4x100 Relay Rewrites School Record, Ranks Among World Leaders

GO KNIGHTS Lutisha Bowen helped the 4x100 relay team break a new school record.
Lutisha Bowen helped the 4x100 relay team break a new school record.

March 23, 2013

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By Jenna Marina

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Amid the senior day celebration and five first-place finishes, the UCF track and field team got a big performance out of its 4x100 relay team during the final day of the UCF Invitational.

The squad started off the day's races with an unparalleled performance, recording a new school-record and complex-record time of 43.32. Thanks to the combined efforts of Lutisha Bowen, Aurieyall Scott, Alexis Faulknor and anchor Octavious Freeman, the Knights crossed the finish line without a competitor in sight to deliver a first-place finish along with the second-fastest time in the NCAA and the world this season.

They were one-hundredth of a second behind current globe and collegiate leader Texas A&M.

Bowen won the 100 hurdles with a personal best for the second week in a row and jumped up to No. 2 on this season's NCAA leaderboard with a time of 13.15 (+1.4). She also earned a top-five finish in the 100M with an all-conditions personal best 11.80.

Faulknor's winning ways didn't end with the relay either. She hauled in two more wind-aided first-place finishes with the 100M (11.55) and 200M (23.64). Her 100M time ranks among the NCAA's top-10 and her 200M time among the top 15 so far in the young season.

Sandy Jean didn't let a 90-minute weather delay rattle her and added another first-place finish for the Knights in the 400 hurdles with a season-best time of 1:00.40.

Sonnisha Williams matched the second-best performance of her career in the high jump by sailing over 1.70m/5-07.00.

Freshman Shemael Hamilton hit a new personal record in the triple jump on her final attempt with a fifth-place finish of 12.04m/39-06 (+1.6).

Running alongside Olympic medalists Mary Wineberg and Veronica Campbell- Brown, Afia Charles finished second in the 400 meters among collegians and third overall with a season-best 54.39. Charles also placed second in the 200M with an all-conditions PR time of 23.86.

Ne'Ausha Logan paced the Knights in the 800M with a season-best time of 2:09.88. Erica Winston narrowly missed topping her personal record by five-hundredths of a second with her fifth-place finish of 2:10.85.

Freshman Heather Classe shed more than 20 seconds off her personal record in the 5000M with a fifth-place showing of 18:13.59.

Precious Ogunleye emerged as UCF's top finisher in the shot put with a fourth-place toss of 14.66m/48-01.25, marking an improvement from last week's season opener.

The 4x400 relay capped the day as the top collegiate finisher as Jean, Freeman, Williams and Logan jetted to a time of 3:40.55.

UCF will take a week's break from action while preparing for the Florida Relays on April 5-6 in Gainesville. Last year at the meet, in her collegiate 100-meter debut, Freeman ran the then-world's fastest time, which appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10.



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