ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - After earning distinction as the USTFCCCA's National Athlete of the Week, UCF standout sprinter Octavious Freemanwas named as the Conference USA Track Athlete of the Week on Tuesday. The Knights also continued to rank among the nation's top 25, checking in at No. 11 on Tuesday's USTFCCCA poll.
Freeman blazed past world-class competition to claim both titles in the 100 and 200 meters in Gainesville. In her first 100M race of the season, she pulled away from the field in the back half of the race to dash to an all-conditions world- and NCAA-leading 11.02 (+1.2) and win by more than a third of a second. The time is tied for the ninth-fastest, wind-legal in-season performance in collegiate history.
As a result, she rewrote her Florida Relays meet record from a year ago (11.10) and established a new Percy Beard Track record. According to Flotrack, the feat is the fastest collegiate 100M time run in the month of April since 2004.
She followed up with a smashing performance in the 200M two hours later, winning in 22.85, which is tied for the collegiate lead with Kamaria Brown of Texas A&M. The victory came at the expense of a field of professionals, including runner-up Natasha Hastings and third-place finisher DeeDee Trotter.
The Knights are the only Conference USA team present in the rankings and are second only to Florida (No. 4) among programs in the state. They are also No. 2 among all programs in the South Region.
Kansas stayed steady at the No. 1 spot followed by Oregon, Texas A&M, Florida and defending champion LSU in the top five. Coupled with the outdoor season, UCF has not fallen out of the top 25 dating to April 26, 2011.
UCF currently boasts seven marks that stand among the nation's top 25 in their respective categories. The team is back in action this Saturday at the Miami Invitational.