Crawford Aims To Repeat Indoor Effort In 200m At Outdoor Championships

May 30, 2000

CLEMSON, S.C. – It was a race that took a photo finish to determine, but Clemson’s Shawn Crawford broke the American record and won the national championship in the 200m at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

In a tight race with Florida’s John Capel, Crawford finished the race in 20.252, followed by Capel in 20.257.In the preliminaries Crawford had bettered the previous collegiate record with a 20.33 clocking. The former record had been held by UTEP’s Obadele Thompson, which he set in 1996.

The victory in Fayetteville was the second NCAA championship of Crawford’s career having won the event as a sophomore.

But after finishing third as a sophomore and sixth a year ago, Crawford has never won an NCAA title outdoors and has made it a goal in 2000. He has bettered the NCAA automatic qualifying standard five times this season. His best is 20.29, which he clocked by winning the ACC Championships, which were also held at Duke in April. The effort is second best in qualifying. Auburn’s Coby Miller, who finished fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships, owns the best time by a collegian, having turned in a 20.17 on April 1.

Crawford will have two other chances for NCAA gold this week. He is also entered in the 100m and as the second leg on the Tigers’ 4x100m relay entry.

Crawford finished fourth at the indoor meet in the shortest of the sprints, running a 6.67 in the 60m. In the outdoor 100m, he has been clocked at 10.16, the seventh-best qualifying mark. Clemson is entered eighth in the 400m relay. The team of Jacey Harper, Crawford, Charles Allen and Anthony Moorman, combined to go 39.50 at Clemson’s Orange & Purple Classic on May 14.

Clemson’s team efforts at the NCAA meet will be bolstered by Todd Matthews in the 110m high hurdles and Fred Sharpe in the 400m intermediate hurdles. Matthews qualified 17th with a time of 13.80, while Sharpe is qualified 19th with a time of 50.60. The Tigers’ only other competitor at the NCAA Championships is Andy Giesler, who is entered in the decathlon. Giesler scored 7,348 points at the Florida Relays.

The Tigers were tenth at the indoor championships and have never cracked a top-10 finish at the outdoor meet. Clemson was 10th in 1993 and tied for 10th in 1995. The Orange and Purple has two runner-up finishes, a third -place finish and an eighth place finish in indoor competition. Clemson was 19th at the 1999 championship in Boise, ID.

At the Championships

ACC Outdoor Championships Won: 9 (1980, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000)

2000 ACC Outdoor Champions: 8 (Shawn Crawford, 100m and 200m, Todd Matthews, 110mHH, Fred Sharpe 400mHH, Bryan Williams, HJ, Ryan Lewis, PV, Andy Giesler, decathlon, 4x100m Relay – Jacey Harper, crawford, Charles Allen, Anthony Moorman)

1999 NCAA Outdoor All-Americans: 12 (Shawn Crawford, 200m, Ato Modibo, 400m, Davidson Gill, 800m, Kai Maull, LJ, 4x100m Relay [Allen, Franklin, Moorman, Craword], 4x400m Relay [Allen Moorman, Gill, Modibo])

ACC Indoor Championships Won: 10 (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)

Clemson’s Participation at NCAA Championships

Name Cl. Events Season Best Time of Competition (Prelim/Final)
Charles Allen Sr. 4x100m Relay 39.50 Semifinals: Wednesday 5:30 PM Finals: Friday 6:00 PM
Shawn Crawford Sr. 100m 10.16 Trials: Thursday 7:20 PM Semifinals: Friday 6:45 PM Finals: 7:05 PM
200m 20.29 Trials: Wednesday 8:45 PM Semifinals: Friday 8:35 PM Finals: Saturday 8:10 PM
4x100m Relay 39.50 Semifinals: Wednesday 5:30 PM Finals: Friday 6:00 PM
Andy Giesler Jr. Decathlon 7,348 pts. Friday 2:00 to 8:00 PM Saturday 1:00 to 7:30 PM
Jacey Harper Fr. 4x100m Relay 39.50 Semifinals: Wednesday 5:30 PM Finals: Friday 6:00 PM
Todd Matthews So. 110m HH 13.80 Trials: Thursday 6:00 PM Semifinals: Friday 7:30 PM Finals: Saturday 6:15 PM
Anthony Moorman So. 4x100m Relay 39.50 Semifinals: Wednesday 5:30 PM Finals: Friday 6:00 PM
Fred Sharpe So. 400m Hurdles 50.60 Semifinals: Wednesday 6:10 PM Finals: Friday 6:20 PM

Taking Aim at the NCAA Outdoor Meet

Clemson will be trying to post its best-ever finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where Tigers have never finished better than 10th in 1993 and a tie for 10th in 1995.

