A day after Octavious Freeman posted the world’s leading 100-meter time – rewriting both the Pepsi Florida Relays and facility records in the process – the No. 12 UCF track and field team kept the momentum going Saturday at Percy Beard Track.
The sprint medley group of Freeman, Alexis Faulknor, Afia Charles and Ne’Ausha Logan smashed a 4-year-old school record with a second-place time of 3:46.52. Freeman and Faulknor blazed through their 200-meter legs, and although Charles stumbled just before the curve at 200 meters of her 400-meter leg, she recovered quickly and pushed through to hand off to Logan for the final 800 meters. Together, they shed more than six seconds off the previous program best.
All three throwers representing UCF in the shot put advanced to the finals. Freshman Megan Patterson paced the group with a collegiate-best 14.31m/46-11.50 for third place, marking the best finish in any event of her career. Sophomore Precious Ogunleye finished eighth (13.82m/45-04.25) and Destinee Romain was close behind with a toss of 13.80m/45-03.50.
Two Knights also advanced to the hammer throw finals where Kalen Hambrick recorded a new personal record for the second-straight week. Hambrick hit a PR on her first attempt before topping that mark in the finals with a seventh-place throw of 51.95m/170-05. Meanwhile, Ogunleye took ninth place (51.11m/167-08).
Sonnisha Williams, Jen Clayton, Amanda Leland and Sandy Jean comprised UCF’s 4×200 relay that finished second among collegiate teams and fourth overall with a time of 1:34.71.
The Knights next head to Miami for the Hurricane Alumni Invitational on April 13.