WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW’s track and field programs head to the Sunshine State in search for some warmer weather and success against top notch competition at the Pepsi Florida Relays beginning on April 5 at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.

UNCW will compete against nationally-ranked athletes from Florida, Florida State, Southern California, Ole Miss, Indiana, Baylor, Oklahoma on the men’s side while the women’s field includes Texas, UCF, Baylor, Georgia and Southern Cal.

Leading UNCW’s contingent at the Relays will be junior sprinter Meena Reid, Aerial Chatman, Clarissa Perkins and Ryan O'Connor.

Reid continued to rewrite the Seahawk records book last weekend when she broke her own school records in the 100 and 200 meters, 11.59 and 23.92 seconds, respectively. Reid was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Athlete-of-the-Week for efforts. She ranks 11th in the East Region in the 100 and 23rd in the 200.

Aerial Chatman, who qualified for the 2012 NCAA First round in both the Triple and Long Jumps, will compete in the same events this weekend. Chatman ranks 14th in the East in the Triple Jump with a mark of 49-9.75 feet, posted at the Shamrock Invitational. His season-best for the Long Jump is 23-2.50 at the UNCW Seahawk Invitational earlier this season.

In the throws, Clarissa Perkins has been solid for the Seahawks since the season opener when she a UNCW record with a mark of 45-10.5 in the Shot Put. She’ll look to improve upon that mark, which ranks 48th in the East, this weekend when she also competes in the Discus, where she ranks 49th (150-4).

Sophomore Ryan O'Connor has been a main stay for the Seahawks in the middle distances. Last weekend at the Winthrop Invitational, he won the 1,500 meters after finishing fourth in the 400 the previous event. O’Connor owns UNCW’s top times in the 400 (49.12), 800 (1:53.22) and 1,500 (3:55.12). He will race in the 800 this weekend as well as on the Sprint Medley and Distance Medley Relays.

The Seahawks had success at the Florida Relays last spring when the men’s 4x800 relay, which included O’Connor, won its event with a time of 7:28.66. The women’s Sprint Medley and men’s Shuttle relays also set school records.

UNCW next competes in Conway, S.C., April 13, at the Coastal Carolina Classic.

Fans can follow all the action online at Flotrack.org, live stats at Deltatiming.com or on twitter using the hash tag #FLRelays.