One week after cracking into the top 10 of the outdoor season’s national rankings for the first time in program history, the UCF track and field team climbed even higher on Monday. The Knights rose two spots to No. 7 in the USTFCCCA poll.
UCF is the lone Conference USA team present in the national team rankings and is second only to Florida (No. 5) among programs in the state. Moreover, Caryl Smith Gilbert is the only female head coach of a current top-10 program.
Coupled with the indoor season, UCF has not fallen out of the top 25 dating back to April 26, 2011. The Knights’ highest ranking came during the 2012 indoor regular season at No. 5 for back-to-back weeks on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7.
UCF boasts 16 entries in 10 different events at the NCAA East Preliminary Round that will be held at Irwin Belk Track inside of Aggie Stadium of North Carolina A&T. The Knights claim 12 marks that rank among the region’s top 25. Of those 12, nine rank among the top five in their respective events.