Knights Begin Competition at Tyson Invite

Feb. 13, 2010

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (UCFAthletics.com) - With some solid performances against some of the nation's top teams and talent, the UCF track and field team started competition in the Tyson Invite Friday at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Knights' All-American hurdlers Tiki James (Miami, Fla.) and Jackie Coward (Knoxville, Tenn.) again posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 60-meter hurdles. Coward and James both times of 8.32 in the preliminaries to finish fifth and sixth respectively, and James took second in the collegiate finals, crossing the line in 8.21.

Two other Knights - senior Carley Dart (Whitby, Ontario) and sophomore Jacqueline Gilchrist (Tallahassee, Fla.) - had personal bests Friday. Dart crossed the line in the 800m run in 2:14.13 while Gilchrist bested her previous personal best from last week in the long jump. Her top jump was recorded at 19-2.0/5.84m.

"Today was a pretty good day. We had some solid performances in the hurdles, and Carley Dart ran a personal best in the 800m," said head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert. "Jacqueline Gilchrist also PR'd in the long jump, and she is coming along well. We still have to get to the point of competing at our best and giving 100% effort consistently at national level meets. We are not the same team at meets that we are in practice. It will take something to "click" in the minds of some team members in order for them to believe they can compete at a high level. Everyone on this team is capable of achieving great performances but it will not happen until they believe it for themselves."

UCF will finish competition in the Tyson Invite on Saturday with a slate of running and field events. For live results, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

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Tyson Invite - Feb. 12, 2010
University of Arkansas - Day 1

60mH prelims

5. Jackie Coward, 8.32 (P) - won heat 1
6. Tiki James, 8.32 (P)
33. Micaela Wimberly, 8.71

60mH Finals
2. Tiki James, 8.21 (P)
6. Jackie Coward, 8.39 (P)

60m prelims
29. Sheila Paul, 7.54

61. Aisha-Maree Frazier, 57.28
77. Champelle Brown, 58.11

4. Carley Dart, 2:14.13 (PR)
17. Kathia Skinner, 2:19.85

15. Katrina Skinner, 5:18.15
18. Alyssa Franks, 5:25.83

Long Jump
10. Jacqueline Gilchrist, 19-2.0/5.84m (PR)

P = NCAA Provisional Qualifying Mark
PR = Personal Record