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Everything You Need To Know About the 2024 UCF Track and Field Team

Boone’s Back in the Big 12

Courtesy of UCF Athletics

As the UCF Knights’ Track and Field team begins its Big 12 era, it is also the beginning of the end for a crop of athletes that has helped lead the program to four straight conference titles and get it back to the national stage.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Knights for their 2024 Indoor and Outdoor campaigns:

Last Season

Indoor and Outdoor AAC Champions; 8 athletes (across 6 events) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

The Knights ended their time in the American Athletic Conference on a high note, once again winning both the Indoor and Outdoor titles.

Additionally, another group of athletes earned their way to the NCAA Outdoor Championship, with Rayniah Jones making her third consecutive 100-meter hurdles final appearance and Asherah Collins setting a new program record in the triple jump, but falling just two centimeters short of the Final. Still, both athletes came away with Second-Team All-American honors.

This Season

While it is the first year for the Knights in the Big 12, it will be the last for senior Rayniah Jones and other athletes who ushered in the program’s successes under head coach Dana Boone.

“At the end of the day, we all love UCF and we all love being here, we all love this environment and nobody wants to lose what we built,” Boone said. “So, that’s the motivation. That’s the focus.”

Who’s in Charge

Dana Boone - 6th season

The head of the AAC’s Coaching Staff of the Year for the fourth consecutive time, Dana Boone makes a grand return to the Big 12 in 2024. Before arriving in Orlando in 2018, Boone served as an Associate Head Coach at Texas Tech for three seasons.

Along for the ride are a pair of new hires: Bryan Harmon will coach the distance runners and Jasmyne Graham will assist Boone with the sprinters and hurdlers.

Watch our preview video with Coach Boone here:

Athletes to Watch

Rayniah Jones (Sprinter)

The defining athlete of the Dana Boone era will have one final chance to claim an individual NCAA Championship in the 100-meter hurdles. A feat that has only gotten more difficult as the years have passed.

Last year, Jones set a new program record in the event and became the third Knight ever to make a Final in three consecutive seasons.

“She’s training about as well as I could ask her to train this fall, so I’m excited,” Boone said.

Asherah Collins (Jumper)

While Collins has been joining Jones at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the last three seasons, 2023 proved to be her breakout year. She finished the highest any UCF field athlete has ever finished in a decade and came within two centimeters of the Triple Jump Final after setting a new program record.

Her NCAA Championship performances have steadily improved with every appearance, and 2024 will serve as her fourth chance.

Kiah Williams (Sprinter)

A mainstay in the 400-meter hurdles, Kiah Williams broke out in 2023 to become the first UCF athlete to make the NCAA Championship in the event.

Latasha Smith (Sprinter)

She holds three UCF program records (the Indoor 400-meter dash, the outdoor 400-meter dash, and the outdoor 200-meter dash), six AAC Championship gold medals and is the only UCF athlete not named Rayniah Jones to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championship in the Boone era.

Yet, fate has robbed Latasha Smith, via both illness and injury, from ever making an NCAA Outdoor Championship. 2024 will be the West Palm Beach native’s last chance to do so.

Isabella Richardson (Distance)

The New Zealand native has led the way for the UCF Cross Country team, and last track season she ran the fastest indoor 3K in program history since Anne-Marie Blaney, capturing the freshman record for the event in the process.

Charlotte Crook (Distance)

After missing last season due to injury, the UCF outdoor 1500-meter run record holder Charlotte Crook is back for one last season as the team’s lone fifth-year runner.

Who We’ll Miss

Jasmine Scott-Kilgo (Jumper)

She saved the best for her last season. Scott-Kilgo held the program’s Long Jump record for nearly two months before Asherah Collins edged her out in the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Speaking of the Championship, Scott-Kilgo made her first NCAA Championship last season in the Ling Jump, becoming the first Knight to make it there for the event since 2014.

Adrienne Adams (Thrower)

Part of the UCF field athlete renaissance of 2023, Adams has set the program discus throw record three times in her time as a Knight.

Adams elected to enter the transfer portal as a graduate student and has announced she will be transferring to Auburn.

