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Feb 22, 2019

McBride Captures Second Career ACC Long Jump Title

Check out some of the best moments from Friday's action

Photos by Patrick Boling & Mary Alexander, Clemson Athletic Communications

Results (PDF) // Saturday’s Start List

BLACKSBURG, Va. – In his first championship meet since having season-ending knee surgery last year, Clemson senior Chris McBride took home the gold medal in the men’s long jump Friday at the 2019 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships. McBride flew for 7.82m (25-8) on his first leap of the day out of flight No. 2 to rewrite his own program record of 7.79m (25-6.75), which he set in 2017. With the win, McBride takes home Clemson’s fifth-ever indoor long jump title on the men’s side. McBride accounted for 10 of Clemson’s 15 points on the day.

“For being out for a year with a major knee surgery, for a jumper to come back and jump 7.82m, it just shows the hard work and how persistent he is,” said Clemson Track & Field head coach Mark Elliott. “He just makes us all look really good, so I’m really happy for him.”

In addition to McBride, the Tigers had a stellar day on the track. In an afternoon that was jam packed with preliminary events on the track, with the exception of Friday’s 5,000m finals, Clemson saw a combined 10 runners qualify for Saturday’s finals. Most notably, Rebekah Smith qualified for both the women’s 60m and 200m dashes, which means Clemson has the opportunity to score in a combined 11 events on the track Saturday.

Preliminary Qualifiers

PlaceNameEventTime/MarkHeat (pl)
2.Rebekah SmithWomen’s 60m7.271 (1)
4.Marcus ParkerMen’s 200m21.227 (2)
6.Alex SandsMen’s 200m21.296 (2)
3.Rebekah SmithMen’s 200m23.725 (1)
4.Deonte TolbertMen’s 400m47.281 (1)
2.John LewisMen’s 800m1:50.621 (2)
3.Kamryn McIntoshWomen’s 800m2:08.181 (1)
4.Logan MorrisWomen’s Mile4:42.862 (1)
2.LaFranz CampbellMen’s 60mH7.833 (1)
5.Sidney MarshallWomen’ 60mH8.262 (2)
8.Ebony WilliamsWomen’s 60mH8.392 (3)

The men secured their first points of the day by tallying five in the men’s high jump as sophomore and newcomer Anthony Hamilton achieved his personal best, clearing a height of 2.13m (5-11.75) on his second attempt at that height. His fourth-place finish earns him Second Team All-ACC honors, which makes him Clemson’s first all-conference recipient in the high jump since Torian Ware in 2014 on the men’s side.

In the cage, sophomore Danielle Little PR’d by more than a full meter to move from to No. 6 to No. 4 all-time in Clemson history. Little threw for 19.10m (62-8) on her third toss of the day in flight No. 1. Little was in second place entering Friday’s finals, but ended up finishing in ninth behind a flurry of nationally-ranked ACC throwers.

In addition to Clemson’s 11 finals events on the track, the Tigers will look to score in the women’s shot put (noon), women’s triple jump (noon), men’s triple jump (2:30 p.m.) and the men’s shot put (2:30 p.m.). The first event on the track will feature Clemson’s Logan Morris in the women’s mile, which is slated for 1 p.m.

ACC Network Extra picks up coverage beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Live results can be accessed on ClemsonTigeres.com.

“I think overall, we had a pretty good day on both sides. We have quite a few people in the finals tomorrow. We just got to hit, but again, I think overall it was a pretty good day for both teams.”

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