Senior Class Prepares for Final Lap

March 26, 2014

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By Jenna Marina

ORLANDO, Fla. ( ) - The UCF track and field team will be honoring a special group on Saturday afternoon at the UCF Invitational.

Seniors Afia Charles, Jen Clayton, Destinee Romain and Erica Winston along with team manager Stevie Adams and volunteer assistant coach Brandon Washington will be recognized at 2:30 p.m. at the Knights' final home meet of 2014.

As the team prepares for this weekend's competition, the members of the senior class reflected on their time at UCF. Here are their answers to the Q&A:

What is one thing you learned while you were at UCF?
Charles: The one thing I learned while at UCF is to take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to me because the outcome, whether good or bad, will only help me to become a great and powerful woman.

Romain: I've learned the value of building relationships that will last a lifetime.

Winston: Proper preparation prevents poor performance.

Clayton: In my time spent as a student-athlete at UCF, I have learned that time spent in adversity always subsides, no matter what the time frame may be.

What has been your best memory?
Charles: My best memory here at UCF would have to be winning my first outdoor 400M conference title. It showed all the hard work and dedication I put into my conditioning and the season.

Romain: My best memory has been breaking the school record in the weight throw in back to back meets.

Winston: Breaking the school's indoor record in the 800M.

Clayton: My best memory was the time I earned All-American honors outdoor at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in Eugene, Ore.

What will you miss the most?
Charles: I will miss the people that I have gotten to know over my last four years here the most. I have met some amazing people at UCF, all of whom have made my time here not only enjoyable but quite successful. I am thankful for all the relationships I have made from teammates, to coaches, to mentors, and individuals who work behind the scenes to make sure I have had a memorable four years.

Romain: The camaraderie of being a student-athlete at UCF.

Winston: The friends I've made on the team - they are all from different states on the east coast while I'm all the way on the west coast.

Clayton: I will miss the UCF community the most.

What are your goals for the rest of this season?
Charles: My goals for the rest of the season are to bring home individual and team conference titles. Also, to be UCF's first 400M All-American.

Romain: My goals for the rest of the season include breaking the record in the hammer and shot put, and help my team to win an outdoor conference championship. Advancing to regionals, and then making it to nationals.

Winston: Win conference and make it to nationals.

Clayton: For the rest of the season, I plan to prepare myself as best I can to enter into a professional career.



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