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Clemson Men’s Track And Field In Third Place After Day One Of The ACC Championships

Clemson Men’s Track And Field In Third Place After Day One Of The ACC Championships

April 16, 2004


CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Clemson men’s track and field team is in third place after day one of the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Tigers scored 39 points on the first day of competition and qualified 18 student-athletes for Saturday’s finals. Day one highlights included George Kitchens’ title in the long jump, Ryan Fenton’s third-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase and Clayton Curtis’ third-place finish in the javelin throw. All three Tigers earned All-ACC honors for their achievements.

Clemson advanced five Tigers to the finals of the 100m dash. Tye Hill recorded a time of 10.51. Tye Hill also qualified for Saturday’s finals, recording season-best times of 21.27 and 21.31, respectively. Airese Currie ran a 21.52 and Marquis Andrews finished in 21.78. In the 400m, Marquis Andrews posted a season-best time of 47.86, narrowly missing the finals. Lydell Perry and Lydell Perry and Michael Bolling both crossed the finish line in 52.98. Ryan Fenton earned all-conference honors in the 3000m steeplechase with a regional qualifying time of 9:05.69. Matt Pimentel ran a 30:34.66 in the 10,000m to finish seventh, bettering his previous season-best time.

George Kitchens became the first Tiger to win the long jump since Rodney Keasler claimed the title in 1989. Kitchens posted a leap of 24’6.25″ to capture his first ACC title in the event. Brent Hobbs recorded a mark of 22’7.75″, finishing 12th in the event. Brent Hobbs also competed in the javelin, recording marks of 160’5″ and 146’9″, respectively.

In the decathlon, Brent Hobbs was second in the event in 11.12 and Ryan Hunter was fourth with a time of 11.67. Hobbs claimed the second event of the day, the long jump, with a leap of 23’11.5″. Hunter posted a mark of 21’0.75″ and Hill jumped 20’11.75″. In the shot put, Hobbs again won the event, posting a season-best mark of 46’1.25″. Hill threw 44’10.25″ and Hunter had a mark of 43’9.25″. In the fourth event of the day, the high jump, Hobbs led the Tigers with a second-place finish and clearance of 6’3.5″. Rick Hill cleared 6’2.25″ for thid place and Hunter posted a mark of 5’9.75″. Hill finished the day with a win in the 1500m, crossing the finish line in 49.88. Hobbs clocked a 51.19 in the 400m and Hunter posted a time of 52.54. The decathlon competition will conclude on Saturday with the 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m run.

Clemson Qualifiers For Saturday’s Finals 100m – Griffin, T. Hill, Kitchens, Richards, Currie 200m – Griffin, Richards, T. Hill 1500m – Wyatt 110m hurdles – Perry, Cheney, Hobbs, R. Hill 400m hurdles – Cheney, Kautz, Gardner, Perry, Bolling

Complete Clemson Results 100m Preliminaries – Tye Hill (q) 10.51; George Kitchens (q) 10.59; Ronald Richards (q) 10.61; Airese Currie (q) 10.78 200m Preliminaries – Tye Hill (q) – 21.31; Airese Currie (15) – 21.52; Marquis Andrews (20) – 21.78 400m Preliminaries – Marquis Andrews (10) 47.86 1500m Preliminaries – Derrick Wyatt (q) 3:55.32 10,000m – Matt Pimentel (7) – 30:34.66 110m Hurdles Preliminaries – Lydell Perry (q) 14.11; Roy Cheney (q) 14.19; Brent Hobbs (q) 14.42; Rick Hill (q) 14.49 400m Hurdles Preliminaries – Lydell Perry (q) – 52.98; Michael Bolling (q) – 52.98 3000m Steeplechase – Ryan Fenton (3) – 9:05.69 Pole Vault – Adam Klotzbach (7) – 15’9″/4.80m Long Jump – George Kitchens (1) – 24’6.25″/7.47m; Brent Hobbs (12) – 22’7.75″/6.90m Discus Throw – Derek Gilson (4) – 164’4″/50.08m; Danny Alge (5) – 160’10″/49.03m; Matt Lombardi (7) – 155’4″/47.36m Javelin Throw – Brent Hobbs (12) – 146’9″/44.72m Decathlon – Brent Hobbs (1) – 3,943; Ryan Hunter (4) – 3,387