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Clemson Track Competes in Georgia Tech Invite

May 25, 1999

TIGERS COMPETE AT GEORGIA TECH The Clemson track and field teams competed at the Georgia Tech Invitational Saturday in Atlanta. The women’s 4x400m relay team of Simone Brown, Shekera Weston, Lashonda Cutchin and Nikkie Bouyer won the event with a season-best time of 44.34 to qualify provisionally for the NCAA Championships.

Weston was second in the 200m with a provisional time of 23.36. Bouyer finished fifth with a provisional time of 13.55 in the 100m hurdles, and junior Beth Ahern finished sixth with a time of 18:09.68 in the 5,000m.

In the field events, sophomore Mandy McLane recorded a new personal-best with a provisional mark of 11’8 1/2″ in the pole vault. Jamine Moton finished third in the shot put with a throw of 49’5 1/2″, and senior Kammie Blount was tenth with a throw of 137’2″ in the javelin competition.

The men’s 4x100m relay team finished second with a provisional time of 39.73, and freshman Ato Modibo finished second with a provisional time of 45.46 in the 400m. Junior Shawn Crawford also placed second in the 200m with a provisional time of 20.53.

In the field events, freshman Kai Maull placed fifth with a mark of 24’8″ in the long jump, and Ben Hess was eighth with a height of 16’1 3/4″ in the pole vault. Freshman Doug Ameigh tied for fifth at 6’9 1/2″ in the high jump competition.

CLEMSON TAKES ACC HONORS Clemson’s Ron Garner was named ACC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year and Tiger freshman Erin Nett earned freshman of the year, as voted on by the nine ACC coaches after last weekend’s ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Garner received his first ACC Coach of the Year honor after leading the Tigers to the 1999 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Title. Clemson finished the meet with 91 points and snapped the North Carolina streak of seven consecutive championship titles. This was Clemson’s second women’s outdoor title, the last one won in 1991.

Clemson pole vaulter Erin Nett received ACC Outdoor Freshman of the Year honors after setting a new conference pole vault record with a personal-best vault of 12′ 1/2″. The vault qualified the Bel Air, MD, native provisionally for the NCAA Championships.

Tiger Ato Modibo received the inaugural ACC Men’s Outdoor Freshman of the Year honor after an impressive first place time of 45.51 in the 400 meter dash. Modibo also anchored the 4×400 meter relay which placed third and finished fourth overall with a time of 20.79 in the 200 meter dash. The Tiger freshman from Beltsville, MD, recorded two NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 200 meters and 400 meters.

TIGER ATHLETES AMONG NATION’S LEADERS Freshman Ato Modibo is tied for the fifth-fastest time in the nation in the 400m after winning the 400m with an automatic qualifying time of 45.33 at the Clemson Invitational. Junior Shawn Crawford is tied for fourth nationally after winning the 200m and setting a new track record with an automatic qualifying time of 20.39 at the Orange & Purple Classic.

Freshman Todd Matthews is the top freshman nationally and ranks tenth overall after winning the Orange & Purple Classic with a time of 13.75 in the 110 hurdles. Sophomore Sultan Tucker ranks fifth after running a time of 13.73 in the event at Texas A&M. Kenny Franklin ranks 31st nationally after recording a time of 46.09 in the 400m at the ACC Championships.

Davidson Gill ranks seventh nationally after running an automatic qualifying time of 1:47.03 in the 800m at Texas A&M.

The 4x400m relay team of Charles Allen, Kenny Franklin, Davidson Gill and Ato Modibo holds the fifth-best time in the nation at 3:03.67.

The Clemson men’s 4x100m relay team of Charles Allen, Kenny Franklin, Shawn Crawford and Ato Modibo ranks tenth nationally after placing second with a provisional qualifying time of 39.44 at the Clemson Invitational.

Freshman Kai Maull is tied for 17th nationally with a long jump of 25’4, a personal-best that he recorded at Texas A&M.

The Clemson women’s 4x100m relay team of Terri Robinson, Shekera Weston, Shonda Cutchin and Nikkie Bouyer is ranked tenth nationally after winning the event with a provisional time of 44.34 at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

Senior Nikkie Bouyer is sixth nationally after running 56.64 in the 400m intermediate hurdles at the Orange & Purple Classic and ranks 19th nationally in the 100m hurdles after winning the event with a time of 13.36 at the same meet. Junior Shekera Weston ranks 22nd in the nation after recording a time of 23.26 in the 200m at the ACC Championships.

The Tigers’ 4x400m relay team ranks 11th in the nation after running the event in 3:36.25 at Georgia Tech.

In the field events, sophomore Jamine Moton is 27th nationally in the discus after winning the Penn Relays with a throw of 170’2″. She ranks 23rd in the shot put after winning the ACC Championship with a throw of 50’3 3/4″. Her throw of 181’7″ in the hammer ranks 39th nationally.

MEN’S NOTES FROM THE 1999 SEASON

Freshman Todd Matthews shared the ACC Outdoor Track Performer of the Week award for March 22 with Virginia’s Brian Kollar. He won the 110 high hurdles with a provisional time of 13.90 at the Clemson Relays.

Matthews was honored with the Pearcy Beard Award at the Florida Relays, given annually to the top hurdler at the meet. He won the collegiate 110 high hurdles with a NCAA provisional time of 13.87 and won the invitational 110 high hurdles in 14.02. Matthews, along with Sultan Tucker, Tony Washington and Ian Potter, ran on the shuttle hurdle relay team that won first place in 56.33.

At the Clemson Invitational, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Nebraska and South Carolina combined for four NCAA automatic qualifying performances, 11 provisional qualifying performances and two Rock Norman Track Records.

