Jan. 16, 2007
Clemson’s women’s track & field team has added three mid-year international student-athletes, Head Coach Marcia Noad has announced. The three student-athletes took part in their first competition with the Lady Tigers last weekend at the Kentucky Invitational.
“These mid-year enrollees will add to an already strong squad,” Noad said. “As their initial results show, they are all national caliber athletes in their respective events. These ladies are the boost that our team needs to move toward a championship.”
Chief among those initial results was the first-place finish and NCAA provisional qualifying effort of Patricia Mamona in the triple jump last weekend. After just one meet, she has moved into fifth-place in school history on the indoor triple jump marks list. Mamona, who hails from Lisbon, Portugal, holds the Portuguese junior records in the indoor 60m hurdles and long jump and outdoor records in the 100m hurdles, long jump, and triple jump. She made quite an impression on assistant coach Glenn McAtee during an international recruiting period.
“I saw Pat jump at the World Junior Championships in Beijing,” McAtee said. “She finished fourth against a very strong field. I was impressed with her technical development and also with her bounding ability. She reminds me a lot of Gisele Oliveira (Clemson All-American, 2002-05).”
Linda Buchholz is one of two German multi-event athletes who have joined the 2007 Clemson squad. A native of Bad Segeberg, she competed at the Kentucky Invitational last weekend in the long jump.
“Linda did not compete in the multi-events last year because she was finishing her demanding high school load,” McAtee said. “I feel like her personal best in the heptathlon is going to improve as she gets back into the swing of training. She is a good fit for us, since she can also score at the conference level in the javelin and high jump.”
Liane Weber won the long jump over the weekend at the Kentucky Invitational. A native of Wangen, Germany, she holds impressive credentials as a multi-event athlete. She was seventh in the heptathlon at the Under-20 European Championships in 2005.
“She is a great javelin thrower and long jumper, and can score in both those events at the ACC level,” McAtee said. “She is already a national level heptathlete and it is a great for her and Linda to train together at Clemson.”
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