Knights Pick Up Points on Day Two of AAC Championship


WICHITA, Kansas - The UCF track and field team had a big second day at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship. Three Knights made the podium, including Brittany Floyd, who became the first Knight to ever win the AAC heptathlon title. 

The day got started with the final three heptathlon events. The Knights started with a bang with Floyd setting a meet record in the heptathlon long jump and Natalia Madison coming in third. 

Floyd followed that up with a career best 43.36m in the javelin to win that event. The final event of the heptathlon was the 800-meter. Floyd and Holly Cassels finished in the top 10. 

When the final numbers were crunched, Brittany Floyd became UCF's first ever heptathlon champion with a score of 5604. Natalia Madison also picked up five points for the Knights and broke her freshman record with 5226 points. 

Jasmine Scott-Kilgo made it on the podium for the long jump with a distance of 6.05m. 

UCF had four competitors in the 100-meter hurdles trials and qualified all four for the final on Sunday. Rayniah Jones led the way, winning her heat in 13.11. Selena Wright was right behind her, finishing in 13.15. Alicia Coleman put up a personal best 13.76 and Tamia Badal ran 13.79 to qualify. 

Katie Pinnell was the next Knight to qualify for a Sunday final after she posted a time of 2:10.08 in the 800-meter run.

The Black and Gold had a huge showing in the 400-meter trials, advancing four Knights into Sunday's final. Latasha Smith, Kiah Williams, and Danielle Bess each won their heats and Samieryah Bradwell qualified on time.  

The momentum continued into the 100-meter trials with Jones, Ciara Holback, and Beyonce Defreitas qualifying for the finals on Sunday. 

Brenna Mullaney capped off the day with a bronze medal finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:05.78. 

As the teams head into Sunday's final day of competition, the Knights sit in seventh in the standings through eight events scored with 27 points.

The final day of action begins at 3:30 pm ET with the discus and triple jump. Track action starts at 5:30 pm ET with the 4x1 relay.

UCF Results 

1. Brittany Floyd 5604 points
4, Natalia Madison 5226 points
9. Holly Cassels 4778 points

Long Jump
1. Brittany Floyd 5.95m
3. Natalia Madison 5.77m
10. Holly Cassels 5.33m

1. Brittany Floyd 43.36m
7. Holly Cassels 31.85m
12. Natalia Madison 27.57m

4. Brittany Floyd 2:23.19
7. Holly Cassels 2:26.51
11. Natalia Madison 2:32.26

Long Jump
3. Jasmine Scott-Kilgo 6.05m 
9. Kiara Lee 5.80m
19. Leiya Green 5.58m

3000m Steeplechase 
3. Brenna Mullaney 11:05.78

100H trial 
1. Rayniah Jones 13.11Q
4. Selena Wright 13.15q
7. Alicia Coleman 13.76q
8. Tamia Badal 13.79q

800m trial 
5. Katie Pinnell 2:10.08Q
9. Cydni Turner 2:11.81 
10. Mariana Rodriguez 2:14.37

400m trial
2. Latasha Smith 53.21Q
3. Kiah Williams 53.57Q
4. Danielle Bess 53.70Q
8. Samieryah Bradwell 54.36q
12. Kai'lyn Kirkland 55.24

100m trial
1. Rayniah Jones 11.36Q
4. Ciara Holback 11.51Q
5. Beyonce Defreitas 11.41q
11. I'Asia Wilson 11.63