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Clemson Track and Field Weekly Notes

Feb. 9, 1998

BLACKSBURG, Va.– The Clemson men’s track team walked away with top honors at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday, February 7. Clemson recorded 161 points in first place defeating Virginia Tech (151), William & Mary (92), Duke (50), James Madison (38), and UNC-Asheville (3). The Tigers posted an impressive performance as they broke 11 school records and three track records and picked up one automatic qualifier and five provisional qualifiers.

In the 200m dash, the Tigers finished 1-2-3 as Shawn Crawford broke the track and school record with an automatic qualifying time of 20.78. Kenny Franklin finished in a time of 21.36 and Charles Allen in 21.40 as both sprinters broke the school record and provisionally qualified for nationals.

Clemson also posted a 1-2-3 performance in the 60m dash as all three performers broke the school record of 6.89. Shawn Crawford posted a provisional time of 6.72 in first place. Teammates Kenny Franklin (6.84) and Charles Allen (6.85) closely followed in second and third places, respectively.

Also breaking school records were Davidson Gill and Aaron Haynes with a 1-2 finish in the 500m dash with times of 1:03.05 and 1:03.55, respectively. Clemson’s 1600m relay team finished in first place with a time of 3:10.43 to break both the track and school records. In the 5000m run, Joe Gibson broke the track record in a time of 14:33.15 to wrap up first-place honors.

The Tigers yet again placed 1-2-3 in the 60m high hurdles competition as all three times broke the school record. Jeremichael Williams provisionally qualified with a time of 7.81(1) followed by Greg Hines in 7.91 (2) and Sultan Tucker in 7.94 (3).

Lady Tigers Compete at Barnett Bank Invite

GAINSEVILLE, Fla. — The Clemson women’s track team competed at the Barnett Bank Invitational at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, February 7.

The Lady Tigers picked up two provisional qualifiers at the meet. Sophomore Shekera Weston provisionally qualified in the 200m dash with a time of 24.24, finishing fourth. The 1600m relay team of Lashonda Cutchin, Samantha Watt, Nikkie Bouyer, and Shekera Weston recorded a first-place title for Clemson as they turned in a provisional qualifying time of 3:39.32.

Jamine Moton also captured first-place honors in the shot put competition for the Lady Tigers. The freshman posted a personal best mark of 47’7 3/4″ . In the 400m dash competition, Samantha Watt turned in a season best mark of 55.80 for a fifth-place performance.

Men Ranked 16th in National Polls

The men’s track team is tied for 16th with Baylor and Georgetown in the latest (Feb.4) Trackwire 25 poll. The Tigers received 12 points. Arkansas holds the No. 1 spot with 61 votes.

Tigers in the National Rankings (as of 2/8/98)

Shawn Crawford    2nd 200m dash           **20.78     26th    55m dash    *6.26   Jeremichael Williams        5th 55m high hurdles    *7.27Sultan Tucker           5th 55m high hurdles    *7.27   Nikkie Bouyer       14th    55m high hurdles    *7.78       Terri Robinson      15th    55m dash    *6.85       21st    long jump   *19'11.5"   Shekera Weston          20th    55m dash    *6.89Cutchin, Watt, Bouyer, Westin   3rd 4x400m relay    *3:39.32    Gill, Murphy, Hines, Washington  9th    4x400m relay    *3:10.43

Up Next for the Tigers. . .

Clemson plays host to the Tiger Classic on February 13-14 in Littlejohn Coliseum on the Clemson campus.

Crawford Claims Second ACC Performer of the Week Award

Shawn Crawford has captured two ACC Indoor Track and Field Performer of the Week honors during the indoor season. On January 20, Crawford won the award after winning the 60m dash at the Clemson Invitational. The sophomore’s time of 6.72 provisionally qualified him for the NCAA meet.

Crawford was honored again on January 27 after his performance at the Virginia Tech Invitational. He won the 200m dash with a time of 21.04. The mark broke the track record and automatically qualified him for the NCAA meet.

Lady Tigers Post Strong Performance at Ikon Invite

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — The Clemson women’s track squad competed at the Ikon Office Supplies Invitational in Johnson City, TN on January 23-24. The Lady Tigers battled against a field of elite competitors which included six former Olympians and several U.S. national champions.

In Friday’s competition, the 1600m relay team of Lashonda Cutchin, Samantha Watt, Nikkie Bouyer, and Shekera Weston provisionally qualified with a time of 3:40.18 in first place.

Nikkie Bouyer sprinted to a time of 24.44 for the Lady Tigers in the preliminaries of the 200m dash. In the 20 lb. weight throw competition, Jamine Moton finished in fourth place with a toss of 50’8 1/4″. In Saturday’s competition, three Lady Tigers posted personal best performances. Megan Hartman turned in a time of 10:19.13 to finish third in the 3000m run. Erika van Reenan finished the 5000m run in a time of 18:17.12. In the shot put competition, Jamine Moton recorded a toss of 45’1 3/4″ (5th).

Clemson Competes at ACC vs. SEC Challenge

GAINESVILLE, Fla — The Clemson men’s and women’s track teams competed on Saturday, January 31 at the ACC vs. SEC Challenge held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. The ACC was defeated by the SEC by scores of 199-264 in men’s competition and 187-277 in women’s competition.

For the Clemson men’s team, Sultan Tucker and Jeremichael Williams provisionally qualified in the 55m high hurdles as they both finished with a time of 7.27 to tie for second place. In the 200m dash, Charles Allen sprinted to a mark of 21.57 to place fourth for the Tigers. Steve Alexander posted a time of 15:11.13 in the 5000m run, finishing fourth.

