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Lady Tiger Track & Field Claims First at Clemson Invitational

Lady Tiger Track & Field Claims First at Clemson Invitational

April 8, 2006


Clemson, SC – The Lady Tiger track & field team scored 280 points and finished first in the team totals at the Clemson Invitational. A total of three athletes posted regional-qualifying marks on Saturday, including two throwers from Clemson.

Randi Hinton was runner-up in the 100m dash with a time of 12.06, while Tonya Nwankwo was 12th in 27.22 seconds. In the 400m, Ope Sobanjo was fourth after posting a time of 1:00.66.

Patrice McMillan won the 800m with a time of 2:13.18, her outdoor best this season. She held off Thea Dix, who was runner-up in 2:14.01. Caroline Rash (2:29.45), Casey Phillips won the 1500m run with a time of 4:50.56, which was her season-best performance in that event. Ashley Robinson was third in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 12:16.36.

Lauren Marriott came home sixth in 20:28.48.

Clemson claimed the top two spots in the 100m hurdles. Renata Miyamoto was runner-up in 14.27 seconds. Tia Perry finished third in that event in 1:03.82, while Sobanjo was sixth at 1:08.96.

The Lady Tigers’ 4x100m relay team of Miyamoto, Hinton, Hill, and Hardy edged Western Carolina’s B team for first with a time of 46.90 seconds. The team of Hinton, Hill, Miyamoto, and Sobanjo finished first in 3:48.25 in the 4x400m relay, two spots ahead of the Clemson B team of Dix, Johnson, Rash, and McMillan (3:57.80).

Miyamoto was runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 18’1″. Michelle Rogers (40’0.5″), Barringer (37’5.25″), and Nwankwo (36’7″); giving the Lady Tigers the top four spots in that event. Anni Korhonen claimed the high jump title after clearing 5’5″. Katie Farnan of Clemson also competed in that event; she was fifth overall at 5’3″.

Beth Jordan claimed a fifth-place finish in the pole vault after clearing a season-best 10’11.75″. In the discus, Krystal Woods with a mark of 137’6″. Della Clark also competed and was seventh at 114’10”. Clark won the shot put with a throw of 42’11.5″, while Porter was seventh at 33’11.5″.

Clark and Allison Bradshaw (149’11”) was fifth and Porter (127’8.5″) was 11th.

Woods claimed the event title in the javelin throw after posted a mark of 134’8″ in the finals of that event. It was her first event title this season. Rochelle Kokayko and Rachel McLaurin also competed in that event for Clemson. Freshman thrower Kokayko was ninth with a throw of 89’0″, while McLaurin was 10th at 79’5.5″.

The Lady Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 15 to host the Solid Orange Classic at the Rock Norman Track & Field Complex.

Team Scoring 1. Clemson 280 pts 2. Western Carolina 149 pts 3. East Carolina 100 pts 4. Howard 67 pts 5. The Citadel 56 pts 6. VMI 25 pts