Feb. 21, 2002
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson men’s track and field team will compete at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet this Saturday, Feb. 23, in Blacksburg, VA. Last weekend, the Tigers claimed their sixth consecutive conference crown at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Chapel Hill, NC.
Five Tigers as well as Clemson’s 4x400m relay team have qualified for the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to be held in Fayetteville, AR, Mar. 8-9. Larry Griffin and Todd Matthews posted qualifying marks at the Appalachian State meet in December, while Dwight Thomas and Ato Modibo qualified in February at the Virginia Tech Challenge. Doug Ameigh posted his qualifying mark at the ACC Championships. The Tigers’ 4x400m relay team also qualified in February at the Tyson Invitational.
Ameigh cleared 7’3″ in the pole vault, ranking him third in the nation in that event among all qualifiers through Feb. 19.
Griffin’s converted 60m time of 6.72 currently ranks him 27th among all qualifiers through Feb. 19. Matthews’ converted 60m hurdles time of 7.79 ranks him sixth in the nation among all qualifiers through Feb. 19. Modibo’s time of 46.88 in the 400m ranks him seventh in the nation among all qualifiers through Feb. 19. Thomas recorded a qualifying time of 6.71 in the 60m dash, ranking him 24th nationally. He is ranked 11th in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.81. Clemson’s 4x400m relay team of Harper, Thomas, Spain and Modibo is ranked eighth overall with a time of 3:09.17.
Clemson opened the ranking season with a ranking of 11th on Jan. 15. The Tigers’ climbed as high as eighth on Jan. 22, before falling into a tie for 10th on Jan. 29. Clemson continued its slide in the polls as the Tigers moved from a tie for 23rd (Feb. 5) to no ranking in the Feb. 12 poll. The Tigers re-entered the poll on Feb. 19, tied for 21st.
The Tigers currently stand in ninth in the Team Power Rankings with a score of 257.54. Clemson was tied for fourth in the Team Power Rankings on Jan. 29 with 236.91 points. On Feb. 5 the Tigers were ninth with 239.89 points, and were 11th in the Feb. 12 poll with 247.11 points.
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