Jan. 30, 2000
JOHNSON CITY, TN – The Clemson men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed in the Sprint Invitational at East Tennessee State this weekend. The men’s distance medley relay team placed first out of 15 teams with a time of 10:00.25.
Freshman Jacey Harper finished eighth among all collegiate runners with a time of 6.89 in the 60m dash and fifth among collegiate athletes at 21.79 in the 200m. In the consolation finals, Harper was fifth in the 60m (6.92) and fourth in the 200m (21.89).
Sophomore Todd Matthews was 16th in the 200m (22.38), and junior Tony Washington was 18th in the 400m (50.21). Two Tigers placed among the top ten collegiate finishers in the 800m. Sophomore Mike Connelly was seventh with a time of 1:54.06, and sophomore Ryan Demers placed 10th with a time of 1:54.70. Sophomore David Abel finished 27th in the mile run with a time of 4:29.85.
Senior Steve Alexander placed eighth in the 3000m run, recording a time of 8:36.47. Freshman Scott Shaw placed ninth in the event with a time of 8:38.99. Sophomore Clay Wiggins was 15th in the 5,000m, finishing the race in 15:37.41.
In the 60m hurdles, four Clemson runners finished in the top 16. Sophomore Ian Potter was ninth at 8.27, and sophomore Todd Matthews was 12th at 8.29. Sophomore Mark Jellison finished 15th (8.35), and Washington was 16th (8.36). In the consolation finals, Potter finished fourth with a time of 8.37.
Sophomore Doug Ameigh placed fourth in the high jump with a mark of 6’8 3/4″, while freshman Malcolm Reynolds was ninth in the event at 6’6 3/4″. In the pole vault, junior Andy Giesler placed ninth (15’1), and sophomore Matt Kennedy was 10th (14’7 1/4″). In the Invitational section of the event, sophomore Ryan Lewis placed second with a mark of 16’6 3/4″, and junior Benjamin Hess was fourth with a mark of 16′ 3/4″. Giesler also placed fourth with a throw of 46’9″ in the shot put.
For the women’s team, sophomore Kyana Elder finished third in the preliminaries of the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.50 then placed sixth with the same time in the finals. Junior Nyjla Littlejohn placed seventh in the event at 8.77, then finished fifth in the consolation finals at 8.67. The Tigers’ 4x400m relay team placed second with a time of 3:45.10.
Freshman Marcia Smith placed seventh with a time of 56.67 in the 400m. Junior LaShonda Cutchin was ninth in the event with a time of 57.18.
Junior Shannon Schoppman was the 17th-place finisher in the 800m (2:21.26), and freshman April Brunson was 25th in the event (2:23.65). Schoppman placed fifth in the mile run with a time of 5:12.51, while senior Anne Stowell was eighth in the event at 5:14.03. Senior Beth Ahern placed fifth in the 3,000m with a time of 10:15.70.
In the field events, freshman Joana Costa placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 1’5 3/4″. The meet was her first of the season. Freshman Sarah Ellis placed sixth in the event with a mark of 8’11 3/4″. Sophomore Sheri Smith finished 13th in the triple jump with a mark of 37’6 3/4″.
The Clemson teams will compete in against Baylor, Florida and LSU in Gainesville, FL, next weekend.
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