Freeman, Scott Advance to 100M Finals at NCAA Championships


GO KNIGHTS Sheila Paul ran a season-best time in the 100 meters on Wednesday.
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Sheila Paul ran a season-best time in the 100 meters on Wednesday.
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June 6, 2012

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By Jenna Marina
UCFAthletics.com

DES MOINES, Iowa (UCFAthletics.com) - It didn't take long for the No. 13 UCF track and field team to announce its presence at day one of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Two sprinters advanced to Friday's 100-meter finals with commanding performances in Wednesday's semifinals.

Sophomore Aurieyall Scott and freshman Octavious Freeman both automatically qualified for Friday's race scheduled for 7:02 p.m. ET by crossing the finish line with one of the top-two fastest times of their respective heats.

Scott clocked a time of 11.32 (-1.2) to finish second in the first heat only to LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan, who currently ranks third among all American females this year in the event. Freeman impressed in the second heat by getting off to a great start to easily clock the third-fastest time of the day overall at 11.12 (+1.7).

The pair will look to medal once again after taking silver and bronze at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60 meters.

Senior Sheila Paul, who also competed in the second heat, rounded out UCF's nation-best three entries in the event with a season-best time of 11.39 (+1.7) to finish 13th overall for second team All-American distinction.

The Knights are set to compete in their busiest day of the championships Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. eastern with the long jump. UCF will also compete in the semifinals of the 200 meters at 6:45 p.m. and the 100 hurdles at 8:10 p.m.

The event will be streamed live online and is available for free on godrakebulldogs.com and ESPN3.com. In addition, ESPNU will televise Saturday's action from noon until 2 p.m. ET.


 

 

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