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Knight Cap: Women’s Golf Tees Off

Plus: Anne-Marie Blaney runs in Olympic Trial

This past week of UCF Knights sports saw one team’s road adversity continue, one team begin its spring slate and more.

We recap all of the action, plus we give you our Knights of the Week and Play of the Week in this edition of Knight Cap on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.

Track and Field Takes Boston

The UCF Track and Field team sprint and distance squads traveled to Boston last weekend for the Crimson Elite and the Scarlet & White Invite.

Highlights from both meets include:

  • Senior Rayniah Jones winning gold in the Crimson Elite’s 60-meter hurdles (8.05) and in the Scarlet & White Invite’s 200 meter dash (23.51)
  • Junior Adaobi Tabugbo earned a bronze in the same Crimson Elite 60-meter hurdles event with an 8.20.
  • Junior Asherah Collins earned gold in the Crimson Elite’s triple jump (13.14 meters).
  • Junior I’Asia Wilson earned gold in the Crimson Elite’s 60 meter dash with a 7.26.
  • Junior Kiah Williams earned a silver in the Scarlet & White Invite’s 400-meter dash with a 53.32.

Full results from both meets can be found here and here.

The Knights will once again divide and conquer on Feb. 9-10 for their final meets before the Big 12 Indoor Championship. The distance squad is traveling to Nashville for the Music City Challenge while the sprint and field squads head to Clemson for the Tiger Paw Invite.

Women’s Golf tees off spring slate

The UCF Women’s Golf team began its spring season last weekend as it hosted the UCF Challenge at Eagle Creek Golf Club.

True freshman Molly Smith led the way for the Knights, finishing runner-up in the tournament overall with a 206 (10-under). It keeps Smith’s streak of Top 15 individual finishes alive and is the second time she has shot one of the top 10 lowest 54-hole individual scores in program history, tying for eighth. Her performance also helped her go up two spots to #12 in the Scoreboard individual rankings.

Her performance helped UCF finish in a tie for fourth place as a team at 856 (8-under), alongside Northwestern and the College of Charleston. The Knights finished ten strokes back of the champion North Carolina. However, they did maintain their #13 spot in the Scoreboard rankings.

Full results from the UCF Challenge can be found here.

A spot on the team’s lineup opened up for Poots because sophomore Pimipisa “Sandwich” Sisutham was away competing in the Asia-Pacific Women’s Amateur, representing her native country, Thailand. She finished in a tie for 33rd with a 287 (1-over).

The Knights will be back in action on Feb. 18-20 in Melbourne for the Moon Golf Invitational, hosted by Louisville.

Women’s Tennis drops third straight

Struggles on the road continue for the UCF Women’s Tennis team after a 4-2 loss to Florida International (3-2).

While junior Sophia Biolay and senior Jaleesa Leslie gave the Knights (1-3) a couple of points thanks to winning their respective singles matches, 6-2, 6-3, the Panthers had the early advantage with the doubles point.

With the team’s matchup against Miami (FL) slated for Sunday getting cancelled due to inclement weather, UCF will return to the USTA National Campus to face #6 Tennessee on Feb. 16 in the midst of a three-match losing streak.

Anne-Marie Blaney sets personal best in Olympic Marathon Trial

Former UCF distance runner Anne-Marie Blaney was back in Orlando Sunday for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trial.

Blaney set a new personal best for the marathon with a 2:30:43 time, finishing 16th out of the 117 female runners that finished.

Knight of the Week

Javon Baker, Football

UCF wide receiver Javon Baker turned heads at the Senior Bowl this week.

The week of showcasing his skills to professional scouts culminated in two receptions for 22 yards for the National team during the game.

Knights Play of the Week

Mya Burns nails 3-pointer to take lead over Iowa State