Track and Field Wraps up Bob Pollock Invitational in Style

by Alex Clough

CLEMSON, S.C. – The record books were shaken up in the UCF Track and Field team’s finale at the Bob Pollock Invitational Saturday afternoon. Multiple Knights broke into the top 10 following remarkable efforts, as the distance squad represented the Black and Gold brilliantly.

We saw some progress from the distance group this week. Itโ€™s always good when you see our freshmen adding themselves to our top 10 lists. The pieces are there for greater performances later in the season.

Head coach Dana Boone

The day got started with the 800m, an event that showed the Knights' depth. Veteran Charlotte Crook led the way, continuing her dominating return to the track with a second-place finish and a time of 2:09.79, one of her best performances at the collegiate level and just under a second more than her personal best.

A European quartet continued in Crooks's footsteps as fellow countryman, Abigail Stratton, notched a fourth-place finish and the program’s seventh-best time of 2:10.88. The English native continues to climb up the ranks following her first three collegiate meets and now has a personal best in the 800m in back-to-back weeks.

German native Karin Dobiasch also broke into the top 10, running a 2:11.47 to claim sixth. Her performance places her in 10th, just a spot behind Hannah Taylor who shinned once again. Though the freshman didn’t set a personal best, Taylor still ran a strong 2:12.59 to round out the Knights in 11th.

The weekend’s final event came in the 3000m run, as two Knights secured top-10 finishes. Isabella Richardson led the way as she continued to build upon a promising freshman campaign, the New Zealander finished fifth with a season-best 9:49.14. She was trailed in ninth by Ali Del Re who ran a 9:58.60, a new personal best for the Florida native.

While the distance squad will rest up next weekend, the sprints and field group will split up for the Crimson Elite Invite and the Scarlet and White Invite.