UCF Track and Field to Compete this Weekend at Florida Relays

April 2, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF track and field team takes to the road for the first time during the 2009 outdoor season this weekend, competing in Gainesville, Fla., at the Florida Relays on Friday and Saturday at Percy Beard Track Facility on the campus of the University of Florida.

There will be an elite field of over 50 teams competing in Gainesville, with participating teams including: Alabama, Alabama State, Albany (N.Y.), Arkansas, Bethune-Cookman, Boston University, Cal State Fullerton, Catholic University (D.C.), Charleston Southern, Charlotte, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Dayton, Delaware State, East Tennessee State, Embry-Riddle, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Florida Southern, Florida State, Fort Valley State, George Mason, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Illinois, Jackson State, Jacksonville, Kentucky, Lincoln (Pa.), Maryland, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Miami, Morehouse, Navy, Norfolk State, Northeastern, Nova Southeastern, Ole Miss, Savannah State, South Alabama, South Carolina, South Carolina State, South Florida, St. Francis (N.Y.), Tampa, Temple, Tennessee, Tulane, UCF, Villanova, Webber International, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Live results of the events of both Friday and Saturday will be available at: http://www.halfmiletiming.com/Datafiles/Spring2009/Florida/FlRelays09/FloridaRelays09.htm.

Competing in two home meets, the Knights have had a strong start to the outdoor season, posting nine regional qualifying marks and breaking four school records. UCF has also had an athlete claim Conference USA's Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors for both of the first two weeks of the outdoor campaign.

Sophomore Lizzie Harris (Miami, Fla.) earned the honor on March 24 after posting regional qualifying marks in the high jump and the 100-meter hurdles during the opening weekend's Black & Gold Challenge, while also running the third leg of the 4x100-meter relay squad which set a school record and posted a regional qualifying time.

Last weekend, junior Kelsey Poljansek (Milton, Kan.) broke school records in both the shot put and discus while posting regional qualifying marks in both events. Her performance garnered her C-USA Athlete of the Week honors as well as UCF's Bright House Student-Athlete of the Week.

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