Women's Track and Field to Host Golden Knight Twilight Saturday

April 27, 2007

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ORLANDO, Fla. (www.UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF women's track and field team prepares for the upcoming 2007 Conference USA Outdoor Championship by hosting its final regular-season meet, the Golden Knight Twilight, at the UCF Track and Field Complex on Saturday, April 28. The competition is slated to begin with the hammer throw and pole vault at 2 p.m. with the running events starting at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the meet is free to the public.

Well-represented at the meet, the Knights have a number of key athletes to watch, including a group of NCAA Regional qualifiers and school recordholders. Among them is junior Victoria Chin (Orlando, Fla./Oak Ridge HS), who recently qualified for her third NCAA Regional in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:00.79. She will try to improve upon that time and also take on the 100m hurdles. Sophomore Natalie Braddock (Callahan, Fla./West Nassau HS) goes head-to-head with Chin in the 400m hurdles after recording a season-best 1:03.66 at the Florida Relays earlier in the month.

Freshman LaKendra Thames (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange HS) is coming off an impressive school record-breaking and NCAA Regional qualifying performance in the discus. At the Miami Elite Invitational two weeks ago, her mark measured 160-feet, three inches giving her second place overall in the event. Thames and junior co-captain Virginia Traynor (Miami, Fla./Westminster Christian HS) compete in the shot put and discus on Saturday.

Also in the field events, senior pole vaulter and UCF record holder Katie Fowke (Tampa, Fla./Riverview HS) is searching for her fourth NCAA Regional qualification and has jumped over 11-feet in most of the meets this season. Freshman and all-conference honoree Katorie Stinney (Rockledge HS) aims to improve upon her previous outdoor marks, while sophomore Ricki Sullivan (Santa Cruz, Calif./Harbor HS) competes in both the long and triple jumps.

Training to take on the heptathlon at the conference Championship, sophomore Sheree Carter (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby HS) and junior Tia Harewood (Wyandach, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East HS) are entered in five events, including the 100m hurdles, long jump, javelin, shot put and 200m. At the FSU Relays earlier in the season, Carter finished third and Harewood took fourth in the heptathlon. Carter was also an all-conferee honoree in the pentathlon at the C-USA Indoor Championship.

Carter and Harewood will be joined by senior Latoya Green (Miramar, Fla./McArthur HS) and freshman Feyisara Adaramola (Bronx, N.Y./Trevor Day School) in the sprints. Green broke the school record in the 100m dash at 11.94 during the UCF Invitational to open the outdoor season, while Adaramola is third all-time at UCF in both the 100m (12.07) and the 200m (25.57).

Headlining the distance events are junior Elizabeth Miller (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek HS) and redshirt freshman Jamie Rzepecki (East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora HS) in the 3,000m steeplechase. Earlier this season at the Disney Invitational, Rzepecki ran the event in 11:14.54, good enough for second all-time at UCF, while Miller went 11:37.27, which ranks fourth on the school's all-time list.

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