April 22, 2006
Winston-Salem, NC – Clemson’s men’s track & field team finished in the runner-up spot at the ACC Outdoor Championships held at Kentner Stadium on the Wake Forest campus. The Tigers tallied 119 points overall. It marked the fourth runner-up team finish for Clemson in the last five years at the conference outdoor competition. Florida State won the event for the second consecutive year after totaling 161 points.
Travis Padgett, a freshman from Shelby, NC, won the 100m dash in his first-ever ACC Outdoor meet. In total, Clemson finished with three conference champions and five additional All-ACC performers.
Padgett became the first Tiger to win the 100m at the ACC Outdoor meet since Tye Hill did so in 2004. Padgett posted an incredibly strong performance, running 10.35 into a -1.0 wind. His mark was not a personal best, but it was a Kentner Stadium record. Corey Brown was sixth in the 200m with a time of 21.71.
In the 800m, Brian Knapp finished sixth after crossing the finish line in a time of 1:51.95. Sean Reilly (15:05.72) and Jay Lumpkins (15:31.44) competed in the 5000m run but did not score for the Tigers.
The Tigers’ 4x100m relay team was disqualified after an errant third exchange and did not score. The 4x400m relay team of Cowin Mills, Cheney, Porter, and Gardner placed third on Saturday with a time of 3:12.37.
In the 110m high hurdles, Roy Cheney was fifth to headline three Tigers in the event. He posted a regional-qualifying mark at 14.29. Brent Hobbs (14.61) was sixth and Lydell Perry (14.76) was seventh for Clemson. In the 400m hurdles, Cheney just missed earning conference honors after finishing fourth with a time of 53.81. Rashad Gardner was fifth at 54.38, while Andy Porter came in at 54.70 in his first outdoor ACC meet.
Jason Bell earned his first-ever outdoor All-ACC honor after finishing runner-up in the triple jump. He posted a regional mark at 50’6″, which was his season-best in that event. In the pole vault, Andrew Kessler was fourth in the pole vault with the same height.
Danny Alge scored for the Tigers in the discus throw with a sixth-place finish. He recorded a season-best toss of 161’9″. He scored in two throwing events for Clemson at the championships.
The Tigers return to action next weekend, April 27-29, to compete in the Penn Relays at Philadephia, PA.
Clemson ACC ChampionsTravis Padgett – 100m Adam Linkenauger – High Jump Ryan Koontz – Decathlon
Clemson All-ACC Performers Itay Magidi – 3000m SteeplechaseGeorge Fields – Long Jump Jason Bell – Triple JumpMitch Greeley – Pole Vault Brent Hobbs – Decathlon
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