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Feb 15, 2020

Meet Central: Tiger Paw Invitational

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Saturday Events

Saturday Recap

Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson Track & Field program concluded competition in the Tiger Paw Invitational on Saturday afternoon by earning five top-five finishes, eight indoor personal bests and 19 season bests.

Marcus Parker was the top Tiger on the day, as the senior from Phoenix, Ariz., set the track ablaze in the men’s 200 meters. Parker was the top finisher in the event, running a new indoor personal best of 20.70 to blow away the competition. The time now places Parker in the third position on the event’s all-time list at Clemson. Entering Saturday, the mark would have ranked third in the NCAA and would have been tied for third in the world.

Director of Track & Field Mark Elliott

On reflecting on the Tiger Paw Invitational…

“The effort was good. Marcus (Parker) topped the list. Now we have two weeks to prepare for the conference meet. The talent is there with the team, we just have to get everyone focused and hit it at the same time.”

Saturday Highlights

Group of the Meet: Women’s Distance

The women’s distance group capitalized on competing against the high-caliber competition by walking away from the weekend with a slew of personal bests and continued confidence that has been evident all season. The group, led by Head Cross Country Coach Vicky Pounds, has logged multiple personal bests every weekend and tallied six personal bests and nine season’s best over the two-day Tiger Paw Invitational. Logan Morris returned to the track for the first time this season in the women’s 3000 meters on Saturday and led a contingent of women to sizeable personal bests. The group, which operates with confidence and consistency, was exceptional this weekend when they had their chance.

Head Cross Country Coach Vicky Pounds

On the group’s performance over the weekend…

“Consistency has been a key thing for this group. They started the season all running huge personal bests, but what has been impressive is to see all the kids have stayed consistent across the board. Having our senior girls here, they’re happy to contribute and race and their leadership is great.”

On Logan Morris returning to the track…

“I was very impressed. I know it wasn’t easy, but I had to remind her this is just her starting point. It’s been pretty amazing, keeping her healthy and now getting her on the track. I expect to see her continue to get better and better.”

The Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex saw two facility records set on Saturday. Anavia Battle of Ohio State set the facility record in the women’s 200 meter dash with her time of 22.66. Jordan Scott of Tennessee set a facility record with his leap of 17.02 meters (55-10.25) in the men’s triple jump.

Clemson will look to conclude its regular season at a pair of meets next weekend. The team will send select athletes to the LSU Twilight on Feb. 21 and athletes to the JDL DMR Invitational on Feb. 21-22.

For complete coverage throughout the week of the Tiger Track & Field teams, follow @ClemsonTrackXC on Twitter and Instagram, and ‘Clemson University Track & Field’ on Facebook.

Friday Events

Friday Recap

Clemson, Campbell Deliver Strong Results on Friday

Clemson, S.C. – After the first day of action came to a close at the Tiger Paw Invitational, the Clemson Track & Field program earned a top-five finish in the women’s shot put, logged nine indoor personal bests and tallied 14 season’s bests. LaFranz Campbell was the star of the day for the Tigers, as the junior blazed down the runway in his semifinal heat of the men’s 60 meter hurdles, registering the fifth-best time in program history, 7.72, in the process.

Veronica Fraley was the lone Tiger to garner a top-five finish Friday, as Fraley tossed 15.86 meters (52-0.5) in the women’s shot put. The mark was hit on Fraley’s second attempt of the competition.

“I thought the day went extremely well, especially as it relates to our hurdlers,” said Director of Track & Field Mark Elliott. “With LaFranz earning a personal best, and Devon (Brooks) making a big-time final like this, it’s a good reflection on the direction they’re going… I’m happy with what we’ve put on the track today across the board.”

Friday Highlights

The Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex had two new facility records set on Friday. Grant Holloway ran 7.38 in the finals of the men’s 60 meter hurdles, breaking his former facility record of 7.42 which he set in 2018. Carey McLeod of Tennessee set the new facility record for the men’s long jump with his leap of 8.16 meters (26-9.25).

Clemson will return to action tomorrow morning at 11 a.m., as day two of the Tiger Paw Invitational starts with the women’s shot put, women’s high jump, men’s triple jump and men’s pole vault.

For complete coverage throughout the weekend of the Tiger Track & Field teams, follow @ClemsonTrackXC on Twitter and Instagram, and ‘Clemson University Track & Field’ on Facebook.

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