Paul Competes at NCAA Track & Field Championships

June 9, 2010

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By Andrew Gavin

EUGENE, Ore. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF Sheila Paul (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) made her first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships Wednesday at historic Hayward Field, but the sophomore was unable to advance out of her 100-meter dash heat to Friday's finals.

Paul is one of three Knights competing in Eugene this week. Fellow sophomore Jackie Coward (Knoxville, Tenn.) will compete in the 100-meter hurdles prelims Thursday at 8:55 p.m. ET while freshman Sonnisha Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) will be in the long jump field Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET.

In the third and final heat of the 100-meter dash Wednesday, Paul crossed the finish line in 11.64 seconds and was unable to finish in the top-three spots to automatically qualify for Friday night's final.

The event concludes a successful sophomore season for Paul, who made it to the NCAA East Regionals for the second-straight season in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. She was clocked at a personal-best 11.36 seconds in the prelims of the NCAA East Championships and advanced to nationals with a strong run in the East finals.

In mid-May, Paul's strong efforts in three events, including a school-record time in the 200-meter dash, helped UCF win the Conference USA Outdoor Championship for the first time in program history.


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