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Clemson’s Todd Matthews Wins Championship Of America In 110m Hurdles

Clemson’s Todd Matthews Wins Championship Of America In 110m Hurdles

April 28, 2002

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Clemson men’s track and field team concluded competition at the 108th Penn Relays Saturday at Franklin Field. The Tigers’ Todd Matthews won the Championship of America 110m hurdles, while Dwight Thomas finished second in the 100m dash to lead Clemson in Saturday’s events.

Matthews recorded a season-best time of 13.64, an automatic qualifying mark, in Saturday’s championship finals. He posted the fastest time of the day, including the Olympic Development race, to become only the second Tiger in school history to win the 110m hurdles Championship of America. In 1994, Duane Ross was Clemson’s first Championship of America winner in the 110m hurdles. Matthews’ time was only .08 seconds off his best-ever time of 13.56.

Thomas also recorded a season-best time in his second-place finish. His mark of 10.32 is a provisional qualifying mark. In Friday’s preliminaries, he recorded a trials-best time of 10.39.

The Tigers’ 4x100m relay team finished fifth in the Championship of America event. Larry Griffin, Otto Spain, Jacey Harper and Dwight Thomas recorded a time of 39.82 in the finals after qualifying in 40.53. The Tigers’ time of 39.82 is a provisional qualifying mark and another season-best time.

In the field events, Terrance McDaniel finished fourth in the college division high jump clearing 6’10.25″, while Doug Ameigh did not place in the Championship of America finals.

The Tigers will compete at the Cardinal Invitational and Georgia Invitational on May 3 and 4, respectively.