ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The No. 9 UCF track and field team is ready to make some noise when All-American sprinters Aurieyall Scott and Octavious Freeman and senior hurdler Lutisha Bowen head to Fayetteville, Ark., for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships.
ESPN3 will stream the meet live Friday from 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. ET and Saturday from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. ET. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 17 from 7-9 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Arkansasrazorbacks.com and NCAA.com will stream portions of the meet that are not being covered by ESPN.
Known for its fast surface, the Randal Tyson Track Center is the current home of 17 collegiate records, 12 American records, four world records and 12-of-20 NCAA Championship meet running records.
Bowen, who is making her first appearance at an NCAA championship meet, will start things off for the Knights in the 60-hurdle semifinals at 7 p.m. ET Friday. The top-eight qualifiers advance to Saturday's finals at 7:20 p.m. ET.
Scott and Freeman will compete in Friday's 200-meter semifinal at 8:35 p.m., vying for a chance at medals in the finals, which is scheduled an hour later. Spectators are in for a show as Scott will square off against LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan in a rematch of their electric performances at the Randal Tyson Track in February's Tyson Invitational.
In that race, Scott edged Duncan for the then-world's fastest time and ninth-best time in collegiate history while delivering the reigning NCAA 200M champion and Bowerman winner's first loss in 18-straight collegiate events. The pair were the only collegians to advance to the finals of the 200M at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Freeman earned first team All-America honors in the 200M in 2012 with her fourth-place finish and personal-best time of 23.18.
UCF's dynamic duo will also highlight Friday's 60-meter semifinals at 7:55 p.m. ET. The finals are set for Saturday at 8 p.m.
As the NCAA's current leader, Scott enters the event as the favorite after she captured gold at the Conference USA Championships with the fifth-fastest time in collegiate history. Freeman is not far behind her teammate with the third-fastest time in the nation this season, making UCF the only school in the country to boast two of the NCAA's top-five performers.
The Knights look to improve upon their program-best finish at last year's meet where they placed eighth after medalist performances by Freeman (silver) and Scott (bronze) in the 60M.