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Clemson Thrives In Tiger Paw Invitational Opener

Clemson Thrives In Tiger Paw Invitational Opener

CLEMSON, S.C. – Chris McBride highlighted a day in which the Tigers rewrote the program record book with a Clemson indoor record in the long jump. Opening day of the Tiger Paw Invitational saw two facility records fall and eight performances by the Tigers that were worthy of the Clemson record book. 

McBride registered three leaps greater than his previous record of 25-5.25, ultimately winning the event with jump distancing 25-6.75. The mark is the seventh best jump recorded in the nation this season. His record performance is seven inches better than the next best mark in the ACC.

Kirk Lewis, Jeffrey Green and Michael Cheeks all impressed as well in their respective events with top times in program history. Lewis ran a personal best 7.85 to take fifth in the 60 meter hurdles, recording the 10th fastest time in program history. Green and Cheeks both ran well in the 400 meter dash as Green registered the seventh fastest time in the nation at 46.69 to take fifth and Cheeks clocked in at 47.14 to take eighth. Green’s time is the fourth fastest time in Clemson history while Cheeks’ is the eighth best time in program history.

Alex Sands and Trevious Frazier each ran personal bests in the 60 meter dash while Jacob Slann ran the mile time of his collegiate career as well. James Quattlebaum and Clayton Wilson took fourth and fifth place respectively in the 5,000 meter run.

The women’s performance was highlighted by a big personal best for Torie Robinson in the 60m dash to win the event. The junior’s time of 7.27 is .09 seconds faster than her previous personal best. The effort currently ranks her eighth in the nation and is the third fastest time in program history. She finished just ahead of Rebekah Smith and Sabria Hadley as they took fifth and seventh place in the event.

The trio of Morgan Wittrock, Alexa Womack and Elizabeth Dawson concluded the day with three of the best 5,000 meter races in program history. Wittrock led the group in fifth place at 17:16.75 for the eighth fastest time in Clemson history while Womack finished sixth at 17:17.94 with the ninth best time in program history. Dawson crossed the finish line with the 10th best time in program history at 17:18.35.

Angelica Collins continued to impress, registering a personal best in the long jump to take fourth place with a leap distancing 19-10.25. Katie Fortner placed fourth as well with her personal best mile of 4:55.57. Olivia James took seventh in the 400m with a time of 54.08.

The Tigers conclude the Tiger Paw Invitational tomorrow with multi-events beginning at 9:00 a.m., and action in the field beginning at 11:00 a.m. The women’s 600m run will kick off events on the track at 12:00 p.m.