In the Lady Tigers’ competition, Nikkie Bouyer recorded time of 7.78 in the 55m high hurdles (4th) which is a NCAA provisional qualifying time. The 1600m relay team of Lashonda Cutchin, Samantha Watt, Nikkie Bouyer, and Shekera Weston walked away with first-place honors and also provisionally qualified with a season best time of 3:40.14.

Clemson Men Compete at Virginia Tech Invitational

BLACKSBURG, Va.–The Clemson men’s track team traveled to the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, VA on January 23-24.

The Tigers picked up an automatic qualifier as Shawn Crawford walked away with first-place honors in the 200m dash with a time of 21.04. Jeremichael Williams turned in a provisional qualifying time of 7.82 to finish in third place in the 60m high hurdles.

Joe Gibson posted a personal best performance in the 3000m run with a time of 8:17.68 to finish second. In the jumps, David Hartzler posted a strong finish in the pole vault competition as he negotiated a height of 16’4.75″ to wrap up second place.

Clemson Captures Victory at Clemson Invitational

CLEMSON, S.C.–The Clemson men’s team won the Clemson Invitational after a two-day competition on January 16-17 held in Littlejohn Coliseum. The men’s team won with 105.5 points ahead of Alabama (52), Auburn (40), Western Carolina (39.5), and Coastal Carolina (8).

Joe Gibson led the men’s team with a time of 8:24.29 in the 3000m run to capture first-place honors. In the shot put competition, Tom Hopkins recorded a 45’10” mark in the top spot. Kenny Franklin chalked up yet another first-place title for the Tigers with a 21.92 performance in the 200m dash.

Garner Begins Clemson Career with a Victory

Ron Garner, who was named the head coach of the Clemson women’s track and field program on January 9, began his career at the Clemson Invitational held January 16-17.

The Lady Tigers won the meet with a total of 60 points. They defeated Western Carolina (35), Auburn (27), and Coastal Carolina (8) in the two-day meet in Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Lady Tigers were led by Nikkie Bouyer who turned in a provisional qualifying mark of 7.84 in the 55m high hurdles to finish second. Stephanie Hicks posted a 59.37 in the 400m dash to record first-place honors. She was closely followed by teammates Mandy McLane with a time of 1:00.68 (2) and Julie Stackhouse in a time of 1:01.82 (3). In the 800m run, Julianne Littman captured top honors for the Lady Tigers with a time of 2:17.48.

In the field events, Jamine Moton posted another first-place title for the Lady Tigers with a throw of 44’1 1/2″ in the shot put competition. Julie Polovick finished second in the 20 lb. weight throw with a toss of 48’8 1/4″.

DMR Team Sets Record

The distance medley relay team of Julianne Littman, Julie Stackhouse, Brantley Epps, and Shannon Schoppman recorded a Littlejohn Coliseum record time of 12:13.32 to capture first-place honors during the Clemson Invitational on Friday, January 16.

Freshmen Begin Clemson Career on a High Note

Four freshmen began their careers as Clemson athletes with personal best performances at the Clemson Opener on December 7.

Freshman Terri Robinson, a native of Decatur, GA provisionally qualified in both the long jump with a mark of 19’11 1/2″ and the 55m dash with a time of 6.85 which set a Littlejohn record. Robinson broke the 55m record of 6.86 previously held by Debbie Ferguson of Georgia (1995).

Simone Brown posted a 7.01 in the 55m dash, placing third. Jamine Moton threw a 49’11 3/4″ (8) in the weight throw to post a lifetime best mark. In the shot put competition, Cynthia Trzcinski placed fifth with a throw of 45’5″.

Clemson Men Sign Stellar Recruiting Class

Clemson track and field, the defending ACC Indoor and Outdoor Track Champions, signed two track All-Americans and one field All-American for the 1998-99 season. Sprinters Anthony Moorman and Michael Johnson, along with shot put standout Keith Rzewuski signed with the Tigers.

Anthony Moorman is a high school All-American at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL. Moorman was a two-time state champion in the 100m and 200m events. For three years, he was the sectional and conference champion in both events as well. Moorman’s lifetime best marks include a time of 10.3 in the 100m and 20.7 in the 200m. “We are extremely proud and excited to have Anthony as he certainly is an outstanding athlete, but more importantly he is a great individual,” commented Tiger head coach Bob Pollock.

Michael Johnson is a community college All-American at Hines Community College in Raymond, MS. Johnson is a native of North Augusta, SC and was an outstanding high school football player, as well as an excellent sprinter. Johnson has been timed at running the 100m in 10.38 seconds. “Michael is an outstanding sprinter and he is going to add to what we feel is the best sprint team in the country. We are very fortunate to attract such a talent to Clemson,” commented sprint coach Ralph White.

Shot put standout Keith Rzewuski will join the Tigers in the fall. He is currently a senior at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen, NJ. Rzewuski was named a 1997 All-American by the National Scholastic Sports Foundation. He also finished third at the Penn Relays with a shot put of 59’9″. Rzewuski’s best performance was a throw of 60’7″. Besides being an All-American, Rzewuski is an All-State, All-County and All-Division performer.

Tigers Acquire Five Qualifiers in First Meet

The men’s team, the defending 1997 ACC Indoor and Outdoor Champions, picked up two provisional qualifiers during the first meet of the season at the Clemson Opener on December 7, 1997.

Shawn Crawford, a native of Van Wyck, SC, posted a personal best time of 6.28 to place first in the 55m dash which is a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Only one second behind Crawford was teammate Charles Allen in second place with a 6.29, also a career best performance. All-American Jeremichael Williams was the other Tiger with a provisional qualifying time with his 7.89 first-place performance in the 60m high hurdles.

For the Lady Tigers, freshman Terri Robinson provisionally qualified in two events (55m dash – 6.85 and long jump – 19’11 1/2″). Shekera Weston posted a 6.89 in the 55m dash to provisionally qualify.