The Orange & Purple have four top-10 finishes at the indoor meet, but are looking to crack the top-10 outdoors.

Clemson was eighth at the 1989 indoor meet, second at the 1992 and 1993 indoor meets, and third at the 1999 indoor meet. The Tigers were 19th at the outdoor meet last year in Boise, ID.

Tigers Ranked in Polls

Clemson is ranked 13th in the Team Power Rankings produced by Idaho State University. The Tigers are tied for 24th in the final Trackwire poll, published by Gary Verigin.

Pollock Named Regional Coach of the Year by USTCA

Clemson coach Bob Pollock has been named the Southeast Regional Coach of the Year by the United States Track Coaches Association.

He will receive the honor at the coaches banquet at the NCAA Championships May 30 in Durham, NC at Duke University.

Pollock guided the Tigers to their seventh ACC conference championship during the last four years in April when Clemson won the outdoor meet at Duke. In all, the Tigers have won 16 conference championships since 1989.

This is the sixth time Pollock has been selected regional coach of the year by the USTCA. He is a seven-time ACC Outdoor Coach of the Year.

No Team More Successful at ACC Meet than Tigers Under Pollock

Since 1989, the year that Bob Pollock took over the Clemson men’s track and field program, no other ACC school has been more successful. In numbers of team championships, no school has more. The Tigers have won six outdoor ACC titles and have been the best indoors nine times. The next closest team, North Carolina, has won six times, four titles outdoors and two titles indoors.

Team Championships Since 1989

Outdoor CLEMSON 7 North Carolina 4 NC State 1

Indoor CLEMSON 9 North Carolina 2 Florida State 1

Combined Indoor & Outdoor CLEMSON 16 North Carolina 6 Florida State 1 NC State 1

Crawford On Pace to Become Top All-American at Clemson

With Shawn Crawford entered in three events at the NCAA Championships (100m, 200m and 4x100m Relay), he could become Clemson’s top All-America winner for indoor and outdoor track & field and cross country.

By earning All-America honors indoors in both the 60m and 200m, he is now a nine-time All-American. That’s one behind all-time school leader James Trapp, who earned the honor a record 10 times.

Winningest All-Americans James Trapp 10 Shawn Crawford 9 Tony Wheeler 8 Duane Ross 7

Crawford Named MVP at ACC Outdoor Meet

Clemson’s Shawn Crawford was named the Most Valuable Performer for his performance at the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend at Duke University’s Wallace Wade Stadium.

Crawford, a senior from Van Wyck, SC, earned MVP honors after winning both the 100m and 200m and running the second leg of Clemson’s 4x100m relay that also posted a victory. His time in the 200m was the second fastest time of the outdoor season.

He is automatically qualified for both events at the NCAA Championships May 31-June 3 at Duke.

The award marks the second time he has received the award after the outdoor championships. Crawford is a four-time ACC MVP though, earning top athletic honors at the 1999 and 2000 meets.

Florida State’s Tonya Carter was named the Most Valuable Performer for the women, while Georgia Tech’s Brendon Mahoney was named ACC freshmen of the year. Florida State skipper Terry Long was named the Coach of the Year for both men and women.

Tiger Timeline

Impressive Wins Open Outdoor Season

The Clemson men’s track and field team opened the 2000 outdoor season on March 18 at the Clemson Relays.

Tiger senior Shawn Crawford recorded an automatic qualifying time of 20.33 in the 200m, breaking his own track record which he set a year ago with a time of 20.39.

Freshman Jacey Harper won the 100m with a time of 10.50, Junior Ben Hess won the pole vault with a mark of 15-11 3/4, and freshman Rick Hill came from behind to win the decathlon with 5,646 points. Hill won the 1500m with a time of 4:42.6, the pole vault with a mark of 10-11 3/4 and the 400m in 52.28.

Men Win Four Titles at Florida Relays

Todd Matthews won the 110 hurdles and three Clemson relay teams won events, leading the Clemson at the Florida Relays March 24-25.

Matthews won the 110 hurdles in the invitational portion of the competition with a time of 13.85.

Bob Pollock’s team took first place honors in the 4x110m shuttle relay (56.05), 4x200m relay (1:23.12) and the 4x100m relay (39.67).

Clemson had four other individuals who finished in the top three of individual events. Jacey Harper finished second in the 100 meters with a time of 10.52. Andy Giesler finished third in the decathlon with 7,348 points. Bryan Williams finished third in the triple jump with a 49-3 3/4 leap.

