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UCF Closes Carolina Challenge with Win
February 02, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. ( – The UCF track and field team picked up another event title and posted five top five finishes to wrap up the Carolina Challenge on Saturday at the South Carolina Indoor Track and Field Complex.


“It was a solid meet for the team,” UCF head coach Dana Boone said. “We had a few good performances this weekend. This is the time of the season where the travel starts to catch up with you, but our kids are continuing to find a way to compete and be successful. We still have some things to work out in our execution across the board, but you can see the pieces coming together and we will put it all together when it counts.”


For the second time this season, Gabby Durant set a personal best and took home the top honor in the invitational section of the weight throw. The senior’s second throw of the day would have given her the title and a new personal record, but she improved her mark yet again on her fourth attempt. Her 67-2/20.48m distance is tied for 21st nationally and moved her up to second in the American Athletic Conference.


Katie Pinnell improved her 800-meter time for the second straight meet. The freshman moved into the top 10 on The American’s performance list, and her 2:13.03 time gave her fifth place in the event.


Jhane’ Carter picked up a pair of top five finishes, using a season-best 14.91m distance in the shot put to finish fifth and a /18.43m mark in the weight throw for fourth.


Daneesha Davidson posted a top five finish in the invitational section of the triple jump, landing 39-7.75/12.08m.


UCF’s trio of competitors in the 60-meter dash finished within six seconds of each other. Shian Hyde (7.50) finished sixth, Ciara Holback (7.55) finished seventh and Shaniya Williams finished (7.56).


The Knights return to action next weekend, heading to Nashville for the Music City Challenge.


Saturday Results


6. Shian Hyde 7.50

7. Ciara Holback 7.55

8. Shaniya Williams 7.56



10. Shian Hyde 23.97

14. Ciara Holback 24.28

15. Imani Clark 24.34

24. Shaniya Williams 24.88



5. Katie Pinnell 2:13.03

Weight Throw Invite

1. Gabby Durant 67-2.25/20.48m

4. Jhane’ Carter 60-5/18.43m

6. Shanell Atkins 57-10/17.64m


Shot Put Invite

5. Jhane’ Carter 48-11/14.91m

7. Shanell Atkins 46-8/14.22m

18. Gabby Durant 40-3.5/12.28m


Triple Jump Invite

5. Daneesha Davidson 39-7.75/12.08m