Winter Garden's Thames Leads Women's Track and Field at USF Invitational

March 10, 2007

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TAMPA, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - LaKendra Thames (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange HS) broke the school's freshman record in the shot put as the UCF women's track and field team took on the challenge of the USF Invitational on Friday.

Thames, who established a new freshman record in the weight throw during the indoor season, posted a winning toss of 45-feet, 7.75 inches in the event. The previous mark of 44-9.5 was set by three-time NCAA Regional qualifier Tiffany Roebuck in 2002. Thames also finished second in the discus at 139-1 and fifth in the hammer throw at 130-6.

Elsewhere in the field events, senior Katie Fowke (Tampa, Fla./Riverview HS) grabbed top honors in the pole vault with a mark of 11-7.25 and sophomore Dione Thomas (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines HS) was first in the long jump at 18-3 and fourth in the triple jump at 37-6.75. Her classmate Ricki Sullivan (Santa Cruz, Calif./Harbor HS) was third in both events.

Making her outdoor season debut, junior Victoria Chin (Orlando, Fla./Oak Ridge HS) took third in the 400m in a time of 57.39 followed by senior Jenny Rogan (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island HS) in fourth at 58.22. In the 800m, freshman Stephanie Knapp (Englewood, Fla./Lemon Bay HS) earned second place in a personal best of 2:15.27 and sophomore Shantile Blackburn (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Laughlin HS) captured third in the 1500m.

Meanwhile, in the distance events, freshman Jamie Rzepecki (East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora HS) was third in the 3,000m at 10:30.42. The UCF men's cross country team, led by senior Ryan White (Boynton Beach, Fla./Santaluces HS), swept the top six places in the same event.

UCF capped off the competition by capturing the top two spots in the 4x400m relay with the "A" team finishing in 3:57.17.

The Golden Knights return to action at the three-day Disney Invitational, beginning on Thursday, March 22 at Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. For the latest news and information on the Golden Knights, tickets or apparel log on to www.ucfathletics.com - the official site for UCF athletics.