Beyonce Defreitas (Sprinter)

Another one that saved her best for her last season, Defreitas broke out as an individual in 2023 to make it into the Top 5 in program history in the outdoor 100-meter dash, the indoor 200-meter dash and the outdoor 200-meter dash. She is also on two of the top three fastest 4x100-meter relay teams in program history.

However, she has also helped the 4x100-meter relay team qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championship three times (2019, 2022 and 2023).

Who’s New That’s Good

Adaobi Tabugbo (Sprinter)

A transfer from BYU, Tabugo served as the opening runner for the Cougars’ 4x100-meter relay team, which set a program record to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championship in 2023. She has also competed in the 60-meter dash and hurdles and the 200-meter dash in indoor seasons and the 100-meter dash and hurdles and the 200-meter dash in outdoor seasons.

Roster Breakdown

  • 9 Freshman
  • 8 Sophomores
  • 14 Juniors
  • 7 Seniors
  • 1 Fifth-Year
  • 21 Floridians
  • 8 International Athletes (England, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Bahamas, Germany and Nigeria)

2024 UCF Track and Field Roster

Name Event Group Year Hometown 2023 School 2023 Achievements (Postseason or Record Broken)
Name Event Group Year Hometown 2023 School 2023 Achievements (Postseason or Record Broken)
Abby Clements Distance Fr. Pinellas Park, Fla. Osceola Fundamental HS
Abigail Stratton Distance Fr. Colne, England Colne Park HS
Adaobi Tabugbo Sprints Jr. Laurel, Maryland BYU Competed in 2023 NCAA Outdoor Championships as member of 4x100m relay team.
Alexandra Del Re Distance Jr. Tequesta, Fla. UCF
Alexis Waller Jumps Fr. Converse, Texas Judson HS
Andrea Ballestero Distance So. Clearwater, Fla. UCF
Ani Wells Sprints Sr. Tampa, Fla. UCF
Asherah Collins Jumps Jr. Lake City, Fla. UCF Finished 10th in NCAA Outdoor Championship Triple Jump; 2nd Team All-American; Set new UCF Outdoor Triple Jump Record
Ashlyn Green Throws Jr. DeBary, Fla. UCF
Brenna Mullaney Distance Jr. Severna Park, Md. UCF
Brianna Rodriguez Sprints Fr. Columbia, S.C. Westwood HS
Camryn Williams Distance Jr. Keystone Heights, Fla. UCF
Charlotte Crook Distance 5th Preston, England UCF
Colleen Branch Sprints So. Atlanta, Ga. Kentucky
Ese Awusa Sprints Jr. Ifako, Nigeria New Mexico JC Competed in 2023 NJCAA Outdoor Championships in 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, and 4x100-meter relay.
Hannah Taylor Distance Fr. Aberdeen, Scotland Ellon Academy
Hayley Manners Jumps Sr. Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada Central Michigan Comepeted in NCAA East Prelim in Long Jump
Holly Cassels Multis Jr. Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. UCF
I'Asia Wilson Sprints Jr. Lakeland, Fla UCF Made NCAA Outdoor Championship with 4x100m relay team
Isabella Richardson Distance So. Auckland, New Zealand UCF Ran 2nd fastest indoor 3K and 3rd-fastest indoor 5K run in program history
Janiah Pulliam Sprints Fr. Matthews, N.C. Butler HS
Janyah Jasper Sprints Sr. Dallas, Texas UCF
Kai'lyn Kirkland Sprints Jr. Jacksonville, Fla. UCF
Karin Dobiasch Distance Fr. Seefeld-Bayern, Germany N/A
Katelyn Kenselmeir Sprints Fr. Greenwood, Ind. Center Grove HS
Kendall Hughes Distance So. Brandon, Fla. UCF
Kiah Williams Sprints Jr. Hallandale, Fla. UCF Made NCAA Outdoor Championship in 400m dash
Latasha Smith Sprints Sr. West Palm Beach, Fla. UCF Set UCF Outdoor 200m and 400m Records
Leiya Green Jumps Jr. Jacksonville, Fla. UCF
Lillian Holtery Distance Jr. Niceville, Fla. UCF
Natalia Madison Multis Jr. Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. UCF Earned 2nd-highest scoring heptathlon and pentathlon in program history
Nicole Whitaker Throws Sr. Delray Beach, Fla. UCF
Paige Archer Sprints So. Nasau, Bahamas UCF
Paige Jaszczak Distance So. Mims, Fla. UCF
Penelope Sosa Distance So. Miami, Fla. UCF
Rayniah Jones Hurdles Sr. Miami, Fla. UCF Finished 9th in NCAA Outdoor Championship 100H, 2nd Team All-American; Set UCF 100H record; Also made NCAA Outdoor Championship in 100m and 4x100 relay
Riley Jaszczak Distance So. Mims, Fla. UCF
Tamia Badal Hurdles Sr. Tomball, Texas UCF
Y'Vette Harris Multis Fr. Stockton, Calif. Lincoln HS

