Two UCF Long Jumpers Secure Spots at NCAA Championships
May 24, 2012
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Two members of the No. 14 UCF track and field team punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships with their performances on the first day of the NCAA East Preliminaries at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida on Thursday.
Junior Sonnisha Williams and senior Jacquelyn Gilchrist, who were two of UCF's national-best four entries in the long jump, finished sixth and 10th, respectively, in the event to move on to the finals at Drake in June. Gilchrist will make her first appearance at the NCAA Championships after posting a personal-best 6.20m/20-4.50 (-0.2) Thursday. Williams will return to the outdoor championships for the first time since 2010 thanks to her leap of 6.29m/20-7.75 (-1.2).
This year will mark the first time in school history that UCF secured multiple entries in any jumps event at the NCAA Championships.
The Knights advanced three competitors to the 100-meter quarterfinals Friday and also claimed the top two fastest times of Thursday's first round. Aurieyall Scott and Octavious Freeman again reached the automatic-qualifying standard for the Olympic Trials and finished as the top two qualifiers with their wind-legal times of 11.25 and 11.29, respectively. In the process, Scott shattered the previous Hodges Stadium facility record of 11.57. Senior Sheila Paul crossed the finish line with the second-fastest time of her heat (11.66) to automatically advance to Friday's finals, as well.
As UCF's first freshman throws competitor at the preliminaries since 2007, Precious Ogunleye improved her distance on each of her three attempts in the shot put and finished in 25th place with a toss of 14.77m/48-5.50 for her second-best mark of the year.
UCF resumes action Friday at 3 p.m. with the discus. The Knights will also have entries in the 100 hurdles, 100 meters and 200 meters. Links to live results and live video can both be found on UCFAthletics.com.