April 3, 2007
Clemson, SC – The men’s track & field program at Clemson is 14th in the initial Trackwire rankings for the outdoor season. The Tigers have a total of five student-athletes and one relay team listed in the ‘Dandy Dozen’ of various events.
Travis Padgett, national champion in the indoor 60m dash, is listed atop the rankings in the 100m. He was an All-American in that event as a freshman last season, and has posted regional-qualifying times in two outings so far this season. Fellow sprinter Jacoby Ford is listed fifth in the 100m, despite not having seen action this season due to spring football practice. He finished third in the 60m dash at NCAAs in March.
The Tigers’ 4x100m relay team is listed seventh in the initial ‘Dandy Dozen.’ So far this season, Clemson has posted two regional-qualifying times, with a best of 40 seconds flat. Gwantaveus Anderson, Corey Brown, Padgett, and Cowin Mills comprise that group currently.
Itay Magidi is ranked among the ‘Dandy Dozen’ in the steeplechase, his best event. Magidi has yet to compete during outdoor season as well, but was ninth in the NCAA indoor 3000m run last month. He is second on the Tigers’ all-time performance list in the steeplechase.
Jason Bell is listed 11th in the triple jump. The Warner Robins, GA native earned indoor All-America honors in that event last month. He holds the Clemson outdoor record in the triple jump and was an All-American in 2006 in the event as well.
Ryan Koontz is ranked among the ‘Dandy Dozen’ in the decathlon in the eighth spot. He earned All-America honors last outdoor season in the 10-event competition, and was an indoor All-American last month in the heptathlon. He ranks fourth on Clemson’s all-time performance list in the decathlon.
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