Women's Track and Field Claims Sixth Consecutive A-Sun Crown

April 16, 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thanks to an all-around team effort, UCF captured its sixth consecutive - eighth overall - Atlantic Sun Women's Track and Field Championship on Saturday at Vanderbilt Track.

"I'm thrilled with the win," said UCF head coach Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, who took home her eighth A-Sun Women's Coach of the Year trophy. "It was an incredible effort from every athlete out there today."

One such impressive effort came from junior Tiffany Roebuck. After winning the hammer throw in Friday's competition, she started the final day by winning the discus with a throw of 43.58 meters. Later, she also won the shot put as she tied the meet record with a mark of 14.27m. Roebuck was tapped as the Most Outstanding Female Performer for her performance.

Joining Roebuck on the medal stand in the shot put was freshman Virginia Traynor, who tied for third place at 12.50m.

Elsewhere, senior captain Ann-Louise Larsen earned the gold medal in the high jump. Her leap of 1.81m broke both the A-Sun Championship record and the Vanderbilt Track record as well as tied the school record set by LesSundra Ford in 2004. Ford, now a sophomore, took fourth in this weekend's event at 1.60m.

UCF swept the top three places in the pole vault as sophomore Katie Fowke earned top honors for the second straight season with a mark of 3.35m. Freshman Michelle Teuton was second at 3.20m followed by classmate Kelsey Bealert in third at 3.05m.

In the hurdles, junior Diana Chin won the 100m event at 14.00, while her freshman sister Vicky Chin, who settled for fifth in the 100m hurdles, took home the bronze in the 400m event.

The two siblings also went head-to-head in the triple jump, where Vicky claimed top prize with a leap of 11.65m and Diana took third at 11.41m.

Although she finished out of medal contention in fifth place, junior Astrid Claessens set a new school record in the 1500m with a time of 4:37.13.

Despite being down by four points after the 5,000m event early on Saturday, the Golden Knights rebounded for the win, accumulating 158 points by competition's end. Troy was second with 110.5 points with Florida Atlantic (89 pts.), Jacksonville (70) and Georgia State (63) also finishing in the top five.

UCF, which makes the move from the Atlantic Sun into Conference USA in 2005-06, will lineup next at the Golden Knight Twilight on April 30 at the UCF Track and Field Complex.

Final Team Standings
1. UCF, 158
2. Troy, 110.5
3. Florida Atlantic, 89
4. Jacksonville, 70
5. Georgia State, 63
6. Campbell, 48
7. Gardner-Web, 34.5
8. Belmont, 28
9. Lipscomb, 18