UCF Track & Field Opens NCAA Championships on Wednesday



June 9, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

NCAA Championships
Eugene, Ore. - Hayward Field

Wed., June 11
7:15 p.m. - 4x100 Relay Semifinals
- J'Nea Bellamy, Christal Peterson, Jen Clayton, Briana Vaughn
7:15 p.m. - Long Jump
- Jen Clayton

Thurs., June 12
9:40 p.m. - 4x400 Relay
- Sandy Jean, Jen Clayton, Ashley Jocelyn, Afia Charles

Sat., June 14
5:10 p.m. - 4x100 Relay Final
6:55 p.m. - 4x400 Relay Final

All Times are Eastern
% - Top 8 advance to Final

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EUGENE, Ore. - The UCF Track & Field team starts the NCAA Championships on Wednesday at Hayward Field on the Oregon campus. The Knights are set to compete in the 4x100 and 4x400 relay events, while senior Jen Clayton qualified for the long jump.

UCF is sending both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams to the NCAA Championships for the second time in program history. The first time it occurred came in 2011, when the Knights sent nine student-athletes to the meet. The seven runners slated to compete are the second most in program history.

The Knights are represented on Wednesday in the semifinals of the 4x100 relay and the long jump for Clayton set for 7:15 p.m. ET. The 4x400 relay team competes in its semifinal race at 9:40 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Both relay teams are vying to earn one of the two automatic berths to the finals in each heat. Two more at-large berths for the next best times round out the eight-team final. The top eight in each individual and team events are given the distinction of All-American.

All the action on Wednesday and Thursday can be followed via ESPN3. The finals on Saturday can be viewed on ESPNU beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

Clayton, who finished third in the 2013 NCAA Championship to garner All-American accolades, represents the Knights in the long jump. The Greenbelt, Md., native has a top mark of 6.42m/21-00.75 on the season, while her personal best of 6.49m/21-03.50 was achieved at the 2013 C-USA Championship.

Throughout the campaign, Clayton has also been a key component of both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay team.

The 4x100 relay squad that posted the best time during the campaign came from freshman J'Nea Bellamy, sophomore Christal Peterson, Clayton and sophomore Briana Vaughn at the Georgia Tech Invitational on May 17 with a time of 44.42. The group of junior Kirsten Nieuwendam, Peterson, Clayton and Bellamy recorded a 44.54 and a third-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary (5/31).

In the 4x400 relay, the team of senior Sandy Jean, Clayton, sophomore Ashley Jocelyn and senior Afia Charles posted the school record at 3:32.59 during The American Championship (5/4). Charles came-from-behind to help the Knights claim the gold medal.

A mark of 3:34.59 and third-place finish was notched by the same group during the NCAA East Preliminary on May 31.



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