March 9, 2006
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The Clemson men’s track & field program will travel to Fayetteville, AR to participate in the NCAA Indoor Championships held on March 10-11. Five student-athletes from Clemson have qualified for the national meet: Brent Hobbs, Ryan Koontz, and Adam Linkenauger.
The meet gets underway Friday morning at 9:00 with four of the seven heptathlon events. Multi-event athletes Hobbs and Koontz will be competing in the 60m dash, long jump, high jump, and shot put. Hobbs and Koontz are the first heptathletes to compete at the indoor meet since Rick Hill in 2004.
Corey Brown, who recorded the sixth-best time in the 60m this season, will compete in the prelims of that event at 6:15 PM. Brown, a red-shirt freshman from Charlotte, NC, is competing in his first-ever NCAA Championship. He hopes to become the fourth All-American in the 60m at Clemson since the 2000 season. Larry Griffin in 2003 was the last to earn the honor in that event. Should Brown advance to the final, that will be Saturday at 7:15 PM.
Also on Friday, pole vaulter Mitch Greeley will compete for the national title. The sophomore from Rock Hill, SC is the first-ever Tiger to compete in the indoor pole vault. He cleared 17’7″, a school record, at the ACC Championships two weekends ago in Blacksburg, VA.
On Saturday, the heptathlon will conclude with the 60m high hurdles, pole vault, and 1000m run. Those events are slated to start at 11:00 AM. Also on Saturday, high jumper Adam Linkenauger will compete for the national title for third straight indoor season. He hopes to earn his first All-America honor. The Fincastle, VA native has claimed three straight ACC titles in the high jump. That event will start approximately 4:45 PM on Saturday.
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