April 17, 2009
Coral Gables, FL – Clemson wrapped up the second day of competition Friday at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It was a breezy afternoon for the competitors, with swirling winds affecting several of the events. After two days of competition, the women’s team is in sixth place with 31 points, while the men are eight with 11. North Carolina (52) leads the women’s standings, while Florida State (63) is atop the men’s leaderboard.
C.J. Spiller won the opening heat with a 10.60, as he and Justin Murdock (10.79) coasted to a 1-2 finish. Trenton Guy (10.62) also qualified for the final.
Ford was also strong in the 200m prelims, posting a season-best time of 20.95 to qualify for regionals. C.J. Spiller ran a 21.46 to put both sprinters in Saturday’s final (6:30).
Kristine Scott had an outstanding performance in the short sprints. The junior from Orlando, FL posted a time of 11.66 in the 100m prelims, a personal best by two-tenths of a second. She qualified for Saturday’s final (5:20). She was exceptional in the 200m dash, as she won the opening heat with a personal best 23.50. Her time ranks seventh-best in school history. Scott qualified for the East Region Championships in both events with her performance Friday.
Miller Moss competed in the men’s quarter mile, but did not advance to the final round. He finished 16th overall with a time of 48.98. Will Noble qualified for the finals of the 800m run. The senior from Gray Court, SC had a time of 1:52.11. His final will be at 5:50 on Saturday. Jonathan Sunde competed in the steeplechase for the Tigers, posting a time of 9:54.19 and finishing 11th.
Candice Johnson competed in the women’s 800m and posted a time of 2:14.59 to finish 15th. A pair of student-athletes from Clemson were in the steeplechase. Stephanie Buffo, ranked #2 on Clemson’s career charts for the event, was 13th with a personal best time of 11:22.56. Joanie Castagno was 14th with a time of 11:30.12, third-best in school history.
Lilla Fordos and Chris Slate both competed in the 1500m run Friday, but neither advanced to Saturday’s finals. Fordos, competing in her first ACC outdoor meet, put together a season-best time of 4:48.62. Slate, likewise competing for the first time at the conference level outdoors, posted a time of 4:02.36 Friday afternoon.
Anastasia Wilson captured her second straight All-ACC honor in the high jump to highlight Clemson’s efforts in the field Friday. A Conway, SC native, she cleared 5’7″ and tied for third place. Wilson was a third-place finisher in the event indoors as well. Linda Buchholz also cleared 5’7″, but tied for fifth.
Josh Fowler led Clemson’s efforts in the long jump. The sophomore from Inman, SC finished ninth overall after a jump of 23’7.25″. Alex Padgett was the school’s top performer in the shot put, placing 10th with a throw of 52’4.5″.
The action concludes Saturday from the Cobb Track Facility. Clemson’s first competition will be the women’s pole vault at 1 PM. Live coverage will be available online at ACC Select, beginning at 4 PM.
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