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May 09, 2024

Forbes Named ACC Champion in Hammer, Tigers Kick-Off Conference Championships

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Clemson Tigers officially completed the first day of the ACC Outdoor Championships as the team impressed in the first round of events in Atlanta.

Headlining the day was Marie Forbes as she was crowned the 2024 ACC Women’s Hammer Throw Champion after throwing a new personal best of 67.03m in the event. The mark, which secured her first-place and earns her First Team All-ACC, also improves her No. 2 spot on the all-time list.

In the men’s hammer throw, Daniel Cope recorded a sixth place overall finish with a throw of 63.42m which earned him Second Team All-ACC. Helping secure points on the men’s side was Sawyer Dagan and Efram Melendez as they both finished in the top 8 in their events to help improve the Tigers overall score.

In the preliminary events, eight total Tigers advanced themselves to the finals as Clemson will have multiple athletes represented in the finals of the women’s 400 meter hurdles, the men’s 200 meters and the women’s 200 meters.

After the first day of events, the Clemson men are in fifth place overall with 5.33 points and the women are in sixth with 10 points. Competition is set to continue tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. with the men’s javelin throw. For all the most up-to-date information regarding Clemson track and field, visit and follow @ClemsonTrackXC on Twitter and Instagram.

Event-By-Event Breakdown

Men’s Track

  • 400 Meter Hurdles (prelims)
    • Theron Bradford – 54.97, 14th place
  • 200 Meters (prelims)
    • D’Andre Anderson – 20.78, 3rd place (Q)
    • Cameron Rose – 20.92, 6th place (Q)
    • Daniel Kidd – 21.29, 11th place (PB)
  • 1500 Meters (prelims)
    • Brandon Garcia – 3:52.59, 29th place
    • Nate Verska – 3:57.19, 37th place
  • 10,000 Meters
    • Sawyer Dagan – 29:53.76, 7th place

Men’s Field

  • Hammer Throw
    • Daniel Cope – 63.42m, 6th place (SB)
      • Second Team All-ACC
    • Matthew Auble – 54.37m, 14th place
    • Carlito Jones – 53.82m, 15th place (PB)
  • Pole Vault
    • Efram Melendez – 4.83m, 8th place (PB)

Women’s Track

  • 400 Meter Hurdles (prelims)
    • Ken’Naria Gadson – 57.56, 1st place (Q)
    • Jodi Ann Dixon – 58.77, 5th place (q)
    • Aysia Fingall – 1:01.54, 16th place (PB)
  • 200 Meters (prelims)
    • Antoinette Van Der Merwe – 23.38, 5th place (q)
    • Ockera Myrie – 23.42, 6th place (q)
    • Aleksandra Stoilova – 23.51m, 8th place (Q)
  • 1500 Meters (prelims)
    • Gladys Chepngetich – 4:15.08, 1st place (Q)(PB)
    • Silvia Jelelgo – 4:28.26, 16th place
    • Brynne Sumner – 4:30.16, 22nd place
    • Grace Hanratty – 4:42.74, 34th place

Women’s Field

  • Hammer Throw
    • Marie Forbes – 67.03m, 1st place (PB)
      • Champion, First Team All-ACC
    • Kendra Dye – 50.81m, 16th place
  • Javelin
    • Isabelle Klett – 41.32m, 9th place (PB)