Three Knights to Represent UCF, USA at NACAC U-23 Championships

July 5, 2012

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By Jenna Marina

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - A week after wrapping up their time at the USA Olympic Trials, a trio of Knights will continue their track and field season this Friday at the North American, Central American and Caribbean U-23 Championships.

Freshman Octavious Freeman, sophomore Aurieyall Scott and junior Sonnisha Williams are three of 42 women who will represent Team USA when they travel to the USA Paralympic Track Stadium in Guanajuato, Mexico, on July 6-8.

Along with LSU, Kansas and Clemson, UCF is one of four programs that boast at least three competitors on the team.

Freeman and Scott will start things off in the 100 meters at 6:15 p.m. ET on Friday. Both emerged as All-Americans in the event at this year's NCAA Outdoor Championships and advanced to the semifinals at the Olympic Trials in June. Scott heads to Mexico days after advancing to the 200-meter finals of the Olympic Trials where she reset the school record and her personal best twice in three days.

The finals are scheduled later in the day at 8:15 p.m. The pair is also scheduled to compete in the 4x100 relay on Saturday at 9 p.m. along with LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan and Oregon's English Gardner.

Williams will wrap things up Sunday in the long jump at 10:20 a.m. ET alongside TCU's Whitney Gipson, who was the 2012 NCAA indoor and outdoor long jump champion and finished fourth in the event at the USA Olympic Trials last week. Williams has impressed in the event this year, topping both her indoor and outdoor school records and competing at the Olympic Trials.

"It's always an honor to be chosen for Team USA because it is a direct result of hard work and great performances," UCF head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert said. "Sonnisha, Aurieyall and Octavious have all earned this trip and I want them to run fast, jump far and have fun. It's a great ending to a long, yet productive season."