Track and Field Concludes Competition at Clemson and Vanderbilt

by Alex Clough

CLEMSON, S.C. – The UCF Track and Field team concluded its regular season with strong performances at the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Tiger Paw Invite in Clemson. Overall, the Knights set six personal bests along with multiple top-10 performances across both meets to cap off its first indoor slate ahead of the Big 12 Indoor Championships.

Following a late-night Friday, the Music City Challenge got underway at 9:30 a.m. as Penelope Sosa secured a season-best 10:01.02 and a 20th-place finish in the 3000m.

In the 800m, freshman Abigail Stratton capped off a remarkable weekend with another personal best, claiming second in the event with a time of 2:09.26. Following a career performance this weekend, the English native now sits sixth in 800m and fifth in the mile (4:52.44).

Moreover, both of Stratton’s outings in Nashville were within one second of breaking two freshman records, held by Rosie Chamberlain in the 800m (2:08.90) and Valerie Lastra (4:51.75) in the mile.

The 200m commenced action at Clemson as I’Asia Wilson clocked a 24.16 in heat 10. UCF concluded the Music City Challenge with the 400m as Hannah Taylor showed her versatility, clocking in at 56.84 and securing a ninth-place finish.

In the day’s final event, Asherah Collins secured a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a 13.08 mark. Collins has consistently jumped above 13.0m with back-to-back performance nearing her personal best of 13.15m. The All-American remains among the top of the conference, likely entering the championships fourth in the performance list.


Coach Boone and her squad will prepare throughout the next two weeks for the historical weekend in Lubbock, Texas. The 2024 Big 12 Indoor Championships will be held at the Sports Performance Center at Texas Tech from February 23-24.