Prestigious Penn Relays Awaits No. 18 UCF Track and Field



April 25, 2012

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By Jenna Marina

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - The No. 18 UCF track and field team will travel to one of the most historic meets in the world Thursday-Saturday when the Knights head to Philadelphia for the Penn Relays.

Through 116 editions of the meet, more athletes have run at the Penn Relays than at any single meet in the world. More spectators have watched the meet than any in the world except the Olympics and World Championships.

This year there will be more than 22,000 entries at the Relays, which will be nationally televised on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. on NBC. Fans can catch the meet in its entirety via the Penn Relays web site for a fee by visiting this link. Live stats are also available via and

UCF's shuttle hurdle relay squad ran away with gold in 2009 and the Knights will look to add more championships to their resume as 16 student-athletes will represent the Black and Gold in eight events.

In the individual events on Thursday, Aisha-Maree Frazier will run in the 400 hurdles at 10 a.m. to kick off things for UCF. Junior Sonnisha Williams and senior Jacquelyn Gilchrist will follow in the long jump scheduled to start at noon. Gilchrist will compete in the triple jump as well along with fellow senior Tomika Story on Friday.

The Knights' 4x100 relay squad, which clocked this year's second-fastest time in the world in its most recent outing Saturday, will look to unseat LSU from atop the NCAA standings.

Seniors Jackie Coward, who was a member of the 2009 shuttle hurdle championship team, and Karessa Farley will compete in the 100 hurdles on Friday looking to advance to Saturday's finals at 3:15 p.m.

Meanwhile, UCF's throws and pole vault crew will head to the Memphis Invitational in Tennessee on Friday and Saturday. Freshman Precious Ogunleye and Satrina Oliveira will compete in the hammer, shot put and discus, and sophomore Destinee Romain will perform in the shot and discus.

Erica Weiss will get a chance to compete in the pole vault after missing out at last week's Tom Jones Memorial Classic due to inclement weather.

UCF's scheduled events at Penn Relays: 

Event  Day  Time
400 Hurdles  Thursday  10 a.m.
Long Jump  Thursday  Noon
4x100 Relay  Thursday  1 p.m.
4x400 Relay  Thursday  5:45 p.m.
Triple Jump  Friday  10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
4x100 Finals  Friday  1:05-1:12 p.m.
4x200 Relay  Friday  2:10 p.m.
100 Hurdles  Friday  3:50 p.m.
4x200 Finals  Saturday  2:20-2:25 p.m.
100H Finals  Saturday  3:15 p.m.
4x800 Relay  Saturday  4:10 p.m.
4x400 Finals  Saturday   5:35 p.m.



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