March 5, 2005
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson men’s track and field team completed regular-season competition at three last chance meets held this Saturday. The Tigers’ brought home season-best performances in five events, including Jason Bell (triple jump), Roy Cheney (60m hurdles), George Kitchens (long jump), Itay Magidi (3000m) and the 4x400m relay team.
At the Virginia Tech Last Chance Meet in Blacksburg, VA, Kitchens won the long jump competition with an indoor career-best and school-record mark of 25’4.75″. That leap was also a provisional qualifying mark. Bell was the top collegiate finisher with his season-best and provisional qualifying mark of 52’1.75″. He ranks third on Clemson’s all-time list with that mark. Adam Linkenauger placed second in the high jump with a clearance of 6’10.75″.
Cheney finished fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.88, after posting a season-best and provisional-qualifying time of 7.87 in the preliminaries of the event. In the semi-finals, he recorded a time of 7.90. In the 60m dash, Ronald Richards crossed the finish line in the semi-finals of the 60m in 6.78 after running a 6.79 in the preliminaries. The Tigers’ 4x400m relay team of Richards, Michael Bolling, Rashad Gardner and Cheney also turned in a season-best effort with a 10th-place finish and time of 3:10.52.
Magidi moved into fourth on the Tigers’ all-time indoor list in the 3000m with his performance at the Alex Wilson Invitational. He placed fifth with a time of 8:05.09, narrowly missing a NCAA qualifying mark. Derrick Wyatt crossed the finish line in 8:12.80 to finish 14th among collegiate competitors.
The 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships begin on Friday, Mar. 11 in Fayetteville, AR.
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