March 28, 2014
UCF Invitational Day 1 Results
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF track and field team's throwers posted some strong performances despite blustery conditions in day one of the UCF Invitational on Friday.
Sophomore Kalen Hambrick and senior Destinee Romain got off to a hot start as the 1-2 punch in the hammer throw. Hambrick topped her personal record by more than five feet with a toss of 56.36m/184-11, keeping her season-opening win streak alive at three-straight meets. The performance ranks among the top 30 in the country.
"Kalen has been grinding," UCF field events coach Jeff Chakouian said. "Her first two meets have been really good. We lifted and threw yesterday so her body wasn't very fresh. For her to come out and have a big PR like that, it says a lot. After she PR'd, she followed with a bunch of good throws, which means that she is starting to mature as a thrower."
Romain came up with her best throw on her sixth and final attempt, recording 52.40m/171-11 to bump up to second place. It marks her strongest showing in the event since last year's UCF Invitational.
"Destinee had a rough last week and made some proper adjustments and really worked hard," Chakouian said. "She came back on her last throw and even though she is probably a little disappointed with how she did, that's still the second-best meet of her life. So a good positive note for her."
Freshman Siaina Campbell took third place in the javelin with a mark of 37.71m/123-8, and multis junior Devinn Cartwright reached 24.51m/80-5 on her first attempt in the event of her career.
"The wind was whipping out there. For Siaina, that's three meets in a row she's had to throw into a pretty strong headwind, and she's a little frustrated by that, but ultimately all she can control is her best effort, and she did that," Chakouian said. "Devinn handled it well and she threw a good 80 feet, which is a good starting point for her. Overall, we're pleased with how everyone performed today."
The bulk of the UCF Invitational will start Saturday at 11 a.m. with the discus, shot put, pole vault and long jump. Senior Day festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m. before the 3000 steeplechase kicks off the races at 3 p.m.
The meet is free to the public and live results will be available at UCFKnights.com.