March 22, 2003
CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson men’s track and field team qualified an individual and a relay team for the 2003 East Region Championships at the Clemson Relays on Saturday. George Kitchens qualified in the long jump, while the 4x100m relay team of Ronald Richards, Grafton Ifill, Robert Ibeh and Warren Eure recorded a time of 40.67 to qualify.
In the running events, Clemson’s relay teams swept all five events in which they were entered. As previously noted, the Tigers’ 4x100m relay team broke the tape in 40.67 to qualify for the region meet. The Tigers’ 4x200m relay also won their event in 1:25.25, and the 4x800m relay claimed that event in 7:44.27. The Clemson “B” distance medley relay team clocked a 10:03.53 to win that race, and the Clemson “A” distance medley relay team finished in 16:35.00. In the 4x1500m relay, Clemson “A” recorded a time of 15:53.44 to capture the event, while the “B” team posted a time of 16:35. In the 100m dash, Clemson swept the top three places as George Kitchens was second in 11.00 and Robert Ibeh placed third (11.06). Rashad Gardner captured second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.73, and Scott Kautz took third in the event in 15.14.
George Kitchens and Chris Gross led the Tigers in the field events. Kitchens qualified for the East Region Championships in the long jump with his winning mark of 24’2.5″. Derek Gilson placed seventh (147’0″). Gilson also competed in the shot put, recording a fifth-place finish with a mark of 52’4.75″. Gilson and Lombardi were eighth and ninth in the hammer with marks of 153’0″ and 151’11”, respectively.
Clemson men’s track and field returns to action on Mar. 28-29 at the Raleigh Relays.
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