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Current, Former Tigers Compete Friday at USA Outdoor Championships

Current, Former Tigers Compete Friday at USA Outdoor Championships

June 22, 2007

Indianapolis, IN – Clemson had two current student-athletes and two former student-athletes compete Friday at the USA Outdoor Championships at Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Among those that competed, current sophomore Travis Padgett was 10th in the 100m dash.

Padgett raced in the second semifinal Friday, arguably the tougher of the two races. Tyson Gay, the world leader in the event, ran a 9.97 into a head wind. The top four advanced to the final, but Padgett placed sixth in the race with a time of 10.29. He was 10th overall, but did not advance to the final. It closes the book on a tremendous season for Padgett, the NCAA indoor champion in the 60m dash. He also earned two All-America accolades outdoors.

Shawn Crawford, who ran at Clemson from 1997-2000, competed in the first semifinal of the 100m dash Friday. He posted a time of 10.37 and was 12th in the field. He will also compete in the 200m dash Saturday.

George Kitchens, three-time ACC champion in the long jump, was one of 17 competitors Friday. He opened with a jump of 24’5.75″, which would prove to be his best among three preliminary jumps. He finished 14th and did not advance to the finals.

Alex Padgett, a freshman who red-shirted the 2007 season, competed in the junior nationals Friday. The Rock Hill, SC native had a mark of 179’5″ in the hammer throw, good enough for 11th place in a field of 21 competitors.