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GO KNIGHTS Megan Patterson is competing in the shot put at the USA Junior Championships this weekend.
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Megan Patterson is competing in the shot put at the USA Junior Championships this weekend.
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June 19, 2013

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Senior Championship Heat Sheets

Junior Championship Heat Sheets

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By Jenna Marina
UCFAthletics.com

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Mere weeks after their historic top-5 finish at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, the Knights are ready to get after it again, this time at the USA Outdoor Senior and Junior Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sprinters Octavious Freeman and Aurieyall Scott will look to earn their spots on Team USA for the IAAF World Championships in Russia this August when they compete in the 100-and- 200-meter races at the Senior Championships.

Meanwhile, their teammates, long jumper/sprinter Alexis Faulknor and shot putter Megan Patterson, will compete against 16-to-19-year-olds in the Junior Championships as they aim for their chance to compete at the Pan Am Junior Athletics Championships in Colombia this August.

The stakes are high as the Knights will square off against the country's elite from Thursday-Sunday at Drake in front of a national television audience.

Freeman and Scott will start things off Thursday at 7:25 p.m. ET in the 100M. Freeman is ranked third heading into competition behind three-time 2012 Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter and two-time NCAA 100M champion English Gardner.

Faulknor will also be in action Thursday in the junior 100M, and Patterson will compete in the junior shot put finals that same afternoon. Faulknor ranks as the favorite in the long jump by more than a foot and will test herself Friday in the finals.

Scott and Freeman are ranked fourth and sixth, respectively, overall among the field - second and third among collegians - in the 200M. They will go toe-to-toe against three-time 200M Olympic medalist Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh, who both won gold at the London Games as a part of the 4x100 relay.

Combined, Freeman and Scott account for four entries, which ties for the third most among collegiate programs at the meet.

UCF's dynamic duo has already committed to represent their country at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, July 6-17. The University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation. It is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17-24, and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.

The pair vied for a bid to the 2012 Olympics at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer, and Scott nearly made it there as one of two collegians in the country to advance to the 200M finals.

Senior Championships
Thursday, June 20
Broadcast Schedule: USATF.TV (online)
100M: First Round, 7:25 p.m. ET -- Octavious Freeman, Aurieyall Scott

Friday, June 21
Broadcast schedule: USATF.TV (online)/ ESPN2; 8-10 p.m.
100M: Semis, 7:30 p.m. ET
100M: Finals, 9:42 p.m. ET

Saturday, June 22
Broadcast schedule: Universal Sports; 4-5 p.m./ NBC Sports Network 5-7 p.m.
200M: First Round, 4:35 p.m. ET -- Aurieyall Scott, Octavious Freeman

Sunday, June 23
Broadcast schedule: Universal Sports 2-3 p.m./ 3-4 p.m. NBC Sports Network/ 4-6 p.m. NBC
200M: Semis, 3:22 p.m. ET
200M: Finals, 5:20 p.m. ET

Junior Championships
Thursday, June 20
Broadcast Schedule: USATF.TV (online)
100M: First Round, 12:50 p.m. ET -- Alexis Faulknor
100M: Finals, 2:56 p.m. ET
Shot Put: Finals, 3:30 p.m. ET -- Megan Patterson

Friday, June 21
Broadcast Schedule: USATF.TV (online)
Long Jump: Finals, 2:10 p.m. ET -- Alexis Faulknor


 

 

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