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Clemson Men’s Track and Field to Compete at NCAA Championships

Clemson Men’s Track and Field to Compete at NCAA Championships

March 6, 2001

Tiger Participants In the NCAAs Five Tigers qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held in Fayetteville, AR, Friday and Saturday.

Two Clemson athletes are qualified in the 60m high hurdles. Todd Mathhews and Sultan Tucker boh qualified with times of 7.73. Tucker’s time was set at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 10. Matthews achieved his qualifying time at the ACC Indoor Championships on Feb. 17. Both times are currently eighth-best in the nation and are automatic qualifying times.

Ato Modibo holds the ninth-best time in the nation with a mark of 46.40 in the 400m dash. Modibo posted the automatic time at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 10.

Jacey Harper’s converted time of 20.96 qualified him in the 200m dash. His qualifying time was set at the Nike Fast Times Meet on Feb. 28 and is the 16th-fastest mark of the season. Malcolm Reynolds qualified in the high jump with a mark of 7’2 1/4″ or 2.19m. He set the mark at the Clemson Invitational on Jan. 20.

Clemson Wins ACC Indoor Championships The Clemson Tigers won the team title with 181 points at the 2001 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships. It was the fifth consecutive title and 11th overall championship for Clemson. The Tigers have won 10 of their 11 indoor championships under current head coach Bob Pollock.

In the 60m hurdles, Clemson swept the top three spots. Todd Matthews recorded an automatic qualifying time of 7.73 en route to the individual title. Sultan Tucker was second with a provisional qualifying time of 7.75 and Ian Potter finished third overall with a time of 7.99.

The Tigers’ Jacey Harper claimed the 60m dash with a time of 6.74 while Larry Griffin was second in 6.89. Sultan Tucker was also a scorer for Clemson in the 60m with a sixth place finish (6.99).

The Tigers took the top three finishes in the 200m dash. Jacey Harper won the event in 21.35 while Ato Modibo was second in 21.50. Spain was third with a time of 21.66 and Maull was fifth in 21.91. Clemson also swept the top three spots in the 400m dash. Modibo won the event with a provisional qualifying time of 46.57 while Otto Spain was second in 47.81. Garrick Copes took third for the Tigers with a time of 48.86. Mike Connelly was a scorer for the Tigers in the 800m run with a time of 1:54.41. Scott Shaw posted a fourth-place finish in the one-mile run in 4:14.10, a Clemson season-best time. Jason Meany also finished fourth in the 5000m run with a time of 14:41.28 while Travis Alexander was 11th in 15:06.06. Meany was ninth in the 3000m run with a time of 8:28.25 while Alexander was 13th in 8:34.15. Adams finished 16th with a time of 8:38.14 and Shaw was 30th in 9:07.39.

The Tigers 4x400m relay team of Spain, Harper, Copes and Modibo won the event in 3:14.08, a provisional qualifying time.

Doug Ameigh won the men’s high jump with a mark of 7’0 1/2″ while Malcolm Reynolds placed third (7’0 1/2″). Bryant Howe finished fifth with a mark of 6’83/4″ and Terrance McDaniel was 14th (6’4 3/4″).

Benjamin Hess placed fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 16’4 3/4″ and Adam Klotzbach was sixth (15’11”).

In the triple jump, Maull finished third with a mark of 50’7 1/4″ while Lloyd was fourth (49’5″). McDaniel posted a seventh place finish (47’5 3/4″) and Barrow was eighth with a mark of 47’4 1/2″.

Brett Varner finished fourth overall in the weight throw with a mark of 57’10 1/2″ and David Schenek was sixth with a mark of 57’0 3/4″.

Tigers At The 2000 Meet In a photo finish, Shawn Crawford broke the American record and won the national championship in the 200m to lead Clemson to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships March 10-11, 2000.

In a tight race with John Capel of Florida, Crawford finished the race in 20.252, followed by Capel in 20.257 to win the second national championship of his career. Crawford won the event in 1998 as a sophomore. The time broke the American record of 20.32 held by Rohsaan Griffin and Kevin Little.

In the preliminaries of the event, Crawford recorded a time of 20.33, breaking the previous collegiate record of 20.36 set by UTEP’s Obadele Thompson in 1996.

Crawford finished fourth with a time of 6.67 in the 60m dash, earning his second All-America citation of the meet.

Sultan Tucker placed eighth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.97 to earn All-American honors.

David Collins placed 18th in the 60m hurdles with a time of 6.82.

In the 400m, Ato Modibo failed to advance to the finals after placing 15th with a time of 47.33. After a bad start, Modibo was unable to recover in his race.

The Tiger 4x400m relay team of Charles Allen, Otto Spain, Crawford and Jacey Harper placed 10th with a time of 3:11.52 to conclude the meet.

Tigers In The Record Books Six Tigers have either moved up in or entered Clemson’s all-time best list this season. Sultan Tucker, Todd Matthews. Jacey Harper, Malcolm Reynolds, David Schenek and Brett Varner all rank among the Tigers’ all-time leaders.

Tucker’s 7.73 second performance in the 60m hurdles at the Iowa State Classic moved him into second place on Clemson’s all-time best list. Matthews also improved his time to 7.73 in the 60m hurdles to tie Tucker for second on the all-time list. Harper is fourth all-time in the 200m dash with a time of 21.05. Reynolds is third on the high jump list with a mark of 7’2 1/4″. Schenek moved into third on the weight throw list with a mark of 58’4 3/4″ and Brett Varner is fourth with a mark of 57’10 1/2″.

Clemson In The Rankings The Tigers have fallen in and out of the Trackwire rankings this season. They were unranked to begin the season, despite finishing 10th last year. Clemson made a brief appearance in the Jan. 16th poll at #21. The Tigers fell out of the top 25 again until Feb. 13 when they were ranked 12th. Clemson to 10th in the Feb. 20 poll and fell to 17th in the final (Feb. 27) rankings.

Pollock Named Southeast Region Coach Of The Year Clemson men’s track and field coach Bob Pollock has been named the Southeast Region Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year. Pollock, in his 13th season at the helm of the Clemson program, earned his fifth- straight Southeast Region and ACC Coach of the Year awards after the Tigers won their fifth consecutive ACC Indoor Championship with a school-record 181 points. Pollock has won 10 ACC Indoor titles during his tenure at Clemson, and this season coached the league’s Most Valuable Performer and Rookie of the Year. He has received 12 Region Coach of the Year honors in the last 13 years.

Clemson Under Pollock Under head coach Bob Pollock, the Tigers have won 10 of their 11 ACC Indoor Championships and have claimed 57 individual or relay conference championships. Pollock has received nine Coach of the Year honors, including this year’s, more than any other ACC coach since 1987.

In his first season with the Tigers, Pollock’s team claimed the 1989 ACC indoor title. Clemson won four more consecutive titles from 1990-1993 until Florida State ended the streak in 1994. The Tiger track and field team has won the last five ACC Indoor Championships (1997-2001).

Pollock has coached 60 indoor All-Americans. The Tigers have finished in the top ten in the nation six times in the last 13 years.