April 26, 2001
CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson women’s track and field team will compete at the Penn Relays this weekend in Philadelphia, PA. The Lady Tigers most recently competed at the ACC Outdoor Championships in Orlando, FL, where they finished second with 167 points.
The Lady Tigers will travel 14 student-athletes to the Relays this weekend. Senior Mandy McLane, sophomore Joana Costa and freshman Sarah Ellis will compete in the pole vault while junior Jamine Moton will compete in the discus throw, shot put and hammer throw. Freshman Katie Pickett will compete in the high jump, and sophomore Sheri Smith will represent the Lady Tigers in the triple jump. In the 400m hurdles, seniors Michelle Burgher and Nyjla Littlejohn will compete for Clemson while junior Kyana Elder will compete in the 100m hurdles. ACC Champion Cydonie Mothersill, a senior, is entered in the 100m dash. Mothersill, Burgher, and seniors LaShonda Cutchin and Shekera Weston will compete in the 4x400m relay. Burgher, Mothersill, sophomore Marcia Smith and Weston will comprise the Lady Tigers’ 4x200m relay team and Burgher, Mothersill, Shannon Murray and Weston will compete as the 4x100m relay team.
McLane (Windermere, FL) recorded her season-best mark and set a Clemson record as she provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pole vault with a mark of 12’10 3/4″ at the Clemson Relays. She also met the provisional qualifying standard at the Georgia Relays, clearing 12’6 3/4″.
Costa (Sao Paolo, Brazil) has a season-best mark of 12’3 1/2″ in the pole vault, set at the Clemson Invitational. That mark ranks second on the Lady Tigers’ all-time best list. She also cleared 12’1 1/2″ at Sea Ray Relays, good for a sixth place finish.
Ellis (Florence, SC) set a personal and season-best mark in the pole vault at the ACC Championships as she cleared 11’4 1/4″. Her second-best mark of the season was set at the Sea Ray Relays (11’1 3/4″).
Moton (Glassboro, NJ) will compete in three events for the Lady Tigers this weekend. She holds the Clemson record in the shot put, hammer and discus and has automatically qualified in each event this season. She set a conference meet record in the hammer throw with a season-best mark of 188’8″ at the ACC Championships. Moton posted a season-best mark of 53’1 3/4″ in the shot put at the Florida Relays and has a top mark of 181’7″ in the discus throw, which she also set at the Florida Relays.
Pickett (Maryville, TN) recorded a personal best of 5’7″ in the high jump at the ACC Championships after clearing 5’6 1/2″ at the Clemson Invitational and Clemson Relays. She currently ranks fourth in the high jump on the Lady Tigers’ all-time best list.
Sheri Smith (Bronx, NY) posted a season-best mark of 41’9 1/4″ in the triple jump at the ACC Championships, moving her into third on Clemson’s all-time best list in that event. She won the event at the Clemson Invitational with a mark of 41’3 3/4″, her second-best mark of the season.
Burgher (Kingston, Jamaica) is second on Clemson’s all-time best list after winning the 400m hurdles event with a provisional qualifying time of 57.79 at the ACC Championships. Burgher posted a time of 58.58 in the conference meet preliminaries, breaking the minute mark for the first time this season.
Littlejohn (Columbia, MD) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400m hurdles with her times of 58.76 and 59.19 at the ACC Championships. She had previously posted a season-best time of 59.94 at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, TN. Littlejohn ranks fourth in the 400m hurdles on Clemson’s all-time best list.
Elder (Atlanta, GA) ranks second all-time for Clemson in the 100m hurdles with a provisional qualifying time of 13.51 set at the ACC Championships. With that mark, she improved on her previous season-best time of 13.61 set at the Sea Ray Relays.
The NCAA Champion in the 200m indoors, Mothersill (Cayman Islands) will compete for the Lady Tigers in the 100m dash. She holds the school record in the event with a provisional qualifying time of 11.31 set at the Clemson Invitational. She also met the qualifying standard at the ACC Championships as she won the event with a time of 11.34.
Cutchin (Virginia Beach, VA) will compete as a member of the Lady Tigers’ 4x400m relay team. She posted a season-best time of 54.31 in the 400m dash at the ACC Championships and was a member of Clemson’s relay team that posted an automatic qualifying time of 3:33.39 at the Sea Ray Relays.
Weston (Fort Campbell, KY) will compete as a member of all three of Clemson’s relay teams. She has posted provisional qualifying times in the 200m and 400m dashes as an individual and is a member of the Lady Tigers’ top 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams.
Marcia Smith (Decatur, GA) will also compete as a member of the 4x200m relay team. She was a member of the Lady Tigers’ top three 4x200m relay teams, including the team that posted a season-best time of 1:35.56 at the Clemson Relays.
Murray (Decatur, GA) will run a leg of the Lady Tigers’ 4x100m relay. She posted a top time of 11.78 in the 100m dash at the Clemson Invitational and was a member of the 4x100m relay team that posted an automatic qualifying time of 44.19 at the ACC Championships.
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