May 25, 2012
Complete Meet Day Two Results
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Three speedsters impressed in the 100 meters Friday at the NCAA East Preliminaries to clinch their places in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships at Drake in June.
Both freshman Octavious Freeman and sophomore Aurieyall Scott won their heats to automatically qualify for the championship meet. Freeman edged out the competition with the second-fastest qualifying time overall of 11.20 (+1.3) while Scott crossed the finish line in 11.38 (-0.6). Paul clocked the fastest non-automatic qualifying time of 11.41 (+1.5), just .01 shy of her season best.
The trio will head to Iowa along with long jumpers Sonnisha Williams and Jacquelyn Gilchrist, who qualified for the championships Thursday. The threesome's presence in the 100 meters marks UCF's most entries in the event at the championships in school history.
They didn't stop there.
Scott, Freeman and Paul also advanced to Saturday's 200-meter quarterfinals for a chance at berths to the NCAA Championships in the event. Scott busted out with a season-best time of 22.99 (+0.2), which ranks among the NCAA's top 15 this year and is a new Hodges Stadium record, as the first heat's fastest qualifier. Freeman came in second in her heat and eighth overall with a time of 23.18 (-0.2), and Paul rounded out the bunch by finishing third in her heat and 10th overall with a season-best time of 23.42 (-0.1).
Seniors Jackie Coward and Karessa Farley both automatically advanced to Saturday's quarterfinals of the 100 hurdles thanks to their season-best performances. Coward sped to the day's fastest-qualifying time with a wind-aided 12.97 while Farley finished second in her heat and 13th overall with a wind-aided 13.27. Coward's time ranks among the top 10 in the NCAA this year.
Freshman Precious Ogunleye wrapped up her season with a throw of 44.53m/146-1 in the discus.
UCF resumes action in the finale day of competition Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with the triple jump. The Knights will also have entries in the 4x100 relay, 100 hurdles and 200 meters. Links to live results and live video can both be found on UCFAthletics.com.