May 15, 2003
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s track and field team will compete at the Georgia Tech Invitational this Friday and Saturday in Atlanta, GA. The meet gets under way Friday with field events at 7:00 PM, as well as the 1500 meters, 3000-meter steeplechase and 5000 meters on the track beginning at 8 PM. Saturday’s field events begin at 11 AM with running events opening at 5 PM. This year’s field includes ACC rivals Georgia Tech, Florida State and North Carolina.
Nine Lady Tigers have already qualified for the NCAA East Region Championships, and Shakirah Rutherford has posted qualifying times in four events, including the 400m, 400m hurdles, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. Silja Ulfasdottir has qualified in the 400m hurdles, and as a member of the 4x10m and 4x400m relay teams. Keshia Haughton is a qualifier for the Lady Tigers in the 100m hurdles, and Danielle Whaley have qualified on the 4x100m relay team. Denise Cruse and Nicholson, along with Rutherford and Ulfarsdottir, comprise Clemson’s qualified 4x400m relay team. In the field events, Gisele Oliveira has qualified in the long jump and triple jump, while Katie Pickett is a qualifier in the high jump. Joana Costa has qualified for the region meet in the pole vault, and Nicholson’s 5,200 points in the heptathlon provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championships.
This weekend, Shakirah Rutherford, Shakirah Rutherford, Silja Ulfarsdottir will also try to improve on its qualifying time of 3:41.94.
In the field events, Gisele Oliveira will compete in the triple jump, an event in which she leads the East Region, and Krystal Woods will represent Clemson in the discus throw. The Lady Tigers have three student-athletes competing in the javelin, including Krystal Woods and Katie Pickett.
Following this weekend’s meet, the Lady Tigers will take next weekend off to prepare for the East Region Championships to be held on May 30-31 in Fairfax, VA.
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