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Knight Cap: Track and Field sends athletes to NCAA Championships

Plus: Bounce House gets new name

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With the seasons for Baseball and Softball wrapped up, the world of UCF Knights sports is about ready to head into the dog days of summer. However, there is still one sport that had one last thing to do for its season, the national championships in another sport, and some major general athletic department news.

So, along with the Knight of the Week, here is one final Knight Cap of Spring 2022 for Friday, June 3, 2022.


Track and Field sending four athletes and relay team to Oregon

The UCF Track and Field team competed in the NCAA East Preliminary in Bloomington, Indiana last week.

While 13 individual athletes and two relay teams entered the meet with a shot to make their way to the Championships in Eugene, Oregon, only three athletes and one team did so.

While she came short of a Championship berth, junior Charlotte Crook did set a new personal best in the 1500-meter run, thereby setting a new program record in the event.

So, joining Brittany Floyd, who was selected directly to the NCAA Championship Heptathlon on May 19, are:

- Rayniah Jones (100-meter hurdles)

- Asherah Collins (Triple Jump)

- Adrienne Adams (Discus Throw)

- 4x100-meter relay team

This will be Jones’ and Collins’ second time traveling to the NCAA Championships. The action for the Knights will begin at 8:32 p.m. EDT on June 9 with the 4x100-meter relay semifinal.


New Football Stadium name unveiled

The UCF Board of Trustees approved a naming rights agreement Tuesday that will rename the Bounce House to FBC Mortgage Stadium.

The 10-year, $19.5 million deal will go into effect on July 1.

FBC Mortgage had already been the field sponsor for the Bounce House since the 2020 season.


Marie Mattel Falls in NCAA Singles First Round

Junior Marie Mattel represented the UCF Women’s Tennis team in the NCAA Women’s Tennis singles Championship last week in Champaign, Illinois.

Mattel, ranked No. 116, fell in her first-round matchup to No. 26-ranked Stanford freshman Connie Ma (7-5, 6-3). She will finish her spring season 13-6 in singles play matches.

After Mattel’s exit from the tournament, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its final tram rankings for the 2022 season, revealing the UCF Women’s Tennis team finished ranked No. 21 in the country.


Knight of the Week

Rayniah Jones, Track and Field

Not only did Rayniah Jones punch her ticket to Oregon for the second consecutive year in her collegiate career, but she is now heading there to compete in two events.

Alongside her signature event, the 100-meter hurdles, Jones will also compete on the 4x100-meter relay team.