CLEMSON, S.C. – Saturday saw Zico Campbell continue to shine in the men’s shot put as the redshirt-sophomore registered a mark of 17.66 meters (57-11.25) to finish third in today’s competition. Campbell’s performance at the Hokie Invitational makes him the No. 5 performer in Clemson history, displacing teammate Roje Stona who previously occupied the list’s fifth position. Dating back to the 2020 indoor campaign, Campbell has set a personal best in the shot put during his last four meets.
“It looks like he [Zico] is hitting his stride. This is really Zico’s first year after dealing with little injuries last season… he’s hitting his stride [at the level] Coach Cobey and I saw in him when he was recruited.”
Saturday’s action started as the freshman high jump duo of Sofia De Coteau and Jessica Johnson each registered indoor personal bests during today’s competition. De Coteau’s clearance of 1.70 meters (5-7) was a lifetime best and placed her in a tie with Katja Pettinen for the No. 10 mark in program history. De Coteau, a native of Bothell, Wash., finished second overall in today’s competition.
“Sofia came to us as a walk-on and after speaking with her high school coach, she had a lot of talent but needed the personalized attention,” said Elliott. “[Her work] is paying off and that’s what track and field is all about.”
In the first event on the track, Nicolee Foster led the way for the Tigers in the women’s 400 meters, eclipsing her personal best in the event by running 55.38. Foster’s previous best of 56.19 was set at the 2020 ACC Indoor Championships.
The day ended on a high note as the women’s 4×400 meter relay set a new season’s best time of 3:40.76 while finishing second overall. At the 2020 ACC Indoor Championships, Clemson finished second in the same event with a time of 3:39.09.
As a program, Clemson combined to register 22 indoor personal bests, 17 lifetime bests and 31 season bests while competing at the two-day Hokie Invitational. The women’s team earned seven top-5 finishes, while the men collected five top-5 results.
“It was another solid day where people really stepped up,” added Elliott. “It’s exciting to see and we want to keep building on that as the season goes on.”
Clemson will return to competition on Jan. 29-30 at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex as it hosts the Bob Pollock Meet. For all of the most up-to-date information regarding Clemson’s track and field program, be sure to reference clemsontigers.com and follow @ClemsonTrackXC on Twitter.