UCF Track and Field Fares Well on Day One of the Florida Relays

April 3, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF track and field team posted four NCAA qualifying marks Friday on a successful first day of action at the Florida Relays at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. The field at the event hosted by the University of Florida includes 50-plus collegiate teams from all over the country.

In the 100-meter dash, freshman Sheila Paul (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.), who tied the school record a week ago in the event, took sole possession of the record with a time of 11.69 seconds. The freshman also posted an NCAA regional qualifier with the time.

Junior Tiki James (Miami, Fla.) missed shattering the school record in the 100-meter hurdles only because of the wind. With a reading on the wind gauge of 2.2 meters per second, her time of 13.47 is not eligible for a school record but does qualify James for regionals in the event.

Another NCAA mark and another school record came for UCF in the 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Lizzie Harris (Miami, Fla.) broke an eight-year school record of 59.34 seconds held by Kellie Marzetta. Harris finished the event Friday afternoon in 58.92 seconds. Harris finished fourth while freshman Jackie Coward (Knoxville, Tenn.) just missed besting the freshman record set last season by Harris, but posted an NCAA regional mark by finishing sixth in 59.88.

UCF's 4x200-meter relay team of Coward, James, Senior Dione Thomas (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Paul just missed a school record by finishing in 1:36.92.

In other action, junior Jamie Rzepecki (East Aurora, N.Y.) posted a top-10 finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal best 11:13.57. A full list of results from UCF athletes is below.

Saturday's action in Gainesville will include numerous relay events, the 200-meter dash and the 1500-meter run as well as the triple jump, javelin, discus and shot put.

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Florida Relays
April 3, 2009
Day One

High Jump
16. Samantha Shields, 5-3.0/1.60m

11. Sheila Paul (+1.0), 11.69 (N, SR, FR)
48. Dione Thomas (-1.6), 12.32

6. Tiki James, 13.47 (+2.2), (N)

4. Lizzie Harris, 58.92 (N, SR)
6. Jackie Coward, 59.88
29. Natalie Braddock, 1:04.04
37. Jacquelyn Gilchrist, 1:06.13

24. Carley Dart, 2:14.48
41. Kathia Skinner, 2:19.77

13. Katrina Skinner, 4:54.91

3,000-meter steeplechase
7. Jamie Rzepecki, 11:13.57
13. Erica Weitz, 11:36.14

4x200-meter relay
9. UCF `A' (Coward, James, Thomas, Paul), 1:36.92