Miramar's Green Paces Golden Knights at UCF Invitational

March 3, 2007

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ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - A record breaking performance by senior LaToya Green (Miramar, Fla./McArthur HS) highlighted the list of impressive performances as the Golden Knight women's track and field team opened its outdoor season at the UCF Invitational on Saturday.

Despite the unseasonably cold and rainy weather, the Golden Knights collected top finishes in eight of the 18 events. Green ran the 100-meter dash in 11.94 seconds, besting the previous school record set by Erica Garcia in 2002 by one hundredth of a second. The effort placed her fourth.

Freshman Stephanie Knapp (Englewood, Fla./Lemon Bay HS) recorded a personal best of 57.51 to take top honors in the 400m, while junior Elizabeth Miller (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek HS) ran a 7:24.26 in the 2,000m steeplechase, an effort that ranks second all-time at UCF. As first time steeplechasers, junior Allison Palmer (Oviedo HS) and freshman Erica Weitz (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro HS) took second and fourth, respectively.

In the 1500m, sophomore Kelly McNeill (Coral Springs, Fla./Taravella HS) crossed the finish line first with a personal best time of 4:54.21 and junior Kristen Zieminski (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview HS) was second at 5:01.68.

UCF also claimed the top two finishes in the long jump. Sophomore Dione Thomas (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines HS) was first with a leap of 18-feet, eight inches followed by freshman Ricki Sullivan (Santa Cruz, Calif./Harbor HS) with a personal-best of 18-5.50.

The Golden Knights performed well in the throws, sweeping the discus. Junior Virginia Traynor (Miami, Fla./Westminster Christian HS) grabbed first in the shot put at 43-4.25, took second in the discus with a personal best of 135-4.25 and claimed third in the hammer at 135-2.50. Meanwhile, freshman LaKendra Thames (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange HS) was first in the discus with a toss of 137-11.50 and fourth in the hammer throw at 135-5.50. Her classmate Jessica Francis (Orlando, Fla./Boone HS) was third in the discus with a mark of 130-0.75.

In the final event of the day, freshman Jamie Rzepecki (East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora HS) placed first in the 3,000m at 10:35.42.

The Golden Knights return to action on Friday, March 9 at the USF Invitational in Tampa, 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.