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Women’s Indoor Track & Field Team Ninth After Friday’s Competition at ACC Meet

Feb. 18, 2000

BLACKSBURG, VA – After one day of competition at the 2000 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Blacksburg, VA, the Clemson women’s team is in ninth place with 10 points. North Carolina leads the meet with 69 points, followed by Florida State with 46 points.

Freshman Joana Costa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) won the pole vault with a mark of 11’11 3/4″, earning All-ACC honors in her rookie season. Her mark broke the conference record of 11’6 1/4″, established by former Tiger Erin Nett last season.

Junior Nyjla Littlejohn (Columbia, MD) qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 60m hurdles after placing second in her heat with a time of 8.54. Sophomore Keke Elder (Atlanta, GA) was fourth in the heat at 8.73 to also qualify for the finals.

Freshman Marcia Smith (Decatur, GA) and junior LaShonda Cutchin (Virginia Beach, VA) each will compete in Saturday’ finals of the 400m. Smith posted the third-best qualifying time at 54.70, and Cutchin had the sixth-best time in the trials at 55.31. Smith also qualified in the 60m dash after posting a time of 7.70 in the trials.

Junior Shannon Schoppman (East Patchogue, NY) placed 11th in the mile, missing qualifying by 1.69 seconds, and was 26th with a time of 2:24.08 in the 800m. Freshman Shannon Murray (Decatur, GA) was 18th with a time of 25.76 in the 200m, and junior Jennifer Meador (Mechanicsville, VA) placed 22nd in the 800m with a time of 2:19.94. Freshman Lauren Nicholson (Marietta, GA) was 12th in the high jump after clearing 5′ 1/4″.

Saturday’s events begin at 11 a.m. with the women’s triple jump. Running events begin at 1:10 p.m. with the mile run, and the final event, the 4x400m, is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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