Feb. 5, 2010
BLACKSBURG, VA – April Sinkler won the high jump with an NCAA provisional mark and Spencer Adams led a sweep of the top three spots in the men’s 60m hurdles Friday at the snowy first day of the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. In addition, senior Zach Berg broke his own school record in the 35-pound weight throw with an NCAA provisional mark.
Sinkler cleared 5’10” on her first try, matching her season-best in the event. She missed on three attempts to tie her school record at the 5’11.5″ bar. Also competing in the event was Liane Weber, who finished 12th with a jump of 5’6.5″.
Berg, fresh off a record-setting performance last weekend at the Clemson Games, improved on his personal best by half a foot. He hit a mark of 66’11.5″ and placed third with his second straight NCAA provisional effort. His mark ranks on the fringe of a top 10 national mark in the event. Alex Padgett was sixth, despite suffering from an illness. He hit a mark of 62’0.5″.
Adams led the Tiger sweep by producing an NCAA provisional time of 7.90 in the final to hold off teammate Charlton Rolle. A two-sport standout, Adams has won the 60m hurdles both times the Tiger track & field team has traveled to Virginia Tech this season. Rolle also had a 7.90, but in the preliminary round, for a season-best time. Marcus Maxey (8.15) was third.
Mycaiah Clemons in fifth.
Stormy Kendrick was fourth in the women’s 60m dash final with a time of 7.48 seconds. In an extremely fast men’s race, Justin Murdock was sixth after posting a season-best 6.73. The men’s final featured Florida football stars Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey.
Jasmine Edgerson claimed the top position in the women’s open 200m dash. The freshman from Georgia posted a season-best 24.20 in the opening section. In the men’s open 200, Murdock tallied an indoor-best with a time of 21.48 in a runner-up performance.
Rollins was fourth in the women’s invitational 400m dash. She posted a season-best time of 54.75, the 10th-best time in Clemson indoor history. Jordan Rispress was 10th on the men’s side, posting a time of 49.70.
Kim Ruck jumped out to a huge lead in the women’s mile run, and she increased it over the final 400 meters. The sophomore from Greer, SC turned in a time of 4:54.96, which was a personal best and the eighth-best time in Clemson history. Alyssa Kulik ran 5:05, a personal best, and was eighth overall Friday.
Jasen Turnbull was third in the men’s 800m with a time of 1:53.87. Ryan Mangone finished seventh and produced a personal best time of 1:54.90. Chris Slate ran a personal best in the men’s mile. He finished eighth with a time of 4:16.12. Stephanie Buffo produced a personal best in the women’s 3K, finishing ninth overall with a time of 10:16.49.
Caroline Kennedy was impressive in the women’s pole vault, finishing third against a good field. She cleared the bar on her first attempt at both 12’2.5″ and at 12’8.25″. The school indoor record-holder in the event, Kennedy missed on three tries at becoming Clemson’s first female to clear 13 feet.
Patricia Mamona was runner-up in the women’s long jump with a mark of 19’11.5″. She hit the mark on her final jump in both the preliminary and final rounds. Sinkler was fourth with a jump of 19’11”, while Weber placed ninth (19’2.5″).
Josh Fowler was sixth in the men’s long jump, posting a mark of 23’4.5″ on his sixth and final attempt Friday evening.
The Tigers return to action Saturday to wrap up action at the Rector Field House.
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