Knights Finish Sixth at AAC Championship

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF track and field team used a trio of podium finishes to earn its highest team finish since 2017 at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday.


“I was pleased with the way we competed today,” UCF head coach Dana Boone said. “We had a few mishaps and injuries, but we fought hard. We improved our conference finish from a year ago, but there is more work to be done. The bright side is we had some podium finishes, lifetime bests and personal bests. We are a young team but gained some valuable experience today that will help in the future and set us up for outdoor season. We will regroup and get better from here.”


The Knights nearly doubled their point total from last season’s indoor championship and came up just five points shy of UConn to finish sixth overall in the field with 54 points.


Daneesha Davidson earned UCF’s highest finish of the weekend, taking second in the triple jump. The sophomore turned in a personal best performance, landing at 42-6.75/12.97m on her first attempt of the afternoon.


Shian Hyde turned in a pair of podium performances in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Hyde started the day by tying her personal best mark in the 60-meter, finishing third in 7.42. The Jamaican junior followed that outing by setting a personal best time of 23.63 in the 200-meter on her way to a third place finish.


The Knights amassed 13 points in the 60-meter dash, finishing third, fifth, seventh and eighth. UCF added 11 points to its team score in the 200-meter with third, fifth and eighth place finishes.


Zharia Moore chipped in five points with a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles.


The 4x400 relay squad added a pair of points, turning in a season-best 3:43.66 mark for seventh.


The Knights also added three points to UCF’s War on I-4 total, finishing six spots higher than South Florida in the team standings. UCF now leads the rivalry series 36-6.


UCF opens outdoor action on March 15 as the Knights host the two-day Black and Gold Invitational at the UCF Track Complex.




3. Shian Hyde 7.42

5. Ciara Holback 7.49

7. Nelda Huggins 7.50

8. Imani Clark 8.17


60m Hurdles

4. Zharia Moore 8.51



3. Shian Hyde 23.63

5. Ciara Holback 24.16

8. Imani Clark 40.92


Triple Jump

2. Daneesha Davidson 42-6.75/12.97m

11. Briana Potter 39-2.5/11.95m


Shot Put

9. Jhane’ Carter 46-11.75/14.32m

12. Shanell Atkins 45-0.5/13.73m

16. Gabby Durant 43-6/13.26m

17. Soteria Russell 43-2.5/13.17m


4X400 Relay

7. Devin D’Oliveira, Ciara Holback, Shian Hyde, Loren Gallmon 3:43.66



17. Charlotte Crook 9:59.24

36. Victoria Jung 10:16.58


Team Standings

1. Houston         98

2. Cincinnati      94.5

3. Wichita State 84

4. SMU               78

5. Connecticut   59

6. UCF                54

7. ECU                43

8. Memphis        36.5

9. Tulane            35

10. Temple         31.5

11. Tulsa            24

12. USF               23.5