May 10, 2003
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s track and field team completed day one of competition at the 2003 Orange & Purple Classic with five regional qualifiers. Overall, 66 regional qualifying marks were posted, and a stadium record was set. North Carolina’s Laura Gerraughty set a Rock Norman Track Complex record mark of 61’9″ in the shot put, breaking Teri Steer’s record of 59’8.25″ set in 2002. The Orange & Purple Classic will resume Sunday morning, as the heptathlon competition continues beginning at 11:00 AM at the Rock Norman Track Complex.
In the track events, Keshia Haughton was a regional qualifier for the Lady Tigers in the 100m hurdles, recording a time of 13.97. In the 400m hurdles, Silja Ulfarsdottir placed second with a regional qualifying time of 1:00.15. The Lady Tigers’ 4x100m relay team also regionally qualified, turning in a time of 45.61 to place third.
Gisele Oliveira continued her assault on the Lady Tiger record books, recording a mark of 20’11.75″ in the long jump. That leap places her second on Clemson’s all-time list in the event. She already holds Clemson’s all-time best marks in the triple jump indoor and outdoor. In the pole vault, Joana Costa cleared 12’0″ to regionally qualify. That is the sixth time this season that Costa has cleared at least 12’0″, with a season-best effort of 12’10”.
After the first day of competition in the heptathlon, Lauren Nicholson is in second place with 3,155 points. She provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon earlier this season with 5,036 points posted at the ACC Championships.
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