Jan. 25, 2011
CLEMSON – The Clemson women’s track & field team moved up one spot to No. 4 in the latest national computer ratings released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Tiger women were fifth in the preseason ratings, released Jan. 6 by the same organization.
Clemson, which also holds the distinction of the No. 1 ranking for teams in the Southeast Region, has several student-athletes ranked among the top 10 nationally in NCAA certified events. Oregon (183.12) remains atop the computer ratings, followed by Texas A&M (154.17) and LSU (126.08). Tennessee rounds out this week’s top five.
Stormy Kendrick is the NCAA’s current leader in the women’s 60m dash. Last weekend at the Hokie Invitational, the sophomore clocked a personal best and school record time of 7.22 seconds. The time also automatically qualified Kendrick for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. She won the event against a strong field, which included a former NCAA 60m champion.
Another sophomore, Miami native Brianna Rollins, posted the nation’s second-fastest time in the 60m hurdles. An All-American in the event last season, Rollins has not missed a beat since returning to action after red-shirting the 2010 outdoor campaign. She posted a time of 8.15 and won the event at the Hokie Invitational on Friday. Her time was just one hundredth of a second shy of an NCAA automatic qualifying mark.
Three-time ACC meet MVP April Sinkler is ranked in a pair of events. She is No. 4 on the TFRRS performance list in the triple jump, having posted a mark of 42’4″ in her first competition in the event of the 2011 season last weekend at Virginia Tech. Sinkler is also 10th in the long jump standings, with a season-best 19’11.75″ achieved last weekend as well.
The final individual ranked inside the top 10 of a particular event is another sophomore, Della Clark and Jamine Moton.
Clemson’s 4x400m relay is also ranked nationally according to the TFRRS list. The team of Whitney Fountain, Stormy Kendrick, Brianna Rollins and Marlena Wesh combined to a season-best 3:39.49 at the Hokie Invitational last Saturday in Blacksburg, VA.
The women’s team returns to action this weekend, with athletes competing at both the Penn State National Meet and the JRF Combined Events Invitational.
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