Coward, James Advance to USA Track & Field National Championships

June 25, 2010

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By Andrew Gavin

DES MOINES, Iowa (UCFAthletics.com) - Three UCF track and field athletes are competing at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Senior and Junior National Championships this weekend at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Tiki James (Miami, Fla.), who recently completed her standout UCF career, and Jackie Coward (Knoxville, Tenn.), who recently completed her sophomore season, both advanced into the semifinals in the 100-meter hurdles at senior nationals with strong efforts in the first round Friday.

Sonnisha Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.), who advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships as a freshman in 2010, finished in fifth place Thursday in the long jump in the junior nationals. The UCF record holder in the event posted a top jump of 19-4.75/5.91m in the event.

James, UCF's school record holder in the 100-meter hurdles who is now running unattached after completing her collegiate eligibility, finished the prelims with the seventh-best time of 13.25. Running in the same heat, Coward, just weeks removed from becoming UCF's first outdoor All-American, qualified 15th with a time of 13.56. Both athletes were running against a stiff wind of 2.2 meters/second.

The semifinals are set for 1:15 p.m CT with the top-eight runners advancing to the finals at 2:52 p.m. CT. ESPN will have coverage of the event from 1-2:30 p.m. ET and NBC will have live coverage from 3-4 p.m. ET.


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