Knights Conclude Weekend at Penn Relays with Two More School Records

April 30, 2011

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By Pat Salvas

PHILADELPHIA (UCFAthletics.com) - What began in the cold rain Thursday ended on a sunny Saturday afternoon with yet another two school records for the UCF outdoor track & field program at the Penn Relays. The Knights wrapped up their three days at the event held at historic Franklin Field with two more school records in the 4x400- and 4x800-meter relays.

"We ran well today, I thought," head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert said. "Two school records at the Penn Relays against some very formidable opponents is always nice. We know we have some work to do moving forward as we prepare for the conference meet and we know that starts with the Twilight on Thursday."

After qualifying ninth overall on Thursday afternoon for the top spot in the College Division final, UCF's 4x400-meter relay team dominated Saturday afternoon. In the final event of the weekend for the Knights, the foursome of Champelle Brown, Afia Charles, Sandy Jean and Aurieyall Scott combined to run a program-record 3:36.76 to claim first place.

Smith Gilbert shook up the relay team, which had set the previous record of 3:39.60 just two weeks ago at the Tom Jones Memorial in Gainesville. Jean and Scott were added to the event this weekend and moved into the third and fourth legs for Saturday's final; flipping Scott from fourth on Thursday. It was a good move as the Knights shattered the previous mark by nearly three seconds en route to claiming first place.

The 4x800-meter relay team also broke a record in the final day of competition from Philadelphia. UCF's team of Ne'Ausha Logan, Carley Dart, Erica Winston and Dan'Elle Bellamy placed 10th in a record time of 9:00.50, eclipsing the old mark set two years ago of 9:01.70.

The Knights have now broken the school records in the 4x100-, 4x200-, 4x400- and 4x800-meter relays during the 2011 outdoor season.

In the Championship of America final heat of the 4x200-meter relay, UCF's Dominique Booker, Sonnisha Williams, Lynne Layne and Sheila Paul combined to finish fourth in 1:34.18. The Knights qualified sixth in 1:34.33 Friday afternoon.

UCF was also represented by two individuals in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles and the 100-meters on Saturday. Jackie Coward ran to a fifth-place finish in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles in 13.63 after posting the fastest-qualifying time on Friday. Booker was the lone UCF entrant in the finals of the 100 meters, finishing ninth in 11.68.

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 3 - April 30, 2011

4x200-Meter Relay (Championship of America)

4. UCF `A' 1:34.18

(Booker, Williams, Layne, Paul)

4x400-Meter Relay

1. UCF `A' 3:36.76^

(Brown, Charles, Jean, Scott)

4x800-Meter Relay

10. UCF 9:00.50^

(Logan, Dart, Winston, Bellamy)

100-Meter Hurdles

5. Jackie Coward, 13.63

100 Meters

9. Dominique Booker, 11.68