March 18, 2000
CLEMSON, SC- – The Clemson men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the outdoor season on Saturday at the Clemson Relays, held at the Rock Norman Track Complex on Clemson’s campus.
Tiger senior Shawn Crawford of Van Wyck, SC, recorded an automatic qualifying time of 20.33 in the 200m, breaking his own track record which he set a year ago with a time of 20.39. Crawford won the national championship in the event indoors with a time of 20.26, an American record.
Junior Ben Hess of Clifton Park, NY, won the pole vault with a mark of 15’11 3/4″, and freshman Rick Hill of Acton, MA came from behind to win the decathlon with 5,646 points. Hill won the 1500m with a time of 4:42.6, the pole vault with a mark of 10’11 3/4″ and the 400m in 52.28.
For the Tiger women’s team, sophomore KeKe Elder of Atlanta, GA, won the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.96, and junior Nyjla Littlejohn of Columbia, MD, took first in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.25.
In the field events, senior Kammie Blount of Weston, CT, won the javelin with a throw of 142’1″.
The Tigers will compete in the Florida Relays in Gainesville, FL, next weekend.
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