No. 16 Track and Field Tallies Multiple Personal Bests to Begin Tom Jones Memorial

by Alex Clough

GAINESVILLE. Fla. – Multiple Knights tallied personal-best performances during day one of the Tom Jones Memorial at James G. Pressly Stadium. Led by a pair of PRs from the Jaszczak twins, the distance squad saw multiple promising outings, setting the tone for tomorrow’s busy slate.

Freshman Y’Vette Harris continues to impress during her first year in Orlando. The Stockton, California, native followed up her impressive debut in the heptathlon last weekend with a personal record in the 400m hurdles (1:00.13). She was trailed by Brianna Rodriguez who clocked a respective 1:00.24.

In the 200m, Rayniah Jones made her outdoor debut in the event with a 23.86, as sophomore Paige Archer placed two spots ahead with a 23.80 in heat four.

Holly Cassels, who set a personal record in the heptathlon last weekend at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, placed 25th overall in the javelin throw with her 33.47m mark.

Distance concluded the evening with a pair of events. Kendall Hughes led the way in the 1500m, clocking a 4:34.21 to finish 34th. She was trailed by Isabella Richardson (4:38.77) and Abby Clements (4:41.24), with the latter securing a personal best.

Spectacularly, the Jaszczak twins each secured top-10 finished and personal bests in the 5000m. Riley clocked an impressive 17:44.76 in fifth, while her sister followed suit with a sixth-place finish and a time of 17:47.91.

The Knights will be back in action tomorrow, starting at 9:30 a.m. with the 100m hurdles.