Also at the Clemson Invitational, junior Shawn Crawford won the 200m and set a new track record with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 20.41. The old record of 20.61 was set by James Trapp in 1990. Freshman Ato Modibo won the 400m at the meet with an automatic qualifying time of 45.33. His time is the second-fastest time in Clemson history.

The 4x400m relay team of Charles Allen, Kenny Franklin, Davidson Gill and Ato Modibo set a new Clemson record with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:03.67 at the Sea Ray Relays. The time is the third best in the nation this season. The old record of 3:03.76 was set in 1996 by Gill, Aaron Haynes, Shawn Thomas and Tony Wheeler.

The Clemson men’s track and field team placed second behind North Carolina at the ACC Championships in Clemson. North Carolina won the championship with 178 points, followed by Clemson with 157.5 points. The two teams have combined to win 10 out of the last 11 ACC Outdoor Championships.

Two Tiger freshmen and one sophomore won ACC titles at the meet. Freshman Ato Modibo won the 400m with a provisional qualifying time of 45.51, and fellow rookie Doug Ameigh won the high jump crown with a height of 7’1″. Sophomore Sultan Tucker placed first in the 110m hurdles, turning in a provisional qualifying performance of 13.82.

The men’s 4x100m relay team of Charles Allen, Kenny Franklin, Anthony Moorman and Shawn Crawford won the Championship of America competition at the Penn Relays with an NCAA qualifying time of 39.48. Crawford, Franklin, Ato Modibo and Davidson Gill posted a time of 3:18.23 to win the Championship of America sprint medley relay.

Senior Davidson Gill placed second with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying time of 1:47.03 to lead the Clemson track and field team at Texas A&M. His time was the second-fastest 800m time in Clemson history and was just .65 off the Tiger record of 1:46.28 set by Terrance Herrington in 1988.

Senior Joe Gibson competed at the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, CA. He placed 15th among all collegiate runners with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 14:09.71 in the 5,000m. The time was 15 seconds better than his previous personal-best.

Junior Shawn Crawford won the 200m at the Orange & PurpleClassic with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying time of 20.39, a new RockNorman track record. Crawford set the old record of 20.41 earlierin the season. The shuttle hurdle relay team of Sultan Tucker, TonyWashington, Todd Matthews and Ian Potter ran a time of 55.90 at themeet, the fastest time in the nation.

WOMEN’S NOTES FROM THE 1999 SEASON

At the Florida Relays, the Tiger 4x200m relay team of Terri Robinson, Shekera Weston, Shonda Cutchin and Nikkie Bouyer set a new meet and Clemson record and placed first with a time of 1:33.61, the fastest time in the nation at that point of the season. The old Clemson record of 1:34.50 was set in 1991 by Lisa Dillard, Anita Henderson, Angel Fleetwood and Kim Graham…The same four athletes made up the 4x100m relay team that won their event with a provisional qualifying time of 44.68 at the same meet.

Senior Nikkie Bouyer won the 100m high hurdles with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 13.46 at the Florida Relays.

Sophomore Jamine Moton placed second and set a new Clemson record with a throw of 181’7″ in the hammer competition at the Florida Relays. The old record of 156′ was set by Ann Marie McAuley last year.

At the Clemson Invitational, the Tiger 4x100m relay team of Robinson, Weston, Cutchin and Bouyer placed second with a provisional qualifying time of 44.53.

The Clemson women’s track team won the U.S. Collegiate Track & Field Series Meet at UNC Charlotte on April 10. The Tigers scored 222 points, followed by UNC Charlotte with 149 points. Connecticut was third with 114 points, and Virginia Commonwealth placed fourth with 110 points. Clemson took first place in 12 events.

Sophomore Jamine Moton won the shot put and the discus events to lead the Clemson women’s team to the 1999 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The win was only Clemson’s second ACC Championship in women’s outdoor track. The Tigers’ other championship came in 1991, when current head coach Ron Garner was an assistant for the Tigers. Clemson’s championship ended North Carolina’s string of seven consecutive conference crowns.

Moton won the shot put for the second consecutive season, recording a provisional qualifying mark of 50’3 1/4″. She won the discus with a throw of 163’5″, defeating three-time champion Amy Brown of Virginia.

Freshman Erin Nett won the pole vault with a provisional mark and personal best of 12’1/2″, to set a new ACC record. The Tigers’ 4x100m relay team of Terri Robinson, Shekera Weston, Lashonda Cutchin and Nikkie Bouyer won the ACC title with a provisional time of 45.07.

Sophomore Jamine Moton won the discus with a provisional qualifying mark of 170’2″ and placed third in the shot put with a provisional mark of 49’10” at the Penn Relays.

Senior Nikkie Bouyer led the Clemson women’s team in the running events at Texas A&M, placing second in the 400m intermediate hurdles with a provisional time of 58.78. Her time was the second-fastest 400m hurdle time in Clemson history, just .17 off the record of 58.61 set by Ane Skak in 1991.

Senior Nikkie Bouyer led the Tigers at the Orange & Purple Classic, winning the 400m intermediate hurdles with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying time of 56.58c, a new Clemson record. The old record of 58.61 was set in 1991 by Ane Skak. Bouyer also finished third in the 100m high hurdles with a provisional time of 13.36.

Senior Julianne Littmann placed fifth with an NCAA Provisionaltime of 4:23.50 in the 1500m at the Stanford Invitational. Her timewas a personal-best and ranks fourth on Clemson’s all-time list.This marks the first time since 1992 that a Clemson women’s trackathlete has provisionally qualified for the NCAAs.

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