April 24, 2000
DURHAM, N.C. – The Clemson women’s track & field team recorded five runner-up performances on its way to a seventh-place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Duke University’s Wallace Wade Stadium.
The Tigers had nine All-ACC honorees on their way to scoring 57 points, just 3.5 points out of fifth place. Florida State claimed its first ACC women’s track & field trophy outscoring second-place North Carolina 192-183 in a race that came down to the 4x400m relay which was won by the Seminoles. UNC was third in that event and Clemson was fourth. FSU had just a five-point advantage heading into the event.
Keke Elder went 13.62 in the 100m hurdles for eight points in a second-place finish. Nyjla Littlejohn added two points in the event by finishing seventh in a time of 14.23. Littlejohn also grabbed second place in the 400m hurdles. She was .61 seconds behind UNC’s DeAnne Davis who won the event in a time of 59.07. Clemson’s 4x100m relay also earned the silver medal going 45.93 with a team consisting of Shannon Murray, Carcia Smith, LaShonda Cutchin and Elder.
Kammie Blount also locked down eight points for the Tigers. Blount was second in the javelin with a launch of 142-8. The only other points were scored by Beth Ahern in an eighth-place finish in the 3,000m. In Friday’s action, freshman Joana Costa set an ACC Championships record despite finishing second in the pole vault. Costa cleared 12-3 1/2 in her second-place effort in the pole vault that earned the Tigers eight points. The clearance was the same height as the winner, Duke’s Jillian Schwartz. Costa was forced to withdraw from the heptathlon after injuring a foot at the start of competition on Saturday.
The Clemson women will compete this weekend at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, PA.
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