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Feb 23, 2021

ACC Championships Preview: Jumps

As the 2021 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships draw near, we’ll provide a preview of what to expect from each event group while also reviewing their excellent achievements during the first six meets of the season. 


The high-flying jumpers of Clemson track and field are ready to soar into the 2021 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships after putting together a season of consistency and success throughout the regular season.

Anthony Hamilton will take to the men’s high jump with lofty expectations after securing two victories in the event, along with three additional top-5 finishes, throughout the 2021 campaign. Hamilton has consistently cleared 2.10 meters (6 feet, ten and three-quarter inches) this season and will enter Thursday’s competition with sizable momentum after logging two quality weeks of training with assistant coach Chris Bostwick.

In the women’s edition of the high jump, Clemson will be represented by the freshman duo of Sofia De Coteau and Jessica Johnson. De Coteau has leaped into the record books during her first season in Tigertown thanks to her clearance of 1.70m (5-7) at the Hokie Invitational. The clearance makes her tied for No. 10 on Clemson’s all-time list. Johnson has been a consistent competitor at 1.60m (5-3) this season and hopes to contribute her first clearance over 1.60m to help score points in the Tigers’ team effort.

Harleigh White and Zeniyah Lawrence will each take to the runway for one event this weekend, with White slated to contest the triple jump and Lawrence the long jump. White made a bang during her 2021 season opener, recording a personal best of 12.74m (41-9.75) in her primary event during the Clemson Invitational. Thanks to her personal-best effort, White enters this weekend’s meet with the No. 5 performance in the ACC. Lawrence will contest the long jump for the fourth time this season, making it the third event the junior is slated to compete in during the championships (60m, 200m, long jump).

D.J. Ledell and Caroline Johnston will contest both long jump and triple jump events over the weekend, providing the Tigers valuable opportunities to score points for both the men’s and women’s teams. Ledell, a primary triple jump competitor, will compete in the long jump for the fourth time this season; while contesting both events at the same meet for just the second time in 2021. At the 2020 ACC Indoor Championships, Ledell soared to second-team All-ACC honors in the triple jump, recording a mark of 15.66m (51-4.5) on his third trip down the runway.

Johnston has been a consistent force in the long jump this year for the Tigers, while also showcasing her ability in the triple jump during two meets. Johnston enters the weekend with a long jump personal best of 6.02m (19-9) from the 2020 season and a 2021 best of 5.85 (19-2.5) from the Tiger Paw Invite.

Clemson will be represented in the women’s pole vault by Alex Svacha and Jessica Brewer, with Brewer leading the way thanks to her clearance of 3.56 meters (11-8) at the Tiger Paw Invite. Clemson’s duo will compete at ACC’s for the second consecutive year, with Brewer serving as the Tigers’ top returner thanks to her clearance of 3.65m (11-11.75) at last season’s indoor championships. Svacha will enter the weekend with a season’s best of 3.50m, a bar which she’s cleared twice this year.

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