Eight members of the UCF track and field team, plus the 4×400 relay squad, will compete at the 2021 NCAA East Regional Championships May 27-29 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Rayniah Jones, who was recently named the American Athletic Conference’s Freshman of the Year, has qualified in two events. The Miami native enters the meet ranked second in the 100-meter hurdles thanks to a school record mark of 12.73. She nearly matched the time while claiming the league title with an American Athletic Conference meet record 12.76 in the event last weekend. Jones will also compete in the 100-meter dash. She ranks 11th in the event after running a personal best 11.23 at The American Championship.
Alexis Woodley will join Jones in the 100-meter hurdles. The Chesapeake, Va., native ran a personal best 13.24 in the finals at The American Championship to finish fifth overall. While she’ll be making her first regional appearance as a Knight, Woodley has now qualified for three consecutive regionals in the 100-meter dash.
A personal best 53.88 in the 400-meter dash qualified Latasha Smith for her first regional appearance.
Four days after tying the UCF record in the 1500-meter run, Charlotte Crook will make her first regional appearance and become the first Knight to represent UCF in the event at regionals. The Preston, England, native earned all-conference honors in the 1500m with a personal best 4:21.64 at The American Championship.
A personal best performance in the 400-meter hurdles qualified Selena Wright for her first NCAA East Regional. Wright is the first Knight to advance to regionals in the 400H since 2017.
For the first time since 2013, UCF will be represented at regionals in both the long jump and the triple jump. Jasmine Scott-Kilgo, in her first season at UCF, landed at 20-5/6.22m at The American Championship, which carried her to fifth place and a spot in Jacksonville.
Two Knights will compete in the triple jump in Jacksonville. Fresh off an American Athletic Conference title, Asherah Collins enters the weekend ranked 14th in the event. The Lake City, Fla., who opened the outdoor season with the UCF freshman record in the event, bettered her mark to 42-11.5/13.09m to claim the Black and Gold’s first triple jump title as members of The American. Kiara Lee will join Collins in the triple jump. The Madison, Wisc., native qualified for her first regional with a personal best mark of 42-0.5/12.81m.
For the first time since 2017, UCF is sending its 4×4 relay to the NCAA East Regional. The Knights enter regionals ranked 13th with a season-best mark of 3:35.82.
More information, including a full preliminary round schedule can be found here. The top 12 individuals in each event, along with the top 12 relay teams, will earn a spot at the NCAA Championships, which runs from June 9-12 in Eugene, Oregon.
UCF Participant Schedule
8:20 p.m. – 400H First Round (Selena Wright)