Jan. 15, 2003
Three high school standouts, including two from the state of South Carolina, have committed to continuing their academic and athletic careers at Clemson. Della Clark, Beth Jordan and Sara Young will compete for the Lady Tigers beginning in 2003-04. Jordan and Young are both South Carolina natives, while Clark is a native of Georgia.
“We are very thankful to have signed these three young ladies during this year’s early signing period,” said Clemson Head Coach Marcia Noad. “We beat out some high quality competitors in order to get these student-athletes to commit to Clemson. We know that each of these ladies will bring great contributions to our program as quality students, athletes and people.”
Clark, a thrower from Acworth, GA, was the 2001 region shot put champion and 2002 shot put and discus region champion. She was the Georgia state runner-up in the shot put and was a qualifier in the shot put, hammer and discus for outdoor nationals in 2002. She is the North Cobb High School record holder in the shot put, and has earned four varsity letters in track and one varsity letter in fast pitch softball.
Jordan, a pole vaulter from Aiken, SC, is a high school All-American who won the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic State Meet in 2002. She placed second at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic regional meet, and finished fifth at the national meet. Jordan won the South Carolina 4A state championship, and also claimed the 2002 Coaches Classic, Outback Azalea Meet and Aiken County Meet. The second-place finisher at the Taco Bell Meet also earned all-state and all-region honors in 2002. A National Honor Roll student, Jordan has earned several athlete of the year awards and is the Aiken High School pole vault record holder. She currently has a personal-best of 11’6″.
A pole vaulter from Greenwood, SC, Young has a personal-best of 12’5.5″ and was the 2002 Junior Olympic National Silver Medalist. She was the Junior Olympic Junior Region Champion, and currently ranks sixth in the nation in the pole vault. She is the South Carolina State record holder in the pole vault, and was the Class A state champion in the event in 2001 and 2002. She was named to the all-state team in 2000, 2001 and 2002, and was the Palmetto State Games Champion in 2001. Young was also the South Carolina State Class A state champion in the 100m hurdles (2000-2002) and in the 400m hurdles (2000, 2002).
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