March 31, 1998
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Tigers traveled to Gainesville, Fl. for the three day Florida Relays meet. Still feeling hot from their successful indoor finish the Tigers continue to dominate in the outdoor season. The relay teams especially preformed well at the meet with two of the three finishing first and the other placing second. The 4x100m relay team took first with a time of 39.31 which automatically qualifies them for the NCAA championships. Running on the 4x200m relay team was Carlton Chambers, Charles Allen, Shawn Crawford and Kenny Franklin who claimed second place by setting a new Clemson school record with a time of 1:22.38. They replace the old time of 1:23.19 that was ran in 1995 by Gerard Alexander, Tony Wheeler, Enayat Oliver, and Shawn Thomas.
Also setting new records was the 4x110m shuttle hurdle relay team of Sultan Tucker, Jeremichael Williams, Tony Washington, and Greg Hines who ran a time of 56.17. This is a new Florida track record and just misses the Clemson school record by .09 seconds. But the school record time of 56.08 ran in 1997 by Greg Hines, Aaron Haynes, Marcus Phillips, and Jeremichael Williams is still the fastest colegiate time in the country.
The Tigers preformed well in the individual events with the hurdles being the most dominate area for theteam.
Clemson’s top hurdlers, seniors Jeremichael Williams, Greg Hines and Aaron Haynes all qualified for the NCAA championships. In the 110m invitational Williams took second place with a time of 13.79, which is an NCAA provisional time, while Hines also competed finished fourth hurdling a time of 13.95. He also provisionally qualified. Hines also competed in the 400m hurdle invitational claiming sixth with a time of provisional time of 50.81.
Haynes ran to a third place finish in the open section of the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.94, this is a provisional time. He also took part in the collegiate 400m hurdle finishing third with an NCAA qualifying time of 50.94. Haynes currently ranks second in school history in the hurdles with a time of 50.06 that he ran in 1997.
Hines, Tony Washington and Scot McCray all competed in the collegiate section of the 400m hurdles as well and placed ninth, 19th and 34th with times of 51.91, 53.89 and 57.24, respectively. Hines is also in the Clemson record books with a fourth place time of 50.34 which he ran in 1996.
In the sprints All-American Shawn Crawford, a sophomore from Van Wyck, SC., continued his hot streak by capturing the 200m dash invitational with an NCAA automatic time of 20.46. This is a new Florida track record and places him fifth in the school record books. Crawford also grabbed the 100m dash invitational by running 10.34, this is a provisional time.
Freshman Sultan Tucker finished tenth in the collegiate 100m dash with a time of 10.78. Fellow hurdler and All- American Jeremichael Williams placed 31st with a time of 11.12.
The Tiger distance runners saw some action as well. Junior Kevin Bulla ran to a second place finish in the 1,500m run with a time of 3:56.90. Sophomore Steve Alexander, from Pickens, SC, placed 11th in the same event running a time of 4:01.51. Junior Esteban Diaz won his event the 1,500m invitational run with a time of 3:46.66.
The Clemson women’s track team came back from Florida with two new school records.
First in the relays the 4x100m team broke a six year old record when they placed first with a time of 43.91. The 1991 time of 44.39 was ran by Anita Henderson, Lisa Dillard, Angel Fleetwood and Kim Graham. The time this weekend is also an NCAA automatic qualifying time.
A new hammer record was set by junior Ann Marie McAuley threw 156’0″‘ (47.56) to replace teammates Julie Polovicks record of 146’0″ which she threw in 1997. McAuley finished 11th in the event.
The Lady Tigers aslo had great preformances in other events. Junior Nikkie Bouyer hurdled to an NCAA provisional time of 13.64 to claim third place in the 100m hurdle invitational. Bouyer currently holds the school record in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.34, which she ran in 1996.
Clemson placed second and third in the 200m dash invitational when sophomore Shekera Weston took sceond by running a provisional time of 23.59, while senior Somine Tomlinson ran to third place with a time of 23.62. Weston currently ranks third in the school record books in the 200m dash with a time of 23.52 that she ran in 1997.
Clemson had four athletes compete in the 100m dash with freshman Terri Robinson leading the way with a fourth place finish time of 11.97. Placing behind her was teammate and fellow frosh Simone Brown, who ran a time of 11.99. Another freshman Lashonda Cutchin ran to a 11th place finish with a time of 12.22, while junior Stephanie Hicks, from Ninety-Six, SC, placed 20th with a time of 12.67.
In the 1,50m run the Lady Tigers placed third, fifth and seventh with Julianne Littman finishing third, 4:35.54, then fresmen Shannon Schoppman, 4:38.47 and Jennifer Meador, 4:44.01.
The 4x1600m sprint medley relay ran a time of 3:50.56 for a first place finish, while the 4x400m invitational relay team had a time of 3:38.39. In the collegiate 4x100m relay run the Lady Tiger team had a time of 44.50 which provisionally qualifies them for the NCAA Championships.
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