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Indoor Track and Field Competes at NCAA Championships

March 6, 1999

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – The Clemson men’s and women’s indoor track teams are competing at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Indianapolis. After the first day of competition, the men’s team is tied for 11th place with eight points. Arkansas leads the meet with 38 points. Junior Shawn Crawford, sophomore Sultan Tucker, senior Nikkie Bouyer, sophomore Terri Robinson and junior Shekera Weston each earned All- American honors during the first day’s events.

Crawford, the defending national champion in the 200m, placed fourth in the event with a time of 20.85. Crawford had the third-fastest qualifying time at 21.12. Sophomore Sultan Tucker placed sixth in the 60m hurdles, running a time of 7.86 in the finals after qualifying with a time of 7.93 in the preliminaries.

Ato Modibo, the ACC Freshman of the year, qualified for the finals in the 400m, placing eighth in the preliminaries with a time of 47.06. In the second day of the meet, junior Bryan Williams will compete in the triple jump, and the Clemson 4x400m relay team of Charles Allen, Davidson Gill, Kenny Franklin and Modibo will compete for the national title.

Three members of the Clemson women’s team participated in the first day of competition. Bouyer placed ninth with a time of 8.30 in the preliminaries of the 60m hurdles, tying her best time of the season. Weston placed ninth in the preliminaries of the 400m with a time of 54.23. Both Bouyer and Weston failed to qualify for the finals. Sophomore Terri Robinson tied for 11th place in the long jump competition with a mark of 19’4 1/4″. All three athletes were named All-Americans for finishing among the top eight Americans in their respective events.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with the performances of our people,” said Clemson head women’s track and field coach Ron Garner. “Bouyer entered the meet ranked 17th, the last person to qualify, and narrowly missed making the finals – by 0.01 of a second. Robinson entered the meet tied at 16th and improved to 11th. She competed very well in her first trip to the NCAA Championships. My only disappointment is for the athletes because I know they wanted to advance to the finals. We will take these experiences and look forward to building in the outdoor season.”

Sophomore Jamine Moton will compete in the shot put during the second day of competition. Moton, the ACC Champion, qualified for the national meet after recording a mark of 50’11” and placing seventh last week at the U.S. Indoor Championships.

RECAP OF CLEMSON ATHLETES AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

First day of competition

MenSultan Tucker   60m hurdles   7.86, SixthAto Modibo      400m          47.06, qualified for finalsShawn Crawford  200m          20.85, Fourth

Women Nikkie Bouyer 60m hurdles 8.30, Ninth Shekera Weston 400m 54.23, Ninth Terri Robinson Long Jump 19’4 1/4″, Tied 11th

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