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Columbia, S.C. – The Clemson Track & Field teams concluded competition at the South Carolina Invitational by logging 11 top-5 finishes, 16 indoor personal bests and 18 season bests on Saturday. Marcus Parker and Anthony Hamilton were the lone individual event winners on the day, while the women’s Distance Medley Relay, comprised of Laurie Barton, Kamryn McIntosh, Andrea Foster and Mikie Harris, won the women’s section of the event.
Grant Voeks and Veronica Fraley established their names in school history by registering the second-best men’s shot put mark, and third-best women’s shot put mark in program history, respectively. Voeks, who already occupied the second position on the men’s list entering today, threw a mark of 18.93m (62-1.25) to finish second overall. Fraley broke the 16-meter barrier for the first time in her career, throwing 16.10m (52-10).
The throws group showed up today in a historic way, with two athletes earning all-time best marks. The throws group, headed by Assistant Coach Shawn Cobey, has been consistently excellent throughout the indoor season. With Fraley’s result today, Cobey has now coached two of the top three women’s indoor shot put athletes in Clemson history. Fraley produced another exquisite series of throws during Saturday’s competition, with five of her six attempts going beyond the 15-meter mark. Voeks continued to show his power and strength in the ring, unleashing a monster throw on his fifth attempt of the competition.
Reflecting on Saturday’s success…
“I think right now we’re really close to hitting some big numbers that are their goals. We’re still in a transition before we start to peak. The technique is still there, but the power and explosiveness will be coming around as we get ready for the championship part of the season.”
On what he’s seen in training leading up to the meet…
“I think our athletes are starting to freshen up a little bit. Early in the season, we were really heavy in the strength cycle and right now we’re starting to move to power and speed work, so things are starting to click more.”
Clemson will return to action at home next weekend to host the Tiger Paw Invitational, one of the nation’s top meets. The Tiger Paw Invitational will see some of the nation’s finest teams convene at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex on Feb. 14-15. The competition will start at noon on Friday, Feb. 14.
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Columbia, S.C. – The Clemson Track & Field teams concluded the first day of competition at the South Carolina Invitational with five top-five finishes, eight personal bests and 13 season bests. Devon Brooks was the star of the day, as Brooks ran 7.71 in the final of the men’s 60 meter hurdles to win the event and become the fourth-best performer in program history. Entering the day, Brooks’ time would have put him in a tie for the sixth-best result in the nation.
“I think day one went really well for our first away meet,” said Director of Track and Field Mark Elliott. “While most of our athletes are seasoned veterans, they started today off really well. With Laurie (Barton) running a personal best in the 400, it’s a good showing that she’s getting there. We then continued with the sprinters and Marcus (Parker) and Rebekah (Smith) ran really well… Devon (Brooks) had a huge PR in the hurdles and that just shows how excited we are for his future and his time here at Clemson.”
Elliott spoke about the team’s mentality heading into the second day of competition by saying, “Tomorrow’s a continuation off of today. We are looking for more marks to qualify for ACC’s and Nationals. If we have a day tomorrow like we did today, we will have a pretty good bus ride home!”
The Clemson Track & Field program will return to action tomorrow morning at the South Carolina Invitational with the women’s weight throw starting off the Tigers’ day of competition at 10 a.m.