UCF Track & Field Concludes Campaign at NCAA Championships


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June 12, 2014

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By Nate Blythe
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EUGENE, Ore. - UCF Track & Field seniors Jen Clayton and Afia Charles and redshirt junior Sandy Jean led the 4x400 relay team on Thursday night to a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The trio along with freshman Ashley Jocelyn posted a mark of 3:35.42 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Jean started off the Knights out of the blocks and handed off to Clayton at the first exchange. The Nyak, N.Y., native brought UCF into sixth place before giving the baton to Jocelyn, who ran a strong leg that put the Knights in fourth.

The final lap was ran by Charles, who was on the 4x400 squad that finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships last year. She was beaten out by North Dakota State by 0.06 seconds in the final 100 meters.

The Knights' heat saw Texas post the top qualifying time of 3:28.887, while Penn State and Kansas State also made the field of the final eight teams. The finals are set for 9:55 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Earlier in the season, UCF eclipsed the school record in the 4x400 relay as Charles brought the Knights from behind following the final exchange to claim gold at The American Championship with a time of 3:32.59.

Charles holds the school record in the 400 meters with a mark of 52.49 set at the 2013 C-USA Championship. The Greenbelt, Md., native also served as the president of the UCF Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during her final year.

Jean set the program's best time in the 400 hurdles with a 57.07 at the 2013 NCAA East Prelims and earned second-team All-American honors at the NCAA Championships.

Clayton, who also participated in the 4x100 relay and long jump on Wednesday, registered her highest accolade by earning bronze at the 2013 NCAA Championships following a mark of 6.42m/21-0.75.

The Knights round out the NCAA Championships with top-16 finishes in the long jump, 4x100 and 4x400 relays, which puts them in position for second team All-American honors from the USTCCCAA to be announced next week.

NCAA Championships Day Two
Eugene, Ore. - Hayward Field
June 12, 2014

4x400 Relay Semifinals
15. UCF - Sandy Jean, Jen Clayton, Ashley Jocelyn, Afia Charles - 3:35.42

 

 

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