Strong First Day for Knights at Penn Relays

April 28, 2011

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By Pat Salvas

PHILADELPHIA (UCFAthletics.com) - On a cold and wet afternoon that saw multiple weather delays due to lightning and heavy rain, the UCF women's outdoor track & field team posted a strong showing at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field Thursday. The Knights' 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams made immediate impacts on the first day of competition, as both qualified for championship heats.

UCF's 4x100-meter relay team qualified second overall for Friday's Championship of America heat. The Knights ran a 43.79 to take first in their heat and were just 12-hundredths of a second back of first-place and national power Texas A&M. The contingent of Dominique Booker, Aurieyall Scott, Lynne Layne and Sheila Paul combined to post UCF's third-fastest time of the season despite Thursday's wet conditions at the historic Franklin Field.

The second-place finish is also impressive considering the field of more than 80 teams from across the country competing in the event.

The 4x400 relay team also fared well as it placed ninth in a field of 81 teams in 3:40.00. Afia Charles, Scott, Sandy Jean and Champelle Brown comprised the team that was just four-tenths of a second off the program record set two weeks ago at the Tom Jones Memorial. The foursome will now run in Saturday's College Division Championship heat.

In the Championship Division of the long jump, sophomore Sonnisha Williams placed third with a mark of 19-11.00/6.07m. Jacquelyn Gilchrist represented the Knights in the College Division, finishing 12th with a distance of 18-8.0/5.69m late Thursday afternoon. Both Gilchrist and Williams faced tough weather conditions as strong gusts of wind made the approach difficult throughout the day.

Jean ran in the 400-meter hurdles for the Knights, placing 41st in 1:02.84.

UCF is back in action tomorrow for Day Two. The schedule of events includes the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams as well as the sprint medley and the shuttle hurdles. Individual races for members of the Black and Gold will take place in the 100 meters and the 100-meter hurdles.

The Knights return home next week for their final home meet of the season on Thursday May 5. UCF invites its fans, neighbors and supporting community to come out and celebrate the opening of the new Soccer and Track Stadium during the UCF Twilight with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the Ribbon Cutting and UCF Twilight track meet is FREE. There will also be complimentary parking in Garage F (adjacent to the track & field complex).

UCF Track & Field - The Penn Relays

Philadelphia, Pa. - Franklin Field

Day 1 - April 28, 2011

4x100-Meter Relay

2. UCF 'A' 43.79

(Booker, Scott, Layne, Paul)

4x400-Meter Relay

9. UCF 'A' 3:40.00

(Charles, Scott, Jean, Brown)

400-Meter Hurdles

41. Sandy Jean, 1:02.84

Long Jump - Championship

3. Sonnisha Williams, 19-11.00/6.07m (+3.3)

Long Jump - College

12. Jacquelyn Gilchrist, 18-8.0/5.69m (-0.4)