Knights in El Paso: Daily Track Blog

May 15, 2008

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EL PASO, Texas - The majority of the UCF track and field team arrived in El Paso, Texas, early this afternoon for the Conference USA Track and Field Championships after several members who were competing Thursday got to town Wednesday afternoon with first-year head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert.

3:05 p.m. EDT - Junior Sheree Carter finished the first day of competition in the heptathlon in first place. She won the 100 hurdles, the high jump and the 200-meter dash, while finishing sixth in the shot put. Carter looks to capture the event with its conclusion tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run. She currently has accumulated 3,118 points through the first four events and leads her nearest competitor - Lauren Kuhner of SMU - by 255 points. Additionally, her time of 13.88 (+1.1) in the 100-meter hurdles is an NCAA regional-qualifying mark, the school-record 11th NCAA regional mark/time for UCF as a team this season. Her complete results from today are below.

Sheree Carter Heptathlon Results - 3118 points (As of May 15)

100-Hurdles: 1st place - 13.88 (+1.1) 995 points
High Jump : 1st place - 5-3/1.60m 736 points
Shot Put: 6th place - 31-6.50/9.61m 504 points
200-Meter Dash: 1st place - 25.04 (+2.2) 883 points

5:42 p.m. EDT - The Knights who are not scheduled to compete today just returned to the hotel after a brief practice at Kidd Stadium. UCF is awaiting senior Virginia Traynor's participation in the hammer throw at approximately 7:30 p.m. EDT tonight.

5:49 p.m. EDT - One common trend seen so far in UCF's short stay in El Paso has been everyone's reaction to the town. The altitude, mountains and prominent influx of Mexican culture seen within the border city provide a scene unlike any other that many of these student-athletes and staff members have seen in road trips to other locations across the country. A photo gallery detailing Kidd Stadium and the views of El Paso seen in that stadium can be viewed by clicking the link at the top of the page.

7:18 p.m. EDT - Just some background information on El Paso for those who have not had the opportunity to visit the city. It is the sixth-largest city in Texas and the 21st-largest city in the United States. Fort Bliss, a major US Army installation is located near the city, which is surrounded by the Franklin Mountains that divide the city into two sections. Fort Bliss was the first site of the American rocket program started by Wernher von Braun before being later moved to Huntsville, Ala. United States Interstate 10 runs through the city.

9:30 p.m. EDT - Senior Virginia Traynor ended her collegiate career on a high note, finishing with a personal-best toss of 161-9 in the event to finish seventh. She scored two points for the Knights as a team.

11:00 p.m. EDT - Ocean Cohen, Kelly McNeill and Allison Palmer completed their competition in the 10,000-meter run and the team has headed back to the hotel for dinner. The catered menu consists of spaghetti and meatballs, chicken, mixed vegetables and salad.

11:10 p.m. EDT - Coach Caryl Smith Gilbert recognized senior Elizabeth Miller for being admitted to medical school and senior Kristen Zieminski for being named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team for track and field. Each received a warm round of applause from her teammates.

12 a.m. EDT - It is lights out for the Knights as they rest in preparation for a long day at the track tomorrow amidst windy conditions.