BLACKSBURG, Va. – In a night where 18 Tigers claimed places in the top eight, 10 of which being performances by the women, Clemson was nothing shy of impressive in their second time out in 2016. Together, the men and women recorded six times worthy of Clemson’s record book.
Ersula Farrow stole the spotlight in her second collegiate meet, finishing second overall in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 2:48.57. The time stands as the second best time recorded in Clemson’s history. Not far behind her, in third, was Grace Barnett. The harrier’s time of 2:51.00 was good enough for third place and the fourth best time in program history.
Sabria Hadley kick started the meet by following up her exciting 2016 debut with an even better performance on Friday afternoon. The sophomore finished second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.36 that places her sixth on Clemson’s all-time list. Taylor Williams wasn’t far behind at 7.57 in fifth place.
The men saved their best performance for last as Cordell Lamb crossed the finish line with the third fastest time in Clemson history. The 33.64 in the 300 meter dash was good enough to win the event as well. Deja Parrish nearly mirrored the effort with her 37.93 in the 300 meter dash. Like Lamb, the time is the third fastest time in program history but the effort was good enough to finish third overall.
In the women’s 500 meter dash, Olivia James impressed with her first place performance. She crossed the finish line at 1:11.37 which is good enough for the second fastest time in Clemson history. However, it is not a personal best as James currently owns the Clemson record at 1:11.24. She was followed by Tanisha Coppin in third place at 1:12.95. Jorel Bellafonte ran the 500m for the men and crossed the finish line at 1:04.54 for an eighth place finish.
The men also found success in longer distances as Cameron Thornton finished the 1000 meter run with a personal best 2:27.36 to place second overall. James Dwyer (4:14.94) and James Quattlebaum (4:15.48) finished fourth and sixth respectively in the mile. Elizabeth Dawson ran a personal best 5:12.16 in the women’s mile.
Danielle Borriello and Jordan Pickerel each threw personal bests in the weight throw. Borriello’s distance of 50-6.25 placed her sixth in the event while Pickerel finished fifth for the men with his throw measuring 57-2.25. Joe Cline placed seventh in the event with a throw traveling 50-7.25.
Mimi Land and Chris McBride each made their 2016 debut in the long jump and did not disappoint. Land placed third with a leap of 19-2 and McBride’s jump distancing 23-9 was good enough for fifth. In the pole vault Sam Beyar struck again, finishing fourth with a height totaling 11-0.75.
The Virginia Tech Invitational continues tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.
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