4x100 Relay Clocks World's Second-Fastest Time in 2012
The No. 12 UCF track and field team made the most of its abbreviated time at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic on Saturday with numerous personal bests and a remarkable performance from its 4×100 Relay team.
Prior to a weather delay that cut the Knights’ time short in Gainesville, the 4×100 Relay jetted to the second-fastest time in the world this year (43.35) clocked by a quartet of the same nationality. Dominique Booker, Octavious Freeman, Aurieyall Scott and Sheila Paul edged Ohio State in the race for first place, a school record and the third-fastest time in the NCAA this year. The B team of Christal Peterson, Jen Clayton, Amanda Leland and Sonnisha Williams also earned a top-three finish with a time of 45.38.
Williams impressed in the high jump by tying for second place with a personal-best leap of 1.70m/5-07.
The throwers represented the Black and Gold well as freshman Precious Ogunleye earned her best finish of the season thus far in the Hammer with a third-place toss of 48.09m/157-09. She went on to record personal bests and fourth-place finishes in both the Shot Put and Discus. She nearly topped the UCF freshman shot put record with a mark of 14.12m/46-04.00 and bested her personal record in the discus by nearly 13 feet with a toss of 47.75m/156-08.
Not to be outdone by her teammate, sophomore Destinee Romain recorded a personal best in the Shot with a throw of 13.92m/45-08.00 for fifth place and recorded her best discus mark of the season (35.90m/117-09).
Seniors Jacquelyn Gilchrist and Tomika Story held their own in the long jump as the top two collegiate finishers in the event behind France’s Eloyse Lesueur and Great Britain’s Jade Johnson. Gilchrist posted a wind-aided 6.16m/20-02.50 (+3.0) with Story right behind her in fourth place with a mark of 6.07m/19-11.00 (+2.9), which is a personal best in all conditions.
Freshman Teresa Huff jumped out to a great start in the 3000 Steeple and never lost her momentum to claim the first win of her collegiate career with a personal-best time of 11:48.06.
In her first appearance in the 3000 Meters this season, Jessica Pachay ran a personal-record 11:02.14.
The No. 12 UCF track and field team will split between the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., and the Memphis Invitational in Memphis, Tenn., on April 27-28.