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Knights Wrap Opening Weekend in Clemson


CLEMSON, S.C. The UCF track and field team wrapped up its first weekend of indoor action with another strong showing at the Clemson Invitational on Saturday.
"I was very pleased with the team's efforts," UCF head coach Dana Boone said. "We had a great start to our indoor campaign. The goal is to keep building from here. I'm glad that they have gained some confidence. They can now start to see what's possible. We will rest up and get ready for our next competition at Virginia Tech next weekend."
Natalia Madison debuted with a top eight finish in the high jump, clearing 5-5/1.65m to finish eighth.
Latasha Smith continued her strong start to the season with a personal best 37.81 to finish sixth in the 300-meter dash. Kiah Williams (38.83), Danielle Bess (38.97) and Samieryah Bradwell (39.12) all turned in personal bests to join Smith in the top 15.
Jasmine Scott-Kilgo made an impressive indoor triple jump debut, taking fifth in the even with a 42-0/12.80m jump. Kiara Lee used a personal best 41-1/12.52m to join Scott-Kilgo in the top 10 as she finished sixth overall.
Racing her third event of the weekend, Rayniah Jones added another top 10 finish to her name, running a personal best 24.01 for eighth. She was joined in the top 10 by Beyonce Defreitas who took ninth in 24.22.
Valerie Lastra posted a top 10 finish in the 3000-meter run, finishing sixth in 10:05.54.
The Knights closed out the weekend with a top five finish in the 4x4. The relay squad of Samieryah Bradwell, Kiah Williams, Kai'lyn Kirkland and Latasha Smith finished fourth in 3:41.76.
UCF returns to action next weekend, heading to Virginia Tech for the Hokie Invitational.
Friday Results
4. Samieryah Bradwell/Kiah Williams/Kai'lyn Kirkland/Latasha Smith 3:41.76
9. Selena Wright/Beyonce Defreitas/Tamia Badal/Jadae Barrett 3:53.48
Triple Jump
5. Jasmine Scott-Kilgo 42-0/12.80m
9. Kiara Lee 41-1/12.52m
10. Natalia Madison 39-1.75/11.93m
6. Latasha Smith 37.81
12. Kiah Williams 38.83
13. Danielle Bess 38.97
14. Samieryah Bradwell 39.12
24. Selena Wright 41.36
25. Tamia Badal 41.63
6. Valerie Lastra 10:05.54
19. Brenna Mullaney 10:39.50
22. Isabella Babilonia 10:46.90
High Jump
8. Natalia Madison 5-5/1.65m
12. Kaliah Jones 5-3/1.60m
15. Holly Cassels 5-3/1.60m
8. Rayniah Jones 24.01
9. Beyonce Defreitas 24.22
11. Ciara Holback 24.32
15. I'Asia Wilson 24.68
20. Ani Wells 25.00
11. Katie Pinnell 2:16.94
12. Jadae Barrett 2:17.92
13. Cydni Turner 2:18.77
Shot Put
18. Holly Cassels 32-5.75/9.90m
19. Brittany Floyd 32-0.75/9.77m
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