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Clemson Track & Field to Compete at Jim Click Shootout, Raleigh Relays

Clemson Track & Field to Compete at Jim Click Shootout, Raleigh Relays

March 28, 2012

2012 Jim Click Shootout Heat Sheets

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson track & field program will split up this weekend, with a distance group headed to Raleigh, NC for the Raleigh Relays and the majority of the two teams headed to Tucson, AZ for the Jim Click Shootout. The latter is a scored team meet featuring invited teams only. Clemson will compete against Arizona (host) and California of the Pac-12, Miami (FL) of the ACC, and Ohio State and Penn State of the Big Ten. The Tigers have the highest rated team competing, the No. 4 nationally rated women’s team. Other nationally-rated teams include Arizona’s men (No. 11) and women (No. 18), and Ohio State’s men’s team (No. 25).

The Jim Click Shootout will feature a scored format. The top six finishers in both individual events and relays will earn points on a 10-8-6-4-2-1 basis.

All of Clemson’s action at the Jim Click Shootout will take place Saturday, March 31. The action gets started early, with the women’s hammer throw featuring Brittney Waller at 9:00 AM. Christy Gasparino, fresh off a school record in the pole vault, leads a group of four Tiger entries in that event at 11:30 AM.

At noon on Saturday, reigning ACC Women’s Performer of the Week T.J. Christy and Cory Thalheimer are all entered in the men’s shot put and discus. Shai Carpenter is scheduled for both horizontal jumps.

On the track, the Tigers will compete a number of student-athletes in Tucson. The first track event will be the women’s 4×100-meter relay at 1:00 PM. Last week, Clemson’s team of Brianna Rollins, Dezerea Bryant, Marlena Wesh and Jasmine Edgerson set a school record with a time of 43.50 in Orlando, FL. Rollins will lead a strong contingent in the women’s 100 hurdles, slated for a 1:35 start. The men’s high hurdles follow and will feature Spencer Adams’ first action of the 2012 outdoor season.

Clemson will run several competitors in the 100-meter dash. Bryant leads the women’s group in the event at 2:15, while veterans Warren Fraser and Justin Murdock look to follow with strong times in the men’s 100 dash. Clemson will take its middle distance teams to Arizona, with the likes of Brianna Blanton and Aaron Ramirez scheduled for the 800 meters at 2:25.

The Tigers have entered several athletes in the 400 hurdles as well. The women’s race is slated for 2:40 and will feature Marlena Wesh, who produced a solid time of 52.60 in the open 400 to start her outdoor season last week in Orlando. Adams and freshman Elijah Britton are scheduled for the men’s 400 hurdles.

The 200 dash is Clemson’s final individual event Saturday at the Jim Click meet. Jasmine Edgerson, Monique Gracia and Bridgette Owens will join Bryant in that event at 3:00. Fraser and Murdock are scheduled from the men’s team for the 200 dash. The 4×400 relays conclude the meet, beginning with the women’s race at 3:50.

Distance coach Brad Herbster will accompany his group to Raleigh, NC for the Raleigh Relays on Friday, March 30. Alyssa Kulik is the headliner competing for the Tiger program. The 2011 All-American will see her first action of the season in the 3000-meter steeplechase. She is slated to run at 5:45 PM. Chris Slate will run the 1500 meters in Raleigh. Later that night, Clemson will compete Ty McCormack in the men’s 5000 meters and Natalie Anthony, Kim Ruck and Cara Talty in the women’s 5K.