Malcolm Reynolds finished second in the high jump with a leap of 6-9 3/4. Clemson had two athletes finish in the top eight of the 1500 meters. Scott Shaw was seventh with a time of 3:59.72, while Steve Alexander was eighth at 4:01.24.

Clemson Wins Own Invitational

The Clemson men’s track and field team scored 226 points to win the Clemson Invitational April 1. The Tigers took first place in 11 events for the victory. Kansas was second in the men’s meet with 175 points, followed by Western Carolina with 124 points and Georgia Tech with 122 points.

Tiger senior Shawn Crawford led the team, recording an automatic qualifying time of 20.46 for first place in the 200m. Crawford also won the 100m in 10.56 and was a member of the Tigers’ 4x100m relay team that placed first with a time of 40.56

Other first-place finishers for the Tigers included Mike Connelly at 1:51.26 in the 800m and Jason Meany with a time of 14:45.18 in the 5,000m. Junior Sultan Tucker won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.09, while Fred Sharpe won the 400m hurdles in 51.23.

In the field events, Doug Ameigh placed first with a mark of 7-0 1/4 in the high jump, and Ben Hess won the pole vault with a mark of 16-4 3/4. Sophomore Kai Maull took first in the long jump (23-6), while senior Bryan Williams won the triple jump with a mark of 50-10 1/4.

Crawford Earns Qualification in 100 Meters

Shawn Crawford, who had already qualified for this year’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 200m, ran 10.18 in the 100m April 8 at the Duke Invitational to receive his second automatic qualification to the meet.

Crawford advanced to the finals after coasting with a 10.45 clocking in the preliminaries. He finished fourth in the finals but was the top collegian, recording a 10.18 behind Kenny Brokenburr, Tony McCall and Tim Montgomery, all competing unattached.

Todd Matthews was the second collegiate finisher in the 110m high hurdles. He finished fifth in the event in a time of 14.02. The only collegian finishing ahead of him was Syracuse’s Adrian Woodley, who turned in a 13.82. Ato Modibo was 14th in the 400m with an effort of 47.45. Fred Sharpe was 10th in the 400m with a time of 51.98.

The Tigers also had their best showing of the season in the 5,000m. Jason Meany finished 14th in a time of 14:24.32 while teammate Ryan Demers was 19th in a time of 14:34.74. Clemson’s distance medley relay team finished 14th.

In the field events, Malcolm Reynolds and Doug Ameigh both cleared 6-7 in the high jump. Kai Maull leapt a wind-aided 24-0 1/4 in the long jump to finish sixth, while Mark Jellison had a leap of 23-0 3/4 to finish 14th. Andy Giesler was fifth in the pole vault at 14-11. Tony Lloyd skipped 46-4 3/4 in the triple jump to finish 11th.

Tigers Win Seven of Last Eight ACC Titles

The Clemson men’s track & field team scored 179.33 points Saturday, winning eight events to claim its third Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championship in the last four years April 22 at the Wallace Wade Stadium at Duke University. The victory gave Clemson its seventh ACC outdoor title with Bob Pollock as the head coach and the ninth overall.

The Tigers got rolling in the final day of competition winning the 4x100m relay in a time of 40.19 seconds. The team consisted of Jacey Harper, Shawn Crawford, Charles Allen and Anthony Moorman. Despite the victory, the Tigers still trailed North Carolina, but then the Tigers showed the field just how much depth they have. Clemson swept the top three spots and four of the top five to score 28 points in the 100m high hurdles. Todd Matthews, Sultan Tucker and Allen went one, two, three and Ian Potter was fifth.

Clemson also racked up major points in the 100m with Crawford the first to break the tape in a time of 10.37. The Tigers scored 25 points in the event with Harper, Moorman and Allen finishing third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Crawford added a win in the 200m, claiming the event in a time of 20.54. Harper and Allen finished fifth and sixth to give Clemson 17 points in the half-lap event.

Fred Sharpe claimed a win in the 400m intermediate hurdles, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships in a time of 50.73.

Andy Geisler came through to win the decathlon. He scored 7,254 points, which is also a provisionally qualifying mark for the NCAA meet. Mark Jellison was third to give Clemson 16 points in the multi-event competition.

Bryan Williams, Kai Maull and Tony Lloyd teamed for 11 points in the triple jump. Williams scored five points in his fourth-place effort of 50-3 1/2 and Maull added four points, finishing fifth with a mark of 50-2 1/2. Lloyd was seventh, going 48-3 1/2 for two points.

