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Clemson Men’s Track And Field To Compete For Tenth ACC Title Under Pollock

Feb. 15, 2001

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson men’s track and field team

Clemson At The ACC Championships Historically, Clemson has turned in strong performances at the ACC Indoor Championships. The Tigers have won ten ACC titles and hold four of the five all-time top winning scores. Clemson won its first title in 1987 under Wade Williams. The Tigers claimed their second championship in 1989 with 155 points, the most points accumulated by a winning team to that point. That title was the first of five consecutive championships under Pollock, and Clemson continued to dominate the ACC Indoor Championships from 1989-1993. The Tigers finished second in 1994 and 1995, and third in 1996 before winning their seventh indoor title in 1997 with 155.5 points. Clemson also won the Championships in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Clemson’s point total in the 2000 meet (168) is second only to North Carolina’s total of 192 points in 1995.

Last Year At The ACC Indoor Championships The Clemson Tigers claimed their tenth overall and fourth consecutive ACC indoor title in 2000. Clemson tallied a school-best 168 total points to defeat North Carolina, who was the runnerup with 89 points. The Clemson Tigers claimed their tenth overall and fourth consecutive ACC indoor title in 2000. Clemson tallied a school-best 168 total points to defeat North Carolina, who was the runnerup with 89 points. The Tigers had 11 athletes receive All-ACC accolades. Charles Allen, Doug Ameigh, David Collins, Mike Connelly, Shawn Crawfrod, Kai Maull, Ato Modibo, Keith Rzewuski, Fred Sharpe, Sultan Tucker and Bryan Williams were all-conference honorees after finishing in the top three in their respective events. Shawn Crawford rewrote two conference indoor meet records last season. He set a new record in the 60m dash with a time of 6.56 and also in the 200m dash (20.43). His time in the 200m was a new American collegiate record and a new Clemson record. Sultan Tucker recorded a time of 7.79 in the 60m hurdles en route to the conference title and also tied the conference record with that mark. Kai Maull finished second in the long jump, and his mark of 24’9 3/4″ ranks third on Clemson’s all-time best list. Nine Clemson athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships with their performances at the ACCs last year, and 25 of the 28 athletes present at the meet scored.

