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Women's Track and Field Inks Florida natives Stinney, Nero

July 13, 2006

ORLANDO - The UCF track and field team signed Rockledge, Fla. native Katorie Stinney to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) and also added junior transfer Sade Nero to its 2007 roster, head coach Marcia Mansur-Wentworth announced on Thursday.

A graduate of Rockledge High School, Stinney posted personal bests of 25.50 in the 200-meter dash and 5-6 the high jump. She finished second in the high jump at the state championships during her high school career.

"Katorie has unlimited potential. She is a tall, athletic jumper who should continue to develop her talents at the collegiate level," said Mansur-Wentworth.

With two years of collegiate experience at LSU, Nero specializes in the 400m dash, posting personal bests of 54.90 in the outdoor event and 55.30 indoors. As a freshman she was a finalist at Southeastern Conference (SEC) Indoor Championships. She graduated from Miami Northwestern High School, where she finished third in the state championships as a senior.

"Sade has great range and brings tremendous experience with her," said Mansur-Wentworth. "Because she competed at LSU for the past two years, it should be an easy transition to the competition level of Conference USA."

In their first year in Conference USA, the Golden Knights finished seventh at the indoor track and field championship and ninth in the outdoor championship.