ORLANDO, Fla. — No. 12 UCF put on a strong showing on Saturday at the UCF Invitational.
Jackie Coward shined in a neck-and-neck first-flight of the 100-meter Hurdles. Coward hurled herself across the finish line but was .01 shy of first place overall with her time of 13.05 (+1.9) to rank second in the country.
Her performance marked the second time she has met the provisional standard for the U.S. Olympic Trials and was .05 short of an automatic-qualifying time. Baylor’s Tiffani McReynolds clinched the new UCF Track and Field Complex record with the nation’s top mark of 13.04.
Jacquelyn Gilchrist bested her personal record in the triple jump twice. She recorded 12.53m/41-1.50 (+0.6) on her first attempt and topped it on her next try, settling for 12.56m/41-02.50 (+1.5) to finish seventh overall and among the top 15 in the country.
In her first-collegiate-outdoor 200 meters, Octavious Freeman clocked a wind-aided personal-best 22.92 (+2.8) for second place only to Olympian Abi Oyepitan and ahead of U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist DeeDee Trotter for the fastest time in NCAA. Dominique Booker zipped to a time of 23.84 (+2.8) to rank among the top 25 in the country and seventh place in the event.
Afia Charles and Amanda Leland both clocked a wind-aided personal bests in the 200M with times of 24.10 and 24.62 (+2.4), respectively.
Booker also recorded a personal-best 11.44 (+2.0) in the 100 Meters for fourth place and the fifth-best time in the country to pace six Knights in the race. Leland also finished among the top 10 with a wind-aided personal-best 11.74 (+3.4).
The 4×100-meter relay squad of Aurieyall Scott, Booker, Freeman and Coward rocketed to a second-place finish of 43.58. Clemson edged the Knights by .08 for first place and the new UCF Track and Field Complex record.
For the second-consecutive week, Cody Castillo and Teresa Huff improved their personal bests in the 1500 Meters, shaving their times to 4:44.48 and 5:07.73, respectively.
Satrina Oliveria finished third in her flight of the discus with a mark of 42.75m/140-03 for 11th overall as the Knights’ sole competitor in the event. Meanwhile, Destinee Romain (13.23m/43-05.00) and Precious Ogunleye (12.80m/42-00) both improved upon their marks from the season opener in the shot put.