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Clemson Women’s Track and Field Team Prepared for ACC Indoor Championships

Feb. 15, 2001

Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson Women’s Track and Field team will compete at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday in Blacksburg, VA. The Tigers are looking to win their second title ever and their first Championship under new head coach Marcia Fletcher Noad. Clemson is looking to improve on their eighth-place finish at the 2000 ACC Indoor Championships.

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 looking to claim its second ACC title. The Tigers last won the Championship in 1992 under then-head coach Wayne Coffman. Clemson has finished as runnerup in eight meets – in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Last Year At The ACC Championships The Tigers finished eighth at the ACC Indoor Championships in 2000 and three Clemson athletes were named to the All-ACC team. Joana Costa won the pole vault with a mark of 11’11 3/4″, an ACC Championship record. Keke Elder also received all-conference accolades after she finished second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.38. Marcia Smith was the other Clemson athlete named All-ACC. Smith finished third in the 400m with a time of 54.07.

Tigers In The ACC Top Ten Thirteen Tigers rank among the top ten in the ACC and four Clemson athletes lead the conference. Senior Cydonie Mothersill (Cayman Islands) leads the league in the 55m dash and the 200m dash. Her time of 6.86 in the 55m is the the fastest time recorded in the conference this season. Mothersill’s performance of 23.18 is also an ACC-best. Senior Shekera Weston (Fort Campbell, KY) holds the league’s best time in the 60m dash (7.38) and in the 400m dash with a time of 54.98. Weston also ranks second in the 200m dash with a time of 24.22. Sophomore Marcia Smith (Decatur, GA) ranks eighth in the 55m dash with a time of 7.25 while senior LaShonda Cutchin (Virginia Beach, VA) is tenth in the 55m dash (7.27). Smith and Cutchin also rank among the leagues’ leaders in the 400m dash. Smith is fourth with a time of 56.10 while Cutchin is ninth (56.99). The Tigers’ sophomore Shannon Murray (Decatur, GA) ranks tenth in the 60m with a time of 7.64. Robinson also owns the tenth-best time in the conference in the 200m dash (25.09). Senior Nyjla Littlejohn (Columbia, MD) is second in the conference in the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.09. Littlejohn is also ninth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.89. Junior Keke Elder (Atlanta, GA) ranks second in the 60m dash with a time of 8.43, only one-hundredth of a second off the league leader. Junior Perry Fields (Columbia ,SC) ranks fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:12.14 and is sixth in the mile run (4:59.64). Senior Michelle Burgher (Kingston, Jamaica) also ranks in the top ten in the 800m. Her time of 2:13.03 is eighth in the league. The Tigers’ 4x400m relay team of Burgher, Cutchin, Weston and Mothersill leads the conference with a time of 3:36.98. The Distance Medley Relay team is seventh in the conference with a time of 12:20.01. Freshman Katie Pickett (Maryville, TN) ranks seventh in the league with a mark of 5″53/4″ in the high jump. Senior Mandy McLane (Windermere, FL) is second in the ACC in the pole vault with a mark of 12’63/4″. Junior Jamine Moton (Glassboro, NJ) leads the conference in both the shot put and the weight throw. She has an ACC best mark of 52’8″ in the shot and a mark of 68’01/2″ in the weight throw.

Clemson Qualifiers Six Tigers have qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held at Fayetteville, Arkansas, March 2-3. Cydonie Mothersill has the fourth-best time in the nation in the 60m dash with her time of 7.36. Mothersill posted the second-fastest time in the nation in the 200m dash with an automatic qualifying time of 23.18 at the Tyson Invitational. Shekera Weston is also a qualifier in the 60m dash with a time of 7.38. That time ranks sixth in the nation this year. Keke Elder provisionally qualified in the 60m hurdles with a 19th-best time of 8.43. Clemson’s 4x400m relay team of Burgher, Cutchin, Weston and Mothersill recorded the fourth-best time in the nation (3:36.98) as they provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships. In the field events, Mandy McLane posted a mark of 12’63/4″ in the pole vault. That mark ranks 15th overall. Jamine Moton provisionally qualified in the shot put with a mark of 52’8″ which is the third-best mark in the nation this season. She also automatically qualified in the weight throw with a mark of 68’01/2″. That mark is second in the nation this year.

Tigers In The Record Books Seven Clemson athletes and the 4x400m relay team have entered or moved up on the Clemson all-time best list. Mandy McLane is first on the all-time list in the pole vault after clearing 12’63/4″ at the Tyson Invitational. Jamine Moton is Clemson’s all-time leader in both the shot put and the weight throw. Moton posted a mark of 68’01/2″ at the Ikon Invitational in the weight throw and had a mark of 52’8″ at the Tyson Invitational. Cydonie Mothersill leads the Tigers in both the 55m and 200m dashes. Her time of 6.68 at the Tiger Classic moved her into first on the all-time list. She also recorded a time of 23.18 in the 200m to set a new Clemson record. The 4x400m relay team of Michelle Burgher, LaShonda Cutchin, Shekera Weston and Cydonie Mothersill ranks first all-time after their time of 3:36.98 at the Tyson Invitational. Keke Elder improved her personal best time of 8.54 in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.43 at the Clemson Invitational. She currently ranks second all-time in the 60m hurdles. Perry Fields is fifth on the all-time list in the 800m with a time of 2:12.14 at the Ikon Invitational. Katie Pickett is tied for fourth in the high jump with a mark of 5’53/4″ posted at the Tiger Classic.

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