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Clemson Women’s Track And Field Set For ACC Championship

April 18, 2001

Clemson will compete in the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday (Apr. 20-21). The meet will be held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports TM Complex in Orlando, FL. The championships are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The awards presentation will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday after the 4×400 meter relay.

Lady Tigers At The ACC Championships With a new coaching staff in place led by former Clemson Tiger All-ACC and All-American Marcia Fletcher Noad, Clemson is in search of its third ACC title. The Lady Tigers last won the Championship in 1999 under then-head coach Ron Garner. Clemson also won the title in 1991, and the Lady Tigers have finished as runnerup in three meets – in 1992, 1993 and 1998.

Last Year At The ACC Championships The Lady Tigers finished seventh with 57 points at the ACC Outdoor Championships in 2000 and five Clemson athletes were named to the All-ACC team.

Joana Costa finished second in the pole vault with a mark of 12’3 1/2″, tying the ACC Championship record. Duke’s Jillian Scwartz won the event with the same mark, but cleared the height earlier than Costa. Kammie Blount finished second in the javelin throw with a mark of 142’8″ and LaShonda Cutchin was third in the 400m dash with a provisional time of 53.50. Kyana Elder placed second in the 100m hurdles with a provisional qualifying time of 13.62 and Nyjla Littlejohn was the runnerup in the 400m hurdles with a time of 59.68. The Lady Tigers’ 4x400m relay team of Shannon Murray, Marcia Smith, Cutchin and Elder also finished as the runnerups with a time of 45.93.

Lady Tigers Chasing Records Several Lady Tigers are chasing ACC meet and overall records. Cydonie Mothersill, Mandy McLane, Jamine Moton and the 4x400m relay team have recorded marks that equal or better the current meet records.

Mothersill will attempt to break the ACC meet record of 23.12 in the 200m. The current record was set by Clemson’s Nikki Bouyer in Orlando in 1998. Mothersill has already run a time of 22.67 in the 200m dash to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. She will also be going after the ACC meet record in the 100m dash. Mothersill’s time of 11.31 ties the ACC meet record set by Florida State’s Tonya Carter last year in Durham, NC.

Mandy McLane’s season-best mark of 12’10 3/4″ is seven and one-quarter inches better than the ACC meet record of 12’3 1/2″ set by Duke’s Jillian Schwartz and Clemson’s Joana Costa in 2000.

Jamine Moton is looking to add at least two more ACC meet records to her previous collection. Moton’s season-best mark of 53’1 3/4″ is better than the record of 52’7 1/4″ set by the Lady Tigers’ Nicole Sims. She has already set a new conference record in the discus with a mark of 181’7″, which broke the previous record of 181′ set in 1993 by UNC’s Lynda Lipson. Moton will attempt to break the ACC meet record of 180’10” set by UNC’s Ingrid Hantho in Raleigh, NC, in 1994.

The Lady Tigers’ 4x400m relay team of Burgher, Cutchin, Weston and Mothersill will attempt to break the ACC meet record of 3:34.06 set i n1992 by Georgia Tech’s Nelrae Pasha, Janeen Jones, Shellie O’Neal and Audrey Dempsey. The conference record is 3:30.17 set by FSU’s Maria Embon, Yashiva Edwards, Erica Shepard and Rikke Ronholt in 1997.

Tigers In The ACC Top Ten Fifteen Tigers rank among the top ten in the ACC and two Clemson athletes lead the conference.

Senior Cydonie Mothersill (Cayman Islands) leads the league in the 100m dash and the 200m dash. Her provisional qualifying time of 11.31 in the 100m is the the fastest time recorded in the conference this season. Mothersill’s time of 22.67 is a national and ACC best.

Senior Michelle Burgher leads the conference in the 400m with a provisional time of 53.25. She is also second in the 400m hurdles (1:00.04).

Senior Shekera Weston (Fort Campbell, KY) ranks second in the 200m dash with a time of 23.91 and is also second in the 400m with a time of 53.62.

Sophomore Marcia Smith (Decatur, GA) ranks eighth in the 100m dash with a time of 11.96 and is fourth in the 400m (54.54).

Senior LaShonda Cutchin (Virginia Beach, VA) is eighth in the 100m dash with a time of 11.96 and ranks seventh in the 400m (55.08). The Tigers’ sophomore Shannon Murray (Decatur, GA) ranks fifth in the 100m dash with a time of 11.78.

Senior Nyjla Littlejohn (Columbia, MD) is fifth in the conference in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01.04 and ranks seventh in the 100m hurdles (14.20).

