Sept. 17, 2002
The Clemson women’s track and field team has added nine student-athletes to its 2002-03 squad. This year’s list of newcomers is highlighted by four state champions.
Jennifer Barton, a freshman from Toledo, OH, will compete as a member of the Lady Tiger cross country team and in distance events. She was tabbed first-team all-city in 2001 and 2002 for cross country and track, as well as named Notre Dame Academy’s 2002 track Most Valuable Performer. Barton was the 2001 MVP for cross country, and earned Most Improved Runner honors in 1999. She lettered in cross country and track for three years. Barton’s personal bests include times of 2:18 in the 800m, 5:31 in the 1600m and 20:05 in the 5000m.
A freshman from Southbury, CT, Allison Bradshaw will compete in the throws for Clemson. She was the State Open champion indoor and outdoor in 2001 and earned All-New England honors indoor and outdoor in 2001. Bradshaw was named all-conference and all-state in the shot put indoor and outdoor in 2001and was tabbed Best in Field Hartford Public in 2001. She was also named girls track News Times Athlete of the Year in 2001 and holds the Class MM indoor shot put record as well as the Class M outdoor record. Bradshaw set the outdoor state record in 2001.
A freshman sprinter from Takoma Park, MD, Denise Cruse was the 2002 P & G Journal Girls Performer of the Year. She was also named to the 2001 Gazette all-star team and was a member of the 2000 P&G Journal all-star team. Cruse helped lead her team to the WCAC championship in 2000 and 2001, and Elizabeth Seton High School also claimed the Mt. Saint Joseph’s team title in 2000-2002. Individually, she earned Mt. Saint Joseph’s MVP award in 2002 and collected Glenelg Most Valuable Perfomer awards in 2000 and 2001. She was named to the 2001 Who’s Who Sports all-stars and was a four-time letterwinner in track. Cruse’s personal best times include a 54.63 in the 400m.
Jennifer Hooten, a freshman from Simpsonville, SC, will compete as a member of the cross country team and in the distance events for the Lady Tigers. She was named All-Greenville county and all-region in 2000 in cross country. Hooten helped lead Mauldin High School to the 4A South Carolina state championship in 2000. She has a personal-best time of 20:33 in the 5K.
A junior from Uniondale, NY, JaToya Moore will compete in the sprints for Clemson. At Uniondale High School, she was a four-time state champion, including a two-time state champion in the 100m and 200m. She was named athlete of the year in 2000, and was a four-time letterwinner in track. Moore competed at Barton County Community College where she was a four-time All-American. Moore’s best times include 11.66 in the 100m and 23.63 in the 200m.
Casey Phillips, a freshman from Greenville, SC, will compete as a member of the cross country team and in the distance events. She was selected as the 2001 and 2002 Mauldin High School cross country team Most Valuable Performer and also was the track and field Most Valuable Performer in 2000 and 2001. In 2001, Phillips was named the Greenville County MVP. She earned three varsity letters each in swimming, cross country and track and was a member of the 2000 4x800m relay state championship team. She also helped lead Mauldin to the region championship in 2000 and 2001 as well as the 2000 cross country team state championship. Phillips’ best times include 2:21 in the 800m, 5:08.48 in the mile, 11:37 in the two mile and 18:35 in the 5000m.
A freshman from Chicago, IL, Angela Thomas will compete in the sprints and jumps for the Lady Tigers. She was a member of the AAU and USA National teams, as well as a four-time track and field Most Valuable Perfomer and three-time MVP in cross country at Whitney Young High School. She was named a three-time Hindale Central meet MVP and helped lead Whitney Young to the sectional championship three times (1999-2001). Thomas also helped lead the team to four conference runnerups (1999-2002). She was a member of the 800 medley state championship team and lettered four years in track and field and cross country. Her personal bests include a time of 56.6 in the 400m and 2:15.6 in the 800m as well as a mark of 18’3″ in the long jump.
A sprinter from Lanham, MD, Kaprice Williams was named to the all-metro second-team. She was a member of the top-ranked 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams and helped lead Eleanor Roosevelt High School to the regional, county and state championship. Williams has personal-bests of 11.7 in the 100m and 24.2 in the 200m.
Krystal Woods, a thrower from Warminster, PA, will compete in the throws for Clemson. She was named The Intelligencer’s 2001 Athlete of the Year after winning the Pennsylvania state championship in the discus. Woods was the William Tennent High School Most Valuable Performer in 2001 and 2002. Her personal bests include a mark of 130’3″ in the discus, 129’9″ in the javelin and 38’5″ in the shot put.
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