Rayniah Jones Highlights Knights First Day at NCAA National Championships


AUSTIN, Texas – It was yet another dominating performance from Rayniah Jones as she led UCF with a strong qualification in the 100-meter hurdles on day two of the 2023 NCAA Track and Field Championships. Multiple Knights garnered All-America honorable mentions as well.

"I'm super proud to see Rayniah return to the 100H final," said head coach Dana Boone. "The rest of the events didn't go as well as we hoped but I'm proud to have had so many represent UCF at the NCAA National Championships."

The day was highlighted by Jones, a six-time All-American, who secured a massive qualification in the 100-meter hurdles. The program record holder secured a second-place finish in heat one with her time of 12.91. The Order of Pegasus recipient will compete in the finals for the third consecutive season as she becomes just the second Knight in program history to accomplish the feat, joining UCF legend Jackie Coward (2010-12).

Jones would also garner an All-America honorable mention in the 100-meter dash minutes later as the junior ran an 11.52 to finish 24th. In her first National Championships competing in three events, the junior will look to cap off a historic season in style on Saturday in the 100-meter hurdles final at 9:42 p.m. ET. (Watch)

In the long jump, Jasmine Scott-Kilgo concluded her collegiate career with an 18th-place finish (5.95m/19-6.25). It was the fifth-best performance in program history at the National Championships, as the Canadian leaves UCF with the fourth-best jump (6.38m/20-11.25) all-time.

In her first career National Championships, Kaylor Harris wrapped up an impressive season with a 22nd-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.82. The senior wraps up her career in Orlando with the program's third-best time in the event (13.01), as she became just the fourth Knight ever to compete on the big stage.

Kiah Williams finished 21st (52.34) in the 400-meter dash on her first trip to the National Championships as the junior concluded a breakout season that saw her climb the history books. She currently holds the second fastest time (52.29) in the event, along with becoming the first athlete in program history to qualify in the 400-meter.

The 4x100-meter relay squad concluded their season as they garnered an All-America honorable mention.

DNF. Lampkin, Jones, Defreitas, Wilson

8. Rayniah Jones: 12.91 (Q)
22. Kaylor Harris: 13.82

24. Rayniah Jones: 11.52

21. Kiah Williams: 52.34

18. Jasmine Scott-Kilgo: 5.95m/19-6.25