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Jun 18, 2021

Fraley Sets School Record, Four Tigers Compete Friday at U.S. Olympic Trials


EUGENE, Ore. — Four members of the Clemson track and field program competed during the first day of competition at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field on Friday. Veronica Fraley and Grace Barnett (’17) excelled in their events, as the two advanced out of the opening heat of their respective qualifying rounds.

Fraley was the star of the day for Clemson, as the native of Raleigh, N.C. set a new school record in the women’s discus by throwing 56.73 meters (186 feet, 1 inch) during the third round of qualifying. Fraley entered the meet as Clemson’s record holder in the event thanks to her toss of 56.70m (186-0) which she set earlier this season at the 53rd Tennessee Relays. During last week’s 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Fraley collected second-team All-America honors in the event.

Grace Barnett, a 2017 graduate from Clemson, easily advanced out of the first round of the women’s 1,500m after running 4:11.73 to earn the fourth-fastest qualifying spot ahead of Saturday’s semifinals. Barnett holds Clemson’s school record for the metric mile after having run 4:11.07 during the Tigers’ 2018 campaign.

Kameron Jones and Harleigh White were the final two Tigers to compete on Friday, as they contested the men’s 800m and women’s triple jump, respectively. Jones finished 19th overall in the 800m with a time of 1:48.86, while White finished 14th with a wind-aided mark of 13.03m (42-9).

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