Junior Keke Elder (Atlanta, GA) ranks second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.83.

Junior Perry Fields (Columbia ,SC) ranks second in the 800m with a time of 2:11.97 and is fifth in the 1500m run (4:30.38).

Freshman Kristi Toothman (Greer, SC) is currently fifth in the 10,000m with a time of 40:09.71.

The Tigers’ 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams lead the conference. The 4x100m relay team of Murray, Weston, Burgher and Mothersill recorded the top time of 44.26 at the Clemson Invitational. Clemson’s 4x400m relay team of Burgher, Cutchin, Smith and Weston recorded the league-best time of 3:33.39.

Freshman Katie Pickett (Maryville, TN) ranks fifth in the league with a mark of 5″6 1/2″ in the high jump.

Senior Mandy McLane (Windermere, FL) is second in the ACC in the pole vault with a mark of 12’10 3/4″ while sophomore Joana Costa (Sao Paolo, Brazil) is sixth in the pole vault, having cleared 12’3 1/2″.

Sheri Smith, a junior from Bronx, NY, is second in the triple jump with a mark of 41’3 3/4″.

Junior Jamine Moton (Glassboro, NJ) leads the conference in both the shot put and the discus. She has an ACC best mark of 53’1 3/4″ in the shot and a mark of 181’7″ in the discus. Moton ranks second in the hammer with a mark of 175’9″.

Sophomore Lauren Nicholson (Marietta, GA) ranks eighth in the high jump, slearing 5’2 1/4″ and is sixth in the heptathlon with a season-best 4,203 points.

Clemson Qualifiers Six Tigers have qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships to be held in Eugene, OR, May 29-June 2.

Cydonie Mothersill has the top mark in the nation in the 200m dash with her time of 22.67. Mothersill posted the sixth-fastest time in the nation in the 100m dash with a provisional qualifying time of 11.31.

Michelle Burgher provisionally qualified in the 400m dash with a time of 53.25. She is currently ninth in the nation.

Shekera Weston is a provisional qualifier in the 400m with a time of 53.62, which ranks 13th in the nation.

Mandy McLane cleared 12’10 3/4″ to provisionally qualify in the pole vault. Her mark is currently eighth in the nation.

The Lady Tigers’ 4x100m relay team of Murray, Weston, Burgher and Mothersill provisionally qualified with a time of 44.26 at the Clemson Invitational. That time is currently the seventh-fastest mark in the nation.

Clemson’s 4x400m relay team of Burgher, Cutchin, Weston and Mothersill recorded the fourth-best time in the nation (3:33.39) as they automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships at the Sea Ray Relays.

Jamine Moton automatically qualified in the shot put with a mark of 53’1 3/4″ which is the fourth-best mark in the nation this season. She also automatically qualified in the discus with a mark of 181’7″ at the Florida Relays. That mark ranks third in the nation this year.

Lady Tigers In The Record Books Eleven Clemson athletes have entered or moved up on the Lady Tigers’ all-time best list.

Mandy McLane is first on the all-time list in the pole vault after clearing 12’103/4″ at the Clemson Relays. Joana Costa ranks second in the pole vault with a mark of 12’3 1/2″ set at the Clemson Invitational, and Sarah Ellis is fourth all-time after clearing 11’1 3/4″ at the Sea Ray Relays.

Jamine Moton is Clemson’s all-time leader in the shot put, hammer and the discus. Moton posted a mark of 53’1 3/4″ in the shot put at the Florida Relays to post the all-time best mark. She also became the Lady Tigers’ all-time leader in the discus with a mark of 181’7″ also at the Florida Relays. Moton had captured Clemson’s top spot in the hammer throw in 1999 with a mark of 181’7″.

Cydonie Mothersill leads the Tigers in the 100m dash with a her time of 11.31 posted at the Clemson Invitational. She also ranks second in the 200m dash with her performance of 22.67 at the Sea Ray Relays.

Michelle Burgher entered the all-time best list with a fifth-best time of 53.25 in the 400m dash recorded at the Sea Ray Relays.

Perry Fields ranks fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:09.09 also recorded at the Sea Ray Relays.

Nyjla LIttlejohn is fourth all-time in the 400m hurdles after recording a time of 59.94 at the Sea Ray Relays.

In the triple jump, Sheri Smith ranks third with a mark of 41’3 3/4″ posted at the Clemson Invitational.

Katie Pickett’s mark of 5’6 1/2″ in the high jump at the Clemson Invitational was good enough to put her in fifth place on the all-time list.

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