Jan. 28, 2006
Clemson senior Brent Hobbs posted an NCAA provisional qualifying effort by finishing in third place with 5,427 points in the Clemson Heptathlon on Saturday afternoon. His effort was a personal-best in the heptathlon. Maurice Smith (unattached) won the event for the third consecutive year with 5,896 points. Chris Helwick of Tennessee posted an NCAA provisional mark as well by finishing second overall with 5,644 points. Clemson red-shirt freshman Mike Feathers competed and finished sixth overall with 4,920 points, which is the fifth-best heptathlon mark in school history.
Hobbs’ effort on Saturday improved his standing of second place in Clemson’s heptathlon records. Only Ryan Koontz, who stood third in the standings after yesterday, did not complete the heptathlon due to an injury that occurred in Friday’s long jump competition.
Hobbs ran an 8.05 in the 60m hurdles, which was second-best among the 15 remaining heptathletes and also his best time of the year in that event. Feathers also ran strong in the hurdles, finishing in 8.60 for the fifth-fastest time overall. In the pole vault, Hobbs cleared 14’5.25″, which was the eighth-best height among the heptathletes. Feathers cleared 13’1.5″ in that event. In the 1000m run, Feathers ran 2:52.71, which was fourth-best in that event. Hobbs finished ninth with a time of 3:04.76.
The Tiger track & field team returns to action next weekend to take part in the Notre Dame Invitational from South Bend, IN.
Clemson Athletes Heptathlon Scoring (Final) 3. Brent Hobbs 5,427 points 6. Mike Feathers 4,920 points Ryan Koontz DNF
Clemson Individual Results 60m Hurdles – Hobbs (2)-8.05; Feathers (5)-8.60 Pole Vault – Hobbs (8)-14’5.25″; Feathers (11)-13’1.5″ 1000m – Feathers (4)-2:52.71; Hobbs (9)-3:04.76
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