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Men’s Indoor Track & Field Team Second After First Day of ACCs

Feb. 18, 2000

BLACKSBURG, VA – The Clemson men’s indoor track and field team is in second place with 25 points following the first day of competition at the 2000 ACC Championships in Blacksburg, VA. North Carolina leads the meet with 31 points.

Sophomore Kai Maull (Lewes, DE) led the team with a second-place finish in the long jump, posting an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 24’9 3/4″ to earn All-ACC honors. Sophomore Mark Jellison (Reading, MA) placed seventh in the event with a jump of 23’3 1/4″, giving the Tigers 10 points in the long jump.

Sophomore Keith Rzewuski (Edison, NJ) placed third in the shot put with a throw of 52’8 3/4″, also earning all-conference honors. Junior Andy Giesler (Loveland, OH) finished eighth in the event with a mark of 48’1 1/4″, giving Clemson seven points in the shot put.

In the only other final of the day, the Clemson distance medley relay team of Mike Connelly, Otto Spain, Fred Sharpe and Ryan Demers finished second with a time of 9:57.97.

Five Tiger athletes reached the finals of the 60m dash. Senior Shawn Crawford (Van Wyck, SC) posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 6.56, breaking his own ACC record. Freshman David Collins (Philadelphia, PA) placed second in the trials with a time of 6.73, and sophomore Anthony Moorman (Roselle, IL) was fourth at 6.89. Freshman Jacey Harper (Edinburgh, Trinidad & Tobago) qualified in sixth place (6.84), and senior Charles Allen (Ontario, Canada) was eighth at 6.89.

Four Tigers qualified for the finals of the 60m hurdles. Junior Sultan Tucker (Glassboro, NJ) had the top qualifying time at 7.92, followed by sophomore Todd Matthews (Trenton, NJ) with a time of 8.02. Allen qualified in the number three spot with a time of 8.06, and sophomore Ian Potter (Spartanburg, SC) qualified seventh at 8.13.

Freshman Otto Spain (