May 12, 2011
NOTE: Seeding for the 200m dash will be done Saturday, two hours prior to the competition time.
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson track & field program will play host to the Tiger Final Qualifier on Friday and Saturday, a meet that will serve as a last chance opportunity to earn qualification to the NCAA East Preliminary Round held in Bloomington, IN on May 26-28. The top 48 individuals and top 24 relays will secure spots at the NCAA East Prelims. This is the second year the format has been used to determine participants for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.
Five current members of the track & field program will compete this weekend after earning their undergraduate degrees from Clemson University on Friday. Atop the list of graduating seniors is Patricia Mamona, the defending outdoor national champion in the triple jump. She will attempt to top her personal best, a Rock Norman Track record leap of 46’2.75″ set last weekend at the Bob Pollock Invitational.
Also graduating on Friday from the Clemson track & field program are Stephanie Buffo, Alex Padgett, Kim Ruck and Chris Slate. Former track & field athletes Jenna Baker, Linda Buchholz, Chad Holt and Amy Morrison are also set to receive their diplomas Friday.
The action gets underway Friday at 2:00 PM with the women’s pole vault, followed by the women’s long jump and discus at 3:00. The first track event will be the prelims for the 100m dash, slated to start at 4:55 PM. Prelims will be held Friday for both the men’s and women’s 100m dash and 100m/110m high hurdles.
Also on Friday, Clemson will field athletes in an assortment of distance events, beginning with the men’s 800m run at 7:55 PM. Slate, the ACC runner-up in the event, headlines a group of four entries for the Tigers. Buffo will run the 3000m steeplechase at 8:15 PM to try and improve her East Region ranking, while Ty McCormack looks to do the same in the men’s race at 8:30. Ruck will conclude the day’s action in the 5K at 8:45.
Saturday will feature multiple field events, beginning with the javelin throw at 10:00 AM. Padgett and Brittney Waller are scheduled for the hammer throw, starting at 11. Padgett will also look to improve his mark in the shot put on Saturday. April Sinkler is entered in all three jumps again this weekend, which concludes with the triple jump Saturday afternoon. She and Mamona are scheduled for that event following the conclusion of the men’s triple jump, which starts at 1:00.
On the track, the women’s 4x100m relay will be the first event Saturday at 1:00 PM. The men’s 4×1 will follow approximately 10 minutes later. The finals for the high hurdles will take place at 1:30 for the women and 1:40 for the men. The 100 finals are at 2:10 and 2:15, respectively. The 400m dash is set for 1:50, the 400 hurdles at 2:50, and the 200m dash at 3:15. The 4x400m relays will finish the action, beginning at 4:05 PM.
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