Pole Vaulters Lead UCF Women's Track and Field at Disney

March 11, 2005

LAKE BUENA VISTA - Sophomore pole vaulter Katie Fowke took top honors and narrowly missed beating her own school record as the UCF women's track and field team competed in the Disney Relays on Friday.

Fowke won the event with a mark of 3.51 meters (11-feet, 6 inches) to equal her previous season high. She made solid attempts at 12-1, which would have bettered her school record by an inch. Meanwhile, freshman Michelle Teuton took second in the event with a personal best of 3.24m. Freshman Kelsey Bealert had a season best of 3.09m in fourth place followed by sophomore Michelle Strauss with a season best of 2.94m in fifth place.

"I was very proud of our pole vaulters today," said UCF head coach Marcia Mansur-Wentworth. "They had to fight a heavy crosswind that made for some adverse conditions and still performed at a high level."

The Golden Knights also battled the wind in the high jump, but senior Ann-Louise Larsen finished at the top with sophomore LesSundra Ford in second.

Also junior Rian Thomas was first in the hammer throw and classmate Michelle Olandese grabbed the javelin title.

On the track, freshman Vicky Chin earned first place in the 400m hurdles for the second consecutive week. Making their season debut in the 4x1600m relay, the team of sophomore Karen Kozub, junior Andrea Morrow, sophomore Christina Jones and freshman Elizabeth Miller took first in the event.

Competition at the Disney Relays continues on Saturday.