Knights Conclude Eventful Track & Field Weekend

April 25, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Finishing a long weekend of competition in three elite meets, the UCF track and field team had a light day of action at both the Penn Relays Carnival and the UC San Diego Invitational. In action in both meets, UCF combined to post four NCAA regional qualifying marks on Saturday.

At the 115th running of the historic Penn Relays, freshman Jackie Coward (Knoxville, Tenn.) and junior Tiki James (Miami, Fla.) both competed in the Championships of America for the 100-meter hurdles after qualifying yesterday.

In the finals, Coward finished in 13.62 for eighth place while James was behind her in ninth after crossing the line in 13.69. The times for both athletes are NCAA regional qualifying marks.

In San Diego, the UCF throwers had a pair of successful days at the UC San Diego Invitational. On Friday in the discus, junior Kelsey Poljansek (Milton, Kan.) finished ninth with a top throw of 168-11/51.50m. Freshman April Downey (Melbourne, Fla.) had a best throw of 129-3/39.40m and junior Jessica Francis (Orlando, Fla.) posted a 122-3/37.27m.

On Saturday at UCSD, Poljansek posted a qualifying mark in the shot put with her best effort of 49-1.5/14.97m to lead the Knights while Francis contributed a high mark of 42-1.25/12.84m.

In the javelin, Downey finished 14th, tossing 105-3/32.08m while junior Ashley Kirkpatrick (Lake Mary, Fla.) was 23rd after a top mark of 77-0/23.48m.

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Penn Relays - Day Three
April 25, 2009
100mH Championship of America
8. Jackie Coward, 13.62 (N)
9. Tiki James, 13.69 (N)

UC San Diego Invitational - Day One
April 24, 2009
9. Kelsey Poljansek, 168-11/51.50m (N)
43. April Downey, 129-03/39.40m
46. Jessica Francis, 122-03/37.27m

Hammer Throw
32. Ashley Kirkpatrick, 143-08/43.78m
36. April Downey, 131-09/40.15m
37. Jessica Francis, 131-03/40.01m

UC San Diego Invitational - Day Two
April 25, 2009
14. April Downey, 105-3/32.08m
23. Ashley Kirkpatrick, 77-0/23.48m

Shot Put
Kelsey Poljansek, 49-1.75/14.97m (N)
Jessica Francis, 42-1.25/12.84m

N - NCAA regional qualifying mark