UCF Track & Field Shines on Rainy Day

March 29, 2014

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By Jenna Marina

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - After a weather delay of more than four-and-a-half hours, the UCF track and field team made sure to post a performance that was worth the wait in the final day of the UCF Invitational.

The Knights combined to earn eight first-place finishes between Friday and Saturday to properly send off UCF's senior class of Afia Charles, Erica Winston, Jen Clayton and Destinee Romain in their final appearance on their home track.

Romain shined in the shot put with a personal best 14.28m/46-10.25 on her sixth and final attempt after a break in action for her senior day recognition.

Junior Devinn Cartwright earned her first-career win of any event with her first-place showing in the long jump, leaping 5.64m/18-06 (+1.9).

UCF's 4x100 relay squad of Briana Vaughn, Clayton, Charles and J'Nea Bellamy started the racing events on a positive note with a first-place time of 45.15.

Charles (24.05), Vaughn (24.12) and Bellamy (24.34) had a clean sweep of the top three finishes of the 200 meters. Charles also performed well in the 100 meters, clocking 11.94 (-0.2) for second place in her first career attempt of the event.

Sophomore Anne-Marie Blaney competed in the 1,500 meters for the first time since April of last season but didn't miss a beat by crossing the finish line first in 4:39.59. She also ran away with the field in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:08.91.

Junior Amelia Williams posted the second-best time of her career in the 1500M in 4:41.75 for fourth place.

Freshman Lia King was the top collegiate finisher in the 100 hurdles with her second-place time of 14.68 (-1.0).

Junior Sandy Jean (55.85) and freshman Ashley Jocelyn (55.87) both shed time in the 400 meters from last week, finishing third and fourth, respectively.

Winston made a push down the stretch to win the 800 meters for the first time of her career in the outdoor season, also improving her time from last week at 2:11.90.

In her first attempt at the 400 hurdles of the season, Cartwright set a personal record with a second-place time of 1:01.40.

The 4x400 relay closed out the night strong with a win in 3:44.05 thanks to the combined efforts of Ashley Jocelyn, Winston, Caroline Pauls and Charles.

The Knights will head to Gainesville, Fla., to compete at the Pepsi Florida Relays for their first road trip of the outdoor season April 3-5.



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