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May 24, 2019

Four Tigers Qualify for NCAA Championships Friday

Clemson 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championship Qualifiers (through Friday)

Photos by Patrick Boling, Clemson Athletic Communications

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –  Four Clemson Tigers in Rebekah Smith (women’s 100m), Lakeisha Warner (women’s 400mH), Roje Stona (men’s discus) and Grant Voeks (men’s discus) punched their tickets to the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday at the NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Florida. Smith, Warner, Stona and Voeks joined teammate and long jumper Chris McBride, who qualified for the national meet Thursday.

Stona, a freshman, stole the show for the Tigers, winning the men’s discus with a personal best of 61.36m (201-4) on his third and final attempt of the day. With his best mark, Stona re-wrote his own freshman record and remains No. 2 all-time in program history. Stona and Voeks, who also PR’d with a distance of 57.42m (188-5) to qualify for his first career NCAA championship, became Clemson’s first-ever discus duo to qualify for the national meet in the same year. Voeks placed tenth overall and second in flight 2.

Smith and Warner both punched their tickets in their respective events for the second straight year. Smith ran a season-best 11.30 and claimed the first non-automatic qualifying spot with a fourth-place finish in the third heat. Warner clocked her career best – 57.21 seconds – in the 400mH quarterfinals. The junior gained a solid start, holding a lead through the first 200 meters to propel her to a fifth-place finish in a competitive third section.

Additionally, Smith (200m), Marcus Parker (200m), Alex Sands (200m) and Ebony Williams (100mH) all qualified for Saturday’s quarterfinals in their respective events.

Up Next

The Tigers resume action at the 2019 NCAA East Prelims Saturday, May 25 with Voeks in the shot put at 2:45 p.m. On the track, both Clemson 4x100m relays are slated for the quarterfinals with the women competing first at 6 p.m.

NCAA track and field fans can watch live and on-demand coverage of the NCAA Division I East and/or West Preliminary Championships on FloTrack with a Pro subscription. Coverage of the preliminary competitions will be available May 23-25. To access the East Preliminary coverage please click here. To access the West Preliminary coverage, click here.

For more information regarding the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, including how to purchase tickets, log on to

Friday's Results

Women’s 100m Quarterfinals
9. Rebekah Smith, 11.30 (q); second straight appearance at NCAA Outdoor Championships in 100m … top non-automatic qualifier … season best

Women’s 400mH Quarterfinals
7. Lakeisha Warner, 57.21 (q); second straight appearance at NCAA Outdoor Championships in 400mH … personal best … remains No. 6 all-time

Men’s 200m First Round
17. Marcus Parker, 20.85 (q); placed fourth in heat No. 6
22. Alex Sands, 20.96 (Q); placed second in heat No. 1

Women’s 200m First Round
18. Rebekah Smith, 23.33 (q); season best
27. Aliyah Mallard, 23.60
32. Sarah Hill, 23.74

Women’s 100mH First Round
16. Ebony Williams, 13.39 (Q); placed third in heat No. 6
— Sidney Marshall, DNF

Men’s Discus
1. Roje Stona, 61.36m (201-4); Rewrote his own freshman record … remains No. 2 all-time
10. Grant Voeks; 57.42 (188-5); personal best … remains No. 5 all-time

Women’s Discus
Veronica Fraley, 50.45m (165-6)

Men’s Javelin
Dylan Ahrens, 60.20m (197-6)

Thursday's Results

Women’s 100m First Round
10. Rebekah Smith, 11.48 (Q); placed third in heat No. 5

Women’s 800m First Round
26. Kamryn McIntosh, 2:06.72
31. Andrea Foster, 2:07.36

Men’s 800m First Round
45. Malik Epps;, 1:53.03

Women’s 400mH First Round
24. Lakeisha Warner, 59.15 (Q); placed second in heat No. 2
— Markeeta Thomas, DNF

Men’s Long Jump
10. Chris McBride, 7.61m (24-11.75); advanced to NCAA Outdoor Championships … season best

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