CLEMSON, S.C. – On a day in which the Tigers turned in seven first place performances, it was Shai Carpenter who stole the spotlight with a record-breaking jump in the final day of the Bob Pollock Classic.
The redshirt senior out of Mauldin, South Carolina recorded a distance of 52-6 in the triple jump to break a Clemson indoor record that has stood for 17 years. In 1999, Bryan Williams claimed the triple jump throne with his leap of 52-5.25. Carpenter’s jump also declares him as the only Tiger to ever jump 16 meters.
Carpenter finished the meet second behind Alphonso Jordan who broke the facility record unattached with his jump of 53-5 in the preliminaries. The distance is also the eighth best triple jump mark in the country and the best jump in the ACC.
To start the day off, Iana Amsterdam won the women’s triple jump with her best mark of 2016. The reigning ACC Champion leaped 42-8.75 to position herself seventh in the nation and second in the ACC behind Georgia Tech’s freshman, Bria Matthews. Mimi Land placed third in the event with her season best jump of 40-0.75
On the track, the men’s 4×400 meter relay team consisting of Michael Cheeks, Jeffrey Green, Jorel Bellafonte and Cordell Lamb ran the 14th fastest time in the country. Together they finished with a combined time of 3:10.06 to win the event by almost three seconds. Lamb anchored the team after placing second earlier in the men’s 200 meter dash.
In the women’s 200 meter dash, Deja Parrish won the event with the 21st fastest time in the nation. The sophomore clocked in at 23.81 and was closely followed by Taylor Williams’ 24.00, placing her second in the meet and 33rd in the country. Torie Robinson was the third Tiger to compete in the event, finishing in fifth place.
Parrish later anchored the first place Clemson women’s 4×400 meter relay team. She teamed up with Olivia James, Markeeta Thomas and Malayshia George for a time of 3:44.50.
Grace Barnett turned in the women’s final first place performance of the day, winning the 600 meter run at 1:33.47. Chad Fennell ran 1:54.82 to win the men’s 800 meter run and Quanterious Caldwell won the high jump with a height of 6-8.25.
Tanisha Coppin led a group of five Tigers to place in the top eight of the 800 meter run. Coppin clocked in at 2:10.81 to place second while Imani McGowan, Katie Fortner, Madison Huffman and Dana Maydew placed fourth through seventh respectively.
The men received a third place effort from Justin Lippert and his time of 8:48.94 in the 3000 meter run. In the field Sam Beyar placed third in the women’s pole vault while Joe Cline and Jordan Pickerel took seventh and eighth place in the shot put.
Next week the Tigers venture to College Station, Texas for the Charlie Thomas Invitational. The meet takes place on Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6.
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