May 10, 2003
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson men’s track and field team completed competition on day one of the 2003 Orange & Purple Classic with 10 regional qualifiers. Overall, 64 male student-athletes posted regional qualifying marks at the meet, and two stadium records were set. NC State’s Jesse Williams set a record in the high jump, clearing 7’4.25″ to break the former record of 7’3.75″ set by Cameron Wright in 1996. In the pole vault, South Carolina’s Chris Steddum cleared 17’0.75″ to break the 13-year-old record of 17’0″ set by Clemson’s Jeff Fields. The Orange & Purple Classic will resume Sunday morning, as the decathlon competition continues beginning at 10:30 AM at the Rock Norman Track Complex.
In the track events, Airese Currie and Tye Hill was fifth in 21.30. Itay Magidi placed second with his time of 3:55.46. Ryan Fenton and Roy Cheney recorded a regional qualifying time of 14.15 in the 110m hurdles, then took second in the 400m hurdles with another regional qualifying time of 52.36. Scott Kautz placed fourth in the 400m hurdles, clocking a 53.13.
In the long jump, George Kitchens tied for second with a leap of 25’3.5″, and Derek Gilson recorded a throw of 54’1.25″ to place fourth and qualify for the region meet.
fter the first day of the decathlon, Brent Hobbs currently stands in third in the decathlon with 3,436 points.
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