Clemson In The ACC Top Ten Seven Tigers have posted the top times in the ACC this season and 25 Clemson track and field athletes are listed in the top ten in the ACC. Sophomore Jacey Harper (Edinburgh, Trinidad) holds the top times in the 55m dash and the 200m dash. His time of 6.30 in the 55m dash and 46.40 in the 200m dash are the best in the league. Harper also ranks second in the 60m dash with a time of 6.74. Fellow sophomore David Collins (Philadelphia, PA) holds the league’s top time in the 60m dash with a mark of 6.71. He is second in the 55m dash with a time of 6.36 and ranks third in the ACC in the 200m dash (21.92). Junior Kai Maull (Lewis, DE) ranks fourth in the 55m dash with a time of 6.40 and is fifth in the 60m dash with a time of 6.89. Maull is sixth in the 200m dash (21.97) and is also ranked in two field events. He is third in the long jump with a mark of 24’101/2″ and is also third in the triple jump (49’33/4″). Senior Sultan Tucker (Glassboro, NJ) leads the league in the 55m and 60m hurdles with times of 7.26 and 7.73, respectively. Tucker is also fifth in the 55m dash with a time of 6.43 and is eighth in the 60m dash (6.92). Freshman Larry Griffin (Greenville, SC) is sixth in the 55m dash with a time of 6.53. Sophomore Otto Spain (Columbia, SC) ranks sixth in the 60m dash with a time of 6.90and is fourth in the 200m dash with a tim of 21.94. He is also second in the league in the 400m dash with a time of 47.85. Junior Ian Potter (Marietta, GA) is third in both the 55m hurdles and 60m hurdles with times of 7.47 and 7.94 in each event. Fellow junior Todd Matthews (Trenton, NJ) is ranked second in both hurdle events. He has a time of 7.36 in the 55m hurdles and ran a 7.81 in the 60m hurdles. Senior Tony Washington (Mt. Pleasant, NC) is tenth on the 400m dash list with a time of 49.80. Sophomore Marcus Hodge (Spartanburg, SC) and junior Mike Connelly (Winchester, VA) are both in the top ten in the 800m dash. Hodge recorded a fourth-best time of 1:52.85 while Connelly is eighth with a time of 1:53.61. Sophomore Scott Shaw (East Syracuse, NY) and fellow sophomore Jason Meany (Liverpool, NY) are eighth and ninth in the mile run with times of 4:16.60 and 4:16.81, respectively, Meany also ranks fourth in the 3000m run with a time of 8:23.03. Junior Travis Alexander (Newberry, SC) is sixth in the 5000m run with a time of 14:57.19. In the field events, sophomore Malcolm Reynolds (Lexington Park, MD) is second in the conference with a mark of 7’21/4″ in the high jump while junior Doug Ameigh (Washingtonville, PA) is third (7’11/2″). Freshman Terrance McDaniel (Gray Court, SC) ranks eighth in the high jump (6’83/4″) and is tenth in the triple jump with a mark of 46′. Junior Kai Maull (Lewes, DE) is third in both the long jump and the triple jump with marks of 24’101/2″ and 49’33/4″ respectively. Senior Tony Lloyd (Mauldin, SC) ranks sixth in the triple jump (48’61/4″) while Brit Barrow is seventh with a mark of 47’3″. Senior Benjamin Hess (Clifton Park, NY) leads three Tigers in the pole vault with a third place ranking of 16’23/4″. Junior Ryan Lewis (Roswell, GA) is sixth inthe pole vault with a mark of 15’91/4″ and fellow junior Adam Klotzbach (Fairfield, OH) is seventh (15’3″). Freshman Matt Lombardi (Seekonk, MA) ranks fifth in the shot put with a mark of 51’1″ and freshman David Schenek (Marietta, GA) and sophomore Brett Varner (Hixson, TN) are fifth (58’43/4″) and seventh (56’8″), respectively.

Tiger Qualifiers Seven Tigers and the 4x400m relay team have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, March 9-10. David Collins is a qualifier in the 60m dash with a time of 6.71, which is ninth-best in the nation. He acheived the time at the Clemson Invitational. Two Clemson athletes are qualified in the 60m high hurdles. Sultan Tucker is a qualifier with a time of 7.73, set at the Iowa State Classic. His mark ranks fourth in the nation. Todd Matthews is tenth in the country with a qualifying time of 7.81 also set at the Iowa State Classic. Ato Modibo holds the fourth-best time in the nation with a mark of 46.40 in the 400m dash posted at the Iowa State Classic. Malcolm Reynolds and Doug Ameigh are both qualifiers in the high jump. Reynolds’ mark of 7’21/4″ (2.19m) is fifth in the nation while Ameigh’s mark of 7’1 1/2″ (2.17m) is sixth in the nation Kai Maull met the provisional qualifying mark in the long jump with a 24’101/2″ (7.58m) but will need to improve on that performance to be insured of an invitation to the Championships. The 4x400m relay team of Spain, Harper, Garrick Copes and Modibo q ualified with a provisional time of 3:08.64 at the Iowa State Classic. Their time ranks seventh nationally.

TigersIn The Record Books Five Tigers have either moved up in or entered Clemson’s all-time best list this season. Sultan Tucker, Todd Matthews. 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 7.81 in the 60m hurdles to move into fourth on the all-time list. Reynolds is third on the high jump list with a mark of 7’21/4″. Schenek moved into third on the weight throw list with a mark of 58’43/4″ and Brett Varner is fourth with a mark of 56’8″.

Clemson Under Pollock Under head coach Bob Pollock, the Tigers have won nine of their ten ACC Indoor Championships and have claimed 52 individual or relay conference championships. Pollock has received eight Coach of the Year honors, 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 four ACC Indoor Championships (1997-2000) and is looking to tie their longest-consecutive title streak at this season’s meet.

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