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Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson Track and Field teams continued to rewrite the program’s top-10 rankings on Saturday, as five athletes across four events recorded marks that placed them amongst Clemson’s elite rankings. Andrea Foster and Marcus Parker ran the nation’s fastest times in the women’s 800m and men’s 200m, respectively. During the 2019-20 indoor campaign, Clemson athletes have already logged 14 performances that make them a part of their event’s top-10 list at Clemson.
Across all events on Saturday, the Tigers combined to record 22 season bests and 14 personal bests. Today’s performances bring the program’s tally to 43 season bests and 30 personal bests over the two-day Clemson Invitational.
“It was a great day and our kids performed and created the atmosphere for the meet. As I have said before, it doesn’t matter the size of the meet, it’s about how the kids compete. Being able to get in some top times nationally is always expected.”
The Tigers’ short sprints group has been on a tear throughout the early part of the season, as the group has consistently been re-writing the program’s record book and been dominant at the opening three meets. Leading the charge on the men’s side of the group has been Marcus Parker, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz., who broke the school record in the 300m (33.20) in the opening meet of the season and tied the nation’s leading time in the men’s 200m earlier today by running 20.84. On the women’s side, Sarah Hill and Rebekah Smith have been leading the charge. During the first day of competition at the Clemson Invitational, Smith was the first Tiger to cross the line in the women’s 60m, with Hill close behind. On Saturday, the roles were reversed as Hill led the way in the women’s 200m, running the third-best time in the country for the event, while Smith was just over a half-second behind. The group, headed by Assistant Coach Marvin Gibson, has started to stake its claim on the national scene with plenty of opportunity for improvement still to be had during the indoor campaign.
Assistant Coach Marvin Gibson:
“I liked the energy the group had today. I liked how our group responded to such a small meet this weekend. We’re going in the right direction, but we can’t settle here. We have to continue to get a little bit better each week. I love what I saw today from the group because whatever they were asked to do, they went out and did it.”
The Clemson Track and Field program will return to action on Jan. 24-25, as the team is slated to host the Bob Pollock Meet at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex.
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Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson Track and Field teams earned 15 top-3 finishes and four event victories during the first day of competition at the Clemson Invitational on Friday afternoon. Despite only five schools competing in the two-day meet, Clemson saw its athletes combine for 21 season-best results and 16 personal bests. The Tigers showed dominance in a range of events, with the team winning both distance medley relays, while Marcus Parker and Rebekah Smith were the first two Tigers to cross the line in the men’s and women’s 60m dash, respectively.
“It’s our first two-day meet of the season, and it’s a good thing to see everyone come out healthy. From the distance team’s perspective, they had a great day. The sprinters showed consistency from what they did last week during this week’s meet against lesser competition.”
The Clemson Track and Field team will return to competition tomorrow morning to continue the action at the Clemson Invitational, with the first field events starting at 11 a.m., while action on the track begins at 1 p.m.