UCF Sets Record on Opening Day of Knights Invite


ORLANDO – The UCF track and field team opened the Knights Invite with a school record and two event titles on Friday at the UCF Track Complex.
Adrienne Adams started the meet off with a record performance in the discus. Her third attempt of the day landed at 17601/53.69m, which was not only a personal best, but also set the UCF record in the event. Adams broke LaKendra Thames' record 174-4/53.14m set int 2010. Her mark also gave her the event title and moved her up to eighth on the NCAA's outdoor performance list.
The Knights also captured the 200-meter dash title as Beyonce Defreitas held off a late rally in her heat to take gold in 23.61. Latasha Smith ran a personal best 23.63 in her outdoor season debut to finish third. In all, six Knights finished in the top 10 and seven finished in the top 12 o the event.
Natalia Madison cleared a personal best 5-7.75/1.72m to finish second in her first collegiate outdoor high jump. Kaliah Jones added a podium finish, taking third with a height of 5-5.75/1.67m. Brittany Floyd cleared a personal best 5-5.75/1.67m to finish eighth.
Selena Wright finished third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.10. Kennedie Reese set a personal best in the long jump, landing at 17-5.5/5.32m. Brenna Mullaney improved her 1500-meter run mark by more than 16-seconds, running 4:49.16 in the event. Holly Cassels set a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 35-8.34/10.89m.
UCF returns to action on Saturday, beginning with the hammer throw at 10 a.m. The senior class will be recognized at 11:30 a.m. and track action follows at noon.
UCF Results
1. Adrienne Adams 176-1/53.69m
13. Nicole Whitaker 107-8/32.83m
1. Beyonce Defreitas 23.61
3. Latasha Smith 23.63
4. Ciara Holback 23.64
5. Danielle Bess 23.80
6. I'Asia Wilson 23.95
7. Kiah Williams 24.02
11. Ani Wells 24.58
26. Kai'lyn Kirkland 25.55
36. Kennedie Reese 26.91
High Jump
2. Natalia Madison 5-7.75/1.72m
3. Kaliah Jones 5-5.75/1.67m
8. Brittany Floyd 5-5.75/1.67m
400m Hurdles
3. Selena Wright 1:01.10
6. Tamia Badal 1:03.45
8. Alicia Coleman 1:05.06
9. Abby Bendle 1:05.47
Long Jump
6. Kennedie Reese 17-5.5/5.32m
7. Holly Cassels 17-4/5.28m
7. Brittany Floyd 117-4/35.77m
16. Natalia Madison 68-4/20.84m
11. Brenna Mullaney 4:49.16
13. Kambry Smith 4:51.16
47. Megan Rhodes 5:39.89
Shot Put
13. Holly Cassels 35-8.34/10.89m
16. Kennedie Reese 33-8/10.26m
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