Feb. 21, 2002
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s track and field team will compete at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet this Saturday, Feb. 23, in Blacksburg, VA. Last weekend, the Lady Tigers finished fourth at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Chapel Hill, NC.
Six Lady Tigers have qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to be held Mar. 8-9 in Fayetteville, AR. Joana Costa, Gisele Oliveira, Terri Robinson and Sheri Smith each surpassed the qualifying standards. Elder posted her qualifying mark in December at the West Virginia Invitational, while Oliveira posted her best mark in January at the Kroger Invitational. Moton’s mark in the shot put was set at the Tyson Invitational, and her weight throw mark was set in January at the Kroger Invitational. Robinson set her mark in February at the Virginia Tech Challenge and Smith qualified at the 2002 ACC Championships.
Elder’s converted time of 8.38 in the 60m hurdles ranks her 15th in the nation. Costa is tied for 44th in the nation with her mark of 12’5.5″ in the pole vault. Moton leads the nation in the shot put with her mark of 56’7.5″. She also ranks fourth in the nation in the weight throw (68’6″). Robinson ranks 10th in the nation in the long jump with her mark of 20’5″. In the triple jump, Oliveira is currently ranked sixth with a mark of 42’6″, and Smith is 27th with a mark of 41’5.25″.
The Clemson women’s track and field team was ranked tied for eighth in the first poll released by Gary Verigin’s Trackwire on Jan. 15. Currently, the Lady Tigers rank 16th for the second consecutive week. Clemson was in a tie for 10th on Feb. 5 after improving on their 17th-place ranking on Jan. 29. In the Jan. 22 poll, the Lady Tigers shared 16th place.
Clemson was ranked 16th in the Team Power Rankings with 239.88 points as of Feb. 12 but dropped to 17th (245.43 pts.). The Lady Tigers were ranked as high as sixth (230.12 pts.) on Jan. 29, and had a ranking of 13th (233 pts.) on Feb. 5.
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