Knights Return to Gainesville for Tom Jones Memorial Classic

April 16, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF track and field team will continue its outdoor season this Saturday when it attends the third-annual Tom Jones Memorial Classic. The event is being hosted by the University of Florida at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville.

A strong field will be on hand as Brown, Florida Atlantic, Kentucky, Princeton, South Florida, UCF and UCLA will join host Florida and compete in the meet.

The event kicks off with field events, beginning with the women's hammer at 1 p.m. The track events are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with the men's 4x100-meter relay, followed by the women's steeple at 5:25 p.m. The meet will conclude with the men's and women's 4x400-meter relays at 8:35 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. respectively.

UCF is ready to spring back into action after taking the past weekend off. The Knights will return to Gainesville this weekend after a promising meet at the Pepsi Florida Relays, the third outdoor event of the season.

The meet featured many highlights for the Knights, including four personal records by mid-distance and distance runners. Junior Carley Dart (Whitby, Ontario) topped her personal best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.83, her first sub-2:10 time of her career in the event. Jamie Rzepecki (East Aurora, N.Y.), a senior, posted a time of 11:02.66 in the 3,000-meter steeple, besting her personal best from a season ago.

In the 5,000-meter run, senior Erica Weitz (Morganville, N.J.) and junior Ocean Cohen (Sarasota, Fla.) each ran sub-18:00 times for the first time. Weitz took 13 seconds off her best time and finished in 17:52.96. Cohen crossed the line in 17:57.14, nearly 23 seconds better than her previous personal best.

Another notable result is the one of the 1600-meter sprint medley team composed of Sheila Paul (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.), Champelle Brown (Oakland, Calif.), Aisha-Maree Frazier (Marietta, Ga.) and Carley Dart who finished in second place with a time of 3:53.68, just a half-second off the school record.

Live results of the meet also will be available through Half-Mile Timing by utilizing the following link: http://www.halfmiletiming.com/Datafiles/Spring2010/UF10/Tom%20Jones/TomJones10.htm

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