Schedule Breakdown

During the Indoor season, the Knights Field and Distance squads will compete once in the state of Florida before traveling the country from Boston to Texas. Head Coach Dana Boone will make two homecomings to Lubbock, Texas. First, at the Corky Classic on Jan. 20 and then for the Big 12 Indoor Championship in late February.

2024 UCF Indoor Track and Field Schedule

Date Event Location Host Event Groups Competing
Date Event Location Host Event Groups Competing
Jan. 12 Jimmy Carnes Invitational Gainesville, FL RADD Sports Field and Distance
Jan. 12 Rod McCravy Memorial Invite Louisville, KY Kentucky Sprints
Jan. 19 Vanderbilt Invitational Nashville, TN Vanderbilt Field
Jan. 20 Corky Classic Lubbock, TX Texas Tech Sprints and Distance
Jan. 26 Bob Pollack Invitational Clemson, SC Clemson Distance
Feb. 2 Crimson Elite Cambridge, MA Harvard Sprints and Field
Feb. 3 Scarlet & White Invite Boston, MA Boston College Sprints and Field
Feb. 9 Valentine Invitational Boston, MA Boston U Distance
Feb. 9 Tiger Paw Invite Clemson, SC Clemson Sprints and Field
Feb. 23 Big Xll Indoor Championship Lubbock, TX Texas Tech All
Mar. 8 NCAA Indoor Championship Boston, MA Boston College Qualified Athletes

As for the Outdoor season, most of the Knights’ events will be in the state of Florida, starting with the traditional pair of mid-March home meets, the Black and Gold Invitational and the Knights Invite.

UCF will only leave the state for one weekend in April during this stretch before traveling to Waco, Texas for the Big 12 Outdoor Championship.

2024 UCF Outdoor Track and Field Schedule

Date Event Location Host Event Groups Competing
Date Event Location Host Event Groups Competing
Mar. 15-16 Black and Gold Invitational Orlando, FL UCF All
Mar. 22-23 Knights Invite Orlando, FL UCF All
Mar. 29-30 Pepsi Florida Relays Gainesville, FL Florida All
Apr. 5-6 Hurricane Alumni Invitational Miami, FL Miami (FL) Multis
Apr. 12-13 Tom Jones Invitational Gainesville, FL Florida All
Apr. 19-20 Georgia Tech Invitational Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech Distance
Apr. 20 LSU Alumni Gold Baton Rouge, LA LSU Sprints and Field
Apr. 26-27 East Coast Relays Jacksonville, FL North Florida All
May 9-11 Big 12 Outdoor Championship Waco, TX Baylor All
May 22-25 NCAA East Preliminary Lexington, KY Kentucky Qualified Athletes
June 5-8 NCAA Outdoor Championship Eugene, OR Oregon Qualified Athletes

The Last Time...

UCF had a distance runner in an NCAA Championship: 2017. No distance runner since Anne-Marie Blaney in the 2017 Indoor Championship has made it to an NCAA Track and Field Championship.

UCF had an event national champion: 2013. It’s now been over a decade since Aurieyall Scott’s Indoor 60-meter dash title in 2013.

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