by freshman Siaina Campbell to finish second, while senior Destinee Romain came in runner-up in the shot put at 13.81m/45-03.75.

The Knights are back at the UCF Track and Field Complex on March 28-29 with the UCF Invitational. Information about the meet can be found on the home meet page.

An attempt at the 600 meter world record, currently held by assistant coach Johnny Gray, will be made by Duayne Soloman during the meet on March 29.

100 Meters
1. J'Nea Bellamy - 11.75 (PR)
3. Jen Clayton - 11.97
4. Kirsten Nieuwendam - 12.02

200 Meters
1. J'Nea Bellamy - 24.01 (PR)
2. Briana Vaughn - 24.02
3. Afia Charles - 24.09
10. Devinn Cartwright - 25.00
22. Lia King - 26.65

J'Nea won against a really solid field by posting her PR in the 100 and 200 meters. She has tremendous potential competing as a freshman. - Jeanette Bolden

400 Meters
2. Sandy Jean - 56.21
4. Ashley Jocelyn - 56.71

800 Meters
2. Erica Winston - 2:12.37
3. Caroline Pauls - 2:12.52 (PR)

1500 Meters
2. Amelia Williams - 4:44.16

5000 Meters
1. Ann-Marie Blaney - 17:00.87

Anne-Marie went out there and posted a really good time, literally (no competitor finished the race), by herself. She has been dealing with an injury, so it was nice to see her regain her form. She has always led our distance team and is proving to the conference that she is back - Jeanette Bolden

100 Hurdles
2. Devinn Cartwright - 14.14 (PR)

Devin came out and ran her second-fastest time, despite being out of a few practices with an injury. The improvement that she made in the 100M hurdles shows how hard she has worked. - Jeanette Bolden

4x100 Relay
1. UCF A - Briana Vaughn, J'Nea Bellamy, Jen Clayton, Kirsten Nieuwendam - 44.45
4. UCF B - Lia King, Afia Charles, Devinn Cartwright, Sandy Jean - 46.94

4x400 Relay
2. UCF A - Sandy Jean, Jen Clayton, Caroline Pauls, Lia King - 3:48.99
5. UCF B - Ashley Jocelyn, Erica Winston, Amelia Williams, Briana Vaughn - 3:54.32

2. Siaina Campbell - 38.65m/126-10

1. Kalen Hambrick - 53.18m/174-06
5. Destinee Romain - 49.16m/161-03

Kalen did a great job of coming out strong in the hammer throw and almost eclipsed her PR. It was nice to see that she put her struggles during the indoor season behind her. - Jeanette Bolden

Pole Vault
4. Paige Byrnes - 3.55m/11-07.75

High Jump
1. Allison Lampert - 1.73m/5-08.00

Allison started off where she left off in indoors and had her best opener to date. I believe that she is going to continue to improve as the season progresses. - Jeanette Bolden

Shot Put
2. Destinee Romain - 13.81m/45-03.75



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