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Track & Field Heads to Des Moines for NCAA Outdoor Championships

Track & Field Heads to Des Moines for NCAA Outdoor Championships

June 6, 2011

2011 NCAA Outdoor Championship Notes | Live Results | Live Video

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson track & field program will travel a total of 18 student-athletes to Des Moines, IA to compete in the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships, held Wednesday through Saturday at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University. Twelve members of the women’s team and six members of the men’s squad will combine for Clemson’s 19 entries this week.

The meet will be streamed live in its entirety on both NCAA.com and GoDrakeBulldogs.com. Click HERE to watch the meet live on the internet. Portions of the final two days of competition will be broadcast live on television. CBS College Sports will televise Friday’s action live from 7:30-9:30 PM (Eastern). CBS will air Saturday’s running finals live from 1-3 PM (Eastern). Live results will also be available at FlashResults.com.

Clemson’s 12 entries on the women’s track & field team are tied for sixth-most in the nation. The Tigers enter the meet as the sixth-ranked team in the country, according to the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. April Sinkler is entered in three individual events, most on the women’s roster. She will compete in the long jump Wednesday, the high jump Thursday, and the triple jump on Friday.

Patricia Mamona is the defending NCAA triple jump champion, and she and Sinkler will go in that event on Friday afternoon at 5:35 PM (Central time). Mamona jumped a school record 46’2.75″ last month, and she will be one of the favorites again this week.

Clemson will have five entries in the women’s track events. Misha Morris are expected to be make up the 4×100 relay, along with Golladay.

Also competing in the field events for the Tiger women’s team this week are Jasmine Brunson (long jump), Lauren Terstappen (pole vault) and Liane Weber (heptathlon). Weber is looking for her first All-America honor in the event. She is a two-time All-American in the pentathlon, and has made a full recovery after a tendon injury that forced her to miss almost all of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The men’s team will have six athletes making the trip that combined for seven total entries, including both relays. The 4×100 relay semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday at 5:45 PM, while the 4×400 semifinals will be Thursday at 8:20.

Justin Murdock qualified in four events, including both relays. He is also entered in the 100 and 200 dash events. He ran a 10.13 in the 100-meter dash earlier this season, and should be one of the top contenders heading into Wednesday’s semifinals (7:30 PM). Warren Fraser will run alongside him in the 100 semifinal. The 200 semifinals are 5:45 PM on Thursday.

Miller Moss is looking for his best finish in the decathlon. He is coming off an indoor national championship crown in the heptathlon. Moss is scheduled for the decathlon on Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 12 PM both days. He is also a member of both relay units.

La’Mont Jackson and Jordan Rispress round out Clemson’s national qualifiers. Jackson is a member of both relay squads, and helped both to season-best times at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Bloomington, IN two weeks ago. Rispress will run one of the legs for the 4×400 relay on Thursday.

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