Rayniah Jones Concludes Season at U.S. Olympic Team Trials


EUGENE, Ore. – The stellar season for UCF redshirt freshman Rayniah Jones came to a close on Sunday evening in the semifinals of the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field.
The Miami native finished fifth in her heat and 10th overall with a time of 12.68 to just miss the cut for the final. The top nine advanced to Sunday's final.
Jones concluded an outstanding outdoor season that saw her set the UCF school and freshman records, win the American Athletic Conference 100-meter hurdles title and finish as the NCAA 100H silver medalist.
On Saturday, the rookie ran a personal best 12.64 to finish second in her heat and advance to the Sunday's semifinals. Her time was the fifth-best in the first round.
Jones made it back-to-back U.S. Olympic Team Trials with Knights in the 100-meter semifinals. Jackie Coward, the 7-time All-American who held UCF's 100 hurdles record until Jones eclipsed it this year, advanced to the finals in 2016.  She joins Octavious Freeman and Aurieyall Scott, both of whom advanced in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the 2012 trials, as current UCF student-athletes advancing to the semifinals at the trials.
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