School Record Highlights UCF's Second Day at Penn Relays

April 29, 2011

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By Pat Salvas

PHILADELPHIA (UCFAthletics.com) - Unlike Thursday, which was marred by heavy rain, thunder storms and weather delays, Friday was a much better day for the UCF outdoor track & field team at the Penn Relays. The Knights' second day at historic Franklin Field was highlighted by a second-place showing and a new school record in the shuttle hurdles.

"It was an exciting day," head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert said. "We had much better execution this afternoon and it was good to compete against some of the top teams from across the nation. We expect to see same level of competitivesness tomorrow with our relay teams."

Karessa Farley, Jackie Coward, Champelle Brown and Ashley Bolling combined to run a 53.83 Friday in the event to take second place in record time. The foursome eclipsed the previous mark of 54.07 set two years ago; a record Coward was also a part of.

Following a second-place showing on Day One in the 4x100-meter relay, Dominique Booker, Aurieyall Scott, Lynne Layne and Sheila Paul finished third in the Championship of America final heat Friday afternoon. The Knights' improved their time by nine-hundredths of a second from yesterday, crossing in 43.70.

The 4x200-meter relay team placed sixth and qualified for Saturday's final with a 1:34.33 in the preliminary heat. Booker, Layne and Paul also comprised the Knights in the race with the addition of sophomore Sonnisha Williams running the second leg of the event. Saturday's Championship of America final is scheduled for a 1:45 p.m. start.

Booker also claimed seventh place in the 100 meters in a personal-best time of 11.60. Booker's time and placement earned her a spot in the final heat Saturday at 3:45 p.m. Layne just missed qualifying herself as she finished 10th in 11.72 in the event.

Despite running in two relay events Friday, Coward had the stamina to place second in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.39. Coward won her heat and was barely edged by Texas A&M's Natasha Ruddock in the tie-breaker as she qualified for Saturday's final. Farley (12th, 13.80) and Mica Wimberly (21st, 14.15) ran in the event as well.

UCF's sprint medley also competed Friday afternoon, finishing 12th in 3:58.95. Paul, Coward, Brown and senior Carley Dart comprised the quartet of Knights in the race.

Saturday marks the final day of competition for UCF at the Penn Relays. The 4x400- and 4x800-meter relay teams will make their debuts with final heats in the 4x200, 100 meters and 100-meter hurdles also on the schedule for the Black and Gold.

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 2 - April 29, 2011

4x100-Meter Relay (Championship of America)

3. UCF `A' 43.70

(Booker, Scott, Layne, Paul)

4x200-Meter Relay

6. UCF `A' 1:34.33 (Qualified)

(Booker, Williams, Layne, Paul)

Shuttle Hurdles

2. UCF `A' 53.83^

(Farley, Coward, Wimberly, Bolling)

Sprints Medley (Championship of America)

12. UCF `A' 3:58.95

(Paul, Coward, Brown, Dart)

100 Meters


7. Dominique Booker, 11.60! (0.0) (Qualified)

10. Lynne Layne, 11.72 (-0.6)

100 Meter Hurdles

2. Jackie Coward, 13.39 (-0.5) (Qualified)

12. Karessa Farley, 13.80 (+1.1)

21 Mica Wimberly, 14.15 (-0.9)