UCF Track and Field Opens Indoor Season at Kentucky Invite

Jan. 16, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Only five athletes were in competition due to a light schedule on day one of the Kentucky Invite, but the 2009 UCF track and field indoor season got off to a strong Friday night against a tough field in Lexington, Ky.

Four Knights competed in the weight throw, with junior LaKendra Thames winning her flight and taking home ninth place overall with a toss of 53-10.5/16.42m. The toss shattered her previous personal best by over three feet. Following Thames, junior Jessica Francis was 16th (48-8.25/14.84m), junior newcomer Kelsey Poljansek was 18th (47-6.50/14.49m) and junior Ashley Kirkpatrick claimed 31st (41-0.50/12.51m).

Senior Dione Thomas opened her final season of collegiate track by competing in the triple jump. With a leap of 39-8.75, Thomas claimed fourth place in the event, which was won by Sarah Nambawa of Middle Tennessee State.

A full compliment of UCF athletes, including 2008 NCAA Indoor All-American Lizzie Harris, will get their 2009 seasons underway tomorrow as day two will include numerous events.

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