Week-Long Hiatus Ends as Knights Travel to Florida's Tom Jones Memorial

April 15, 2011

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By Pat Salvas

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF outdoor track & field team will return to Gainesville after a one-week hiatus when it travels to Florida's Tom Jones Memorial this Saturday afternoon. The Knights last ran two weeks ago at the Florida Relays, also at the Percy Beard Track Facility.

The Tom Jones Memorial is one of the top meets in the nation each year and features some of the best and most talented programs in the country. Joining UCF on Saturday will be teams from FAU, Texas A&M, Navy, Princeton, TCU, Eastern Michigan, Florida A&M, Tampa and the hosts from Florida.

Freshman thrower Satrina Oliviera was the lone Knight to compete last weekend, participating in three events at the National Training Center in Claremont at the Throws and Jumps Challenge. Oliviera's day was highlighted by a personal-best throw in the hammer throw of 136-5.00/41.59m.

Sophomore Sonnisha Williams won the long jump two weeks ago in Gainesville. The previous week at the UCF Invitational, Williams set a new program record with a mark of 20-11.75/6.39m, which is the longest non-wind aided mark in the nation this year.

UCF's 4x100-meter relay team set a new program record in the event last time out at Percy Beard Track, finishing as the top collegiate team in 43.53. Dominique Booker, Aurieyall Scott, Lynne Layne and Sheila Paul combined to post the new record, which ranks third nationally in 2011. Texas A&M and LSU are the only two teams to have run better times in the event this season. The Aggies are competing against the Knights on Saturday as they made the trip to Florida.

Scott earned Conference USA Female Athlete of the Week honors for her performances in the 4x100 as well as the 200 meters at the Florida Relays. Scott broke the previous school record in the 200 by more than seven-tenths of a second, running a 22.98 to finish as the top collegiate runner. That time ranks as the fourth fastest in the nation this season.

In all, the Knights will compete in 16 events Saturday afternoon. Field events are slated to begin at noon with running events set to start at 3 p.m. with the 4x100 meters. UCF's final event of the day, the 4x400-meter relay, will get underway at 8:45 p.m. under the lights.