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Apr 20, 2019

Fraley, Stona Sweep Discus Titles at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. – For the second time this season, discus throwers Veronica Fraley and Roje Stona claimed victory for Clemson in the same meet. The freshman duo swept discus titles Saturday at LSU’s Alumni Gold at the Tigers’ Bernie Moore Track Stadium. Fraley and Stona also both won the event at Clemson’s outdoor season opener, the Yellow Jacket Invitational (March 16), in Atlanta.


Fraley rewrote her own freshman record – as well as the program’s No. 2 all-time mark – in the event Saturday with a best fling of 52.90m (173-7) on her fifth attempt of the day. Fraley’s victory is also the second of her career. Her mark of 52.90m would stand as the fifth-best throw in the ACC, entering the weekend.


Stona has now won the discus in three of his first four collegiate meets. Stona, like Fraley, registered his best effort on his fifth throw of the day as the disc flew for 57.34m (188-1), before touching ground. Coming into the weekend, Stona’s PR of 61.22m (200-10), which he achieved at Florida Relays, stood at No. 1 in the ACC and No. 5 in the NCAA.

Men's Highlights

  • Sophomore Deonte Tolbert continued to display his consistency in the 400m dash, turning in his second-best time of the season – 46.64 – to place seventh overall in Saturday’s A-Section.
  • In the 110mH, LaFranz Campbell also clocked his second best. Campbell lunged across the finish line at 13.68 (+2.6w) to place fifth overall.
  • Grant Voeks earned the bronze in the shot put with a best throw of 17.92m (58-9.5) on his second attempt. Entering Saturday, Voeks ranked fifth in the ACC and 20th on the east qualifying list with a career best heave of 18.03m (59-3.5).
  • Joe Cline achieved his personal best in the hammer throw. On his final toss of the day, Cline threw for 52.44m (172-0), just a meter shy from cracking the Tigers’ top-10 list.

Women's Highlights

  • Rebekah Smith nearly matched her season and team-leading best in the 100m dash. Smith clocked 11.37 – her second-best time in the event so far this season. The junior placed fourth overall among collegiate competitors.
  • Aliyah Mallard ran her PR of 54.96 seconds in the 400m dash. Mallard’s time is good for third on the team this season.
  • Andrea Foster almost tied her season best of 2:06.69. Foster ran 2:07.33 and placed third among collegiate finishers. Kamryn McIntosh (2:08.46) placed fifth among collegiate competitors.
  • Markeeta Thomas ran her season best in the women’s 400mH with a time of 59.99 seconds. Thomas’ time is good for second on the team so far this season as she remains in good standing for the East Prelims.
  • Kenya Livingston (1.68m/5-6) achieved her outdoor personal best in the high jump. Livingston placed sixth overall.
  • Janell Fullerton threw for her personal best – 14.94m (49-0.25) – in the shot put. Fullerton remains put at No. 5 all-time in the event and placed third overall.

Head Coach Mark Elliott

“Today was a pretty good day,” said Clemson head coach Mark Elliott. “A few people had some aches and pains, so once we got here we decided not run them, but that allowed us to give a lot more people an opportunity to compete. With us going into the conference championship in a few weeks, it gave us a chance to see where our depth is. We had some good performances, including Markeeta [Thomas], Aliyah [Mallard], LaFranz [Campbell], and of course big PRs in the throws.”

Up Next

Clemson heads to the 125th historic Penn Relays (April 25-27) at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, where the Tigers will look to defend their women’s sprint medley relay (SMR) title.

Saturday's Results

Men’s 100m (A section)
— Marcus Parker, DNS

Men’s 100m (B section)
13. Alex Sands, 10.77
— Fabian Hewitt, DNS

Women’s 100m (A section)
2. Rebekah Smith, 11.37

Women’s 100m (B section)
13. Sarah Hill, 11.95
16. Zeniyah Lawrence, 12.06

Men’s 200m (A section)
15. Alex Sands, 21.37

Women’s 200m (A section)
11. Rebekah Smith, 23.84
14. Sarah Hill, 24.30

Men’s 200m (B section)
— Fabian Hewitt, DNS

Women’s 200m (B section)
25. Zeniyah Lawrence, 24.95 (+4.2w)

Men’s 400m (A section)
Deonte Tolbert, 46.64; third collegiate finisher

Women’s 400m (A section)
15. Aliyah Mallard, 54.96; personal best

Women’s 800m (A section)
4. Andrea Foster, 2:07.33
6. Kamryn McIntosh, 2:08.46

Men’s 800m (A section)
4. Oliver Lloyd, 1:51.95
6. Malik Epps, 1:52.47
— John Lewis, DNS

Men’s 1500m (B section)
4. Colt Griffith, 4:00.69
11. Daniel Shaughnessy, 4:04.36

Women’s 1500m (A section)
10. Liz Sauder, 4:47.85; personal best

Women’s 1500m (B section)
2. Josie Wirtz, 4:48.06; personal best

Women’s 100mH (A section)
10. Sidney Marshall, 13.45 (+2.8w); all-conditions season best
15. Ebony Williams, 13.91

Men’s 110mH (A section)
5. LaFranz Campbell, 13.68; third collegiate finisher

Men’s 110mH (B section)
15. Juwan Augustine-Mayers, 15.19

Women’s 400mH (A section)
8. Markeeta Thomas, 59.99; season best
— Lakeisha Warner, DNS

Women’s 400mH (B section)
3. Courtashia Felton, 1:01.88
13. Olivia Cooney, 1:04.63; season best
19. Anna Brewer, 1:05.49; season best

Men’s 3000m Steeplechase
4. Michael Smith, 9:30.24; personal best

Women’s 4x100m Relay
6. Sarah Hill, Rebekah Smith, Zeniyah Lawrence & Aliyah Mallard, 45.63

Men’s 4x100m Relay

Women’s 4x400m Relay
6. Kendra Clarke (split 51.01), Ebony Williams, Andrea Foster & Aliyah Mallard, 3:38.51;

Men’s 4x400m Relay
6. Deonte Tolbert (44.41 split), Oliver Lloyd, Alex Sands & Malik Epps, 3:11.65

Men’s High Jump
— Anthony Hamilton, DNS

Women’s High Jump
6. Kenya Livingston, 1.68m (5-8); outdoor season best … No. 1 in ACC among freshman

Men’s Long Jump Invitational
8. Chris McBride, 7.30m (23-11.5)

Women’s Triple Jump Invitational
7. Harleigh White, 12.17m (39-11.25)

Men’s Triple Jump Invitational
5. DJ Ledell, 15.24m (50-0)

Men’s Shot Put
3. Grant Voeks, 17.92m (58-9.5)
— Zico Campbell, Foul

Women’s Shot Put
3. Janell Fullerton, 14.94m (49-0.25); personal best … remains No. 5 all-time
5. Veronica Fraley, 14.37m (47-1.75)
10. Grayce French, 13.49m (44-3.25); season best

Men’s Discus
1. Roje Stona, 57.34m (188-1); second collegiate discus win
— Zico Campbell, Foul

Women’s Discus
1. Veronica Fraley, 52.91m (173-7.25); No. 2 all-time
6. Grayce French, 45.72m (150-0); No. 8 all-time

Men’s Hammer
11. Joe Cline, 52.45m (172-1); personal best by more than two meters

Women’s Hammer
10. Danielle Little, 49.12m

Men’s Javelin – 3:30pm
9. Dylan Ahrens, 57.14m (187-6); qualified for finals, but passed on final three attempts


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