On Friday, Ryan Lewis won the pole vault with a height of 16-4 3/4 and Malcolm Reynolds claimed victory in the high jump with a clearance of 6-10 3/4.

Ato Modibo and Mike Connelly each scored six points for the Tigers. Modibo finished third in the 400m in a time of 47.03, while Connelly was third in the 800m with a time of 1:51.71. Ryan Demers scored four points with a fifth-place finish in the 1500m finishing in a time of 3:46.61.

On Friday, Jason Meany finished third in the 10,000m, scoring six points with a performance clocked at 30:18.54. Maull was third in the long jump, going 24-3 1/2 to score six points and Keith Rzewuski scored four points with a fifth-place performance with a heave of 50-8 3/4.

In the team race, Florida State was second with 132 points, while NC State was third with 117 points and North Carolina was fourth with 11 points.

With the win, Clemson has now won seven of the last eight indoor and outdoor ACC Championships, sending the senior class of Allen, Crawford, Williams and Steve Alexander out with the most ACC championships won by a Clemson senior class. The Tigers have also won 16 of a possible 24 conference championships since 1989.

Tigers Get 3 Runner-up Finishes at Penn Relays

The Clemson men’s track team had three second-place finishes to highlight competition April 28-29 at the Penn Relays.

Fred Sharpe finished second in the 400m hurdles in a time 50.60. He was just .06 seconds behind Villanova’s Mike Brown, who won in a time of 50.54. The Tigers also recorded second-place finishes in both the 4x200m relay and the shuttle hurdle relay. The 4x200m relay team of Charles Allen, Jacey Harper, Shawn Crawford and Anthony Moorman finished in a time of 1:22.52. TCU was the top team in the event going 1:19.67 for the trophy. In the shuttle hurdle relay, Sultan Tucker, Allen, Ian Potter and Todd Matthews teamed to run 55.47, just .10 seconds behind Arkansas, which took the gold in a time of 55.37.

Matthews finished third in the 110m hurdles running 13.95. South Carolina’s Terrence Trammel won the event in a time of 13.34 and Florida’s Stephen Jones was second in a time of 13.91.

Crawford Improves Mark in 100 Meters

Senior Shawn Crawford and sophomore Todd Matthews improved their respective times in the 100m and 110m high hurdles at the Georgia Tech Invitational May 19-20 in Atlanta, GA.

Crawford, who had the ninth-fastest time in the preliminaries after pulling up at the wrong line, sprinted to a second-place finish in the 100m final in a time of 10.16. Tim Montgomery, competing for Sprint Capital, won the event in a time of 10.03 seconds. Crawford’s time bettered his previous season-best effort of 10.18, which was tied for 11th-best nationally. With this improvement, he now ranks among the top-10 collegians and will be seeded accordingly for the NCAA Championships. Crawford was easily the winner in the 200m, finishing in a time of 20.30, just .01 seconds behind his fastest time this year. Montgomery was second in the 200m, crossing the line in 20.56.

Matthews improved his season-best time in the preliminaries of the 110m high hurdles. He finished 10th, but ran 13.80, besting his previous best by .01 seconds. He ran 10.81 at the Clemson Relays on March 18. In the finals, Matthews again finished 10th (14.01) just in front of teammate Sultan Tucker, who was 11th (14.04).

Tigers Finish 10th at NCAA Indoors

In a photo finish, Clemson senior Shawn Crawford broke the American record and won the national championship in the 200m to lead Clemson to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships March 10-11.

In a tight race with John Capel of Florida, Crawford finished the race in 20.252, followed by Capel in 20.257, to win the second national championship of his career. Crawford won the event two years ago as a sophomore. The time broke the American record of 20.32 held by Rohsaan Griffin and Kevin Little.

In the preliminaries of the event, Crawford recorded a time of 20.33, breaking the previous collegiate record of 20.36 set by UTEP’s Obadele Thompson in 1996. Crawford finished fourth with a time of 6.67 in the 60m dash, earning his second All-America citation of the meet. Tiger junior Sultan Tucker placed eighth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.97 to earn All-American honors.

Freshman David Collins placed 18th in the event with a time of 6.82. In the 400m, sophomore Ato Modibo failed to advance to the finals after placing 15th with a time of 47.33. After a bad start, Modibo was unable to recover in his race. The Tiger 4x400m relay team of Charles Allen, Otto Spain, Crawford and Jacey Harper placed 10th with a time of 3:11.52 to conclude the meet.