UCF Set for Carolina Challenge

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – For the third weekend in a row, the UCF track and field team is headed to the state of South Carolina. The Knights will compete at the Carolina Challenge, hosted by the University of South Carolina.


The two-day meet begins Friday at the Indoor Track and Field Complex in Columbia. The Knights are one of 48 collegiate programs that will be represented at the meet.


Friday’s events will begin at 10 a.m. with the open weight throw. At 11 a.m., the Knights will be competing on the track in the open 60-meter dash and will also have a pair in the long jump. The Black and Gold will be represented on the track in the 60-meter hurdles, mile and 3000-meter run, along with the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles invitational. In the field events, UCF will have competitors in the open shot put and triple jump.


Saturday action will begin with the pole vault at 10 a.m. The Knights will compete in the invitational weight throw, shot put and triple jump. On the track, UCF will compete in the 800-meter run and the 200-meter dash before closing out the weekend with the 4x400 relay.


In its first two weekends of competitions, UCF has continued to show improvement. Nationally, eight Knights are ranked in the top 70 in five individual events, plus the 4x4’s performance at the Bob Pollock Invitational landed the squad among the top 70 as well.


The Knights are also moving up among the conference competitors. UCF has 15 members of its squad ranked among the top 10 in their respective events. In the 60-meter dash, UCF holds second (Nelda Huggins), fourth (Imani Clark) and sixth (Shian Hyde). The trio are joined by Ciara Holback in the top 10 of the 200-meter dash. Zharia Moore has the third-fastest time in the 60-meter hurdles and both the 4x4 and distance medley relay rank fifth among conference times.


In the field events, Daneesha Davidson ranks seventh in the triple jump. A pair of Knights, Shanell Atkins and Jhane’ Carter, hold top 10 marks in the shot put. Carter is joined by Gabby Durant in the top 10 of the weight throw.


Live stats will be available for both days of the meet here: