April 22, 2000
DURHAM, N.C. – The Clemson men’s track & field team scored 179.33 points Saturday, winning eight events to claim its third Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championship in the last four years Saturday at the Wallace Wade Stadium at Duke University. The victory gave Clemson its seventh ACC outdoor title with Bob Pollock as the head coach and the ninth overall.
“We have very good speed,” said Pollock, who started coaching at Clemson in 1989. “But we have a balanced program. When you look at a team champion, you see a balanced effort and I thought we had that this weekend.”
Saturday got rolling with the Tigers winning the 4x100m relay in a time of 40.19 seconds. The team consisted of Jacey Harper, Shawn Crawford, Charles Allen and Anthony Moorman. Despite the victory, the Tigers still trailed North Carolina, but then the Tigers showed the field just how much depth they have. Clemson swept the top three spots and four of the top five to score 28 points in the 100m high hurdles. Todd Matthews, Sultan Tucker and Allen went one, two, three and Ian Potter was fifth.
“We did really well in the high hurdles,” Pollock said. “It makes it tough on the other teams when you can get that many points and the great performances keep coming.”
Clemson also racked up major points in the 100m with Shawn Crawford the first to break the tape in a time of 10.37. The Tigers scored 25 points in the event with Harper, Moorman and Allen finishing third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Crawford added a win in the 200m, claiming the event in a time of 20.54. Harper and Allen finished fifth and sixth to give Clemson 17 points in the half-lap event.
Fred Sharpe claimed a win in the 400m intermediate hurdles, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships in a time of 50.73.
Andy Geisler came through to win the decathlon. He scored 7,254 points, which is also a provisionally qualifying mark for the NCAA meet, which will be held at Duke May 31-June 3. Mark Jellison was third to give Clemson 16 points in the multi-event competition.
Bryan Williams, Kai Maull and Tony Lloyd teamed for 11 points in the triple jump. Williams scored five points in his fourth-place effort of 50-3 1/2 and Maull added four points, finishing fifth with a mark of 50-2 1/2. Lloyd was seventh, going 48-3 1/2 for two points.
On Friday, Ryan Lewis won the pole vault with a height of 16-4 3/4 and Malcolm Reynolds claimed victory in the high jump with a clearance of 6-10 3/4.
Ato Modibo and Mike Connelly each scored six points for the Tigers. Modibo finished third in the 400m in a time of 47.03, while Connelly was third in the 800m with a time of 1:51.71. Ryan Demers scored four points with a fifth-place finish in the 1500m finishing in a time of 3:46.61.
On Friday, Jason Meany finished third in the 10,000m, scoring six points with a performance clocked at 30:18.54. Maull was third in the long jump, going 24-3 1/2 to score six points and Keith Rzewuski scored four points with a fifth-place performance with a heave of 50-8 3/4.
In the team race, Florida State was second with 132 points, while NC State was third with 117 points and North Carolina was fourth with 11 points.
With the win, Clemson has now won seven of the last eight indoor and outdoor ACC Championships, sending the senior class of Allen, Crawford, Williams and Steve Alexander out with the most ACC championships won by a Clemson senior class. The Tigers have also won 16 of a possible 24 conference championships since 1989.
Clemson will compete at the Penn Relays next weekend at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, PA.
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