June 28, 2004
CLEMSON, S.C. – Five members of the Clemson women’s track and field team competed at the 2004 USA Junior Track and Field Championships held last weekend on the campus of Texas A&M at the Frank G. Anderson Track and Field Complex in College Station, TX. Three Lady Tigers earned Verizon All-America honors, and Christina Smith finished second in the 400m hurdles to qualify for the 2004 World Junior Track and Field Championships to be held July 13-18 in Grosseto, Italy.
Smith, from Philadelphia, PA, recorded a time of 59.53 in the finals of the 400m hurdles to finish as the runner-up and qualify for the World Junior Championships. She clocked a 1:01.58 in the preliminaries of the intermediate hurdles. Smith earned Verizon All-America honors with her performance. Smith owns a career-best performance of 58.43, recorded at the East Region Championships, and ranks third on the Lady Tigers’ all-time list in the intermediate hurdles.
Della Clark competed in the shot put and hammer throw at the USA Juniors. The native of Acworth, GA, posted a mark of 42’7″ in the shot put to finish 11th, but earned Verizon All-America accolades in the hammer throw with a fifth-place finish. Clark, who ranks second on the Lady Tigers’ all-time list in the hammer throw, recorded a mark of 165’3″ in that event.
Sara Young represented the Lady Tigers in the pole vault. Young, from Laurens, SC, cleared 12’1.5″ to tie for sixth in the pole vault. She earned Verizon All-America honors with that top-eight finish.
Jessica Cousins, from Seneca, SC, competed in the 400m dash, recording a time of 57.57 in the preliminaries of the event. A native of Brookfield, WI, Patrice McMillan competed in the preliminaries of the 800m run, crossing the finish line in 2:19.67.
2004 Verizon All-Americans Christina Smith – second place, 400m hurdles Della Clark – fifth place, hammer throw Sara Young – sixth place, pole vault
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