No. 9 UCF Track and Field Turns In Three First-Place Finishes
Feb. 8, 2013
By Jenna Marina
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (UCFAthletics.com) - There was no stopping the No. 9 UCF track and field team Friday night in its final tune-ups before the Conference USA Indoor Championships. UCF saw some of its best times of the season, near-school records and a bevy of top finishes as the team split more than 800 miles apart from each other at the Tyson Razorback and Clemson Tiger Paw Invitationals.
In Arkansas, it was business as usual for UCF's talented trio of sprinters, whose times through the preliminaries, semifinals and finals all ranked among the NCAA's top 20. Aurieyall Scott (7.24), Octavious Freeman (7.27) and Dominique Booker (7.35) each won her respective heat as they swept the top-three qualifying times in the preliminaries.
They dominated in the semifinals as Scott and Freeman again emerged as the top finishers in their respective heats, and Booker automatically qualified for the finals with the second-best finish in her heat. Scott (7.20) and Booker (7.32) both posted season-best times in the round. Freeman walked away with the event's crown in the finals with a time of 7.20, one-hundredth of a second off her season best, and Booker placed fourth at 7.38 while Scott was held out of the finals.
Junior Afia Charles finished second in her heat and sixth overall in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 54.53, which is second on the conference leader list this year.
Senior Lutisha Bowen finished second in her heat to qualify for the 60-hurdle semifinals with a time of 8.33. Her time of 8.45 did not advance her to the finals.
Junior Ne'Ausha Logan nearly topped the 800-meter school record with a personal-record and season-best time of 2:09.42 for fourth place. She was .29 shy of erasing the 3-year-old program record.
Jen Clayton proved dependable once again in the long jump with her third-straight top-three finish, posting 6.00m/19-08.25.
Meanwhile, at the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson, several other Knights were hard at work and turned in two first-place performances.
Freshman Heather Classe blew away the field in the 5000 meters with a personal-best showing of 18:10.96 to claim first place by more than 12 seconds.
The throwers had a productive day in the weight throw, claiming three of the top-four finishes. Sophomore Precious Ogunleye set a new personal record 18.38m/60-03.75 for second place and the third-best mark in Conference USA this season. She was followed by Destinee Romain's 17.21m/56-05.75 and Kalen Hambrick's 17.20m/56-05.25.
Freshman Allison Lampert fell just shy of her personal best in the high jump with a second-place leap of 1.65m/5-05. Erica Weiss hit her second-best mark of the season (3.63m/11-10.75) in the pole vault to tie for first place.
Erica Winston posted a season-best time of 2:15.23 as UCF's sole performer in the 800 meters for ninth place.
The Knights are back in action Saturday morning. Live results for Tyson are available via Flash Results. A video stream of the meet is available through RazorVision for a fee, and fans can follow the hashtag #TysonInv on Twitter. Live results for Tiger Paw were down Friday but hope to be working Saturday via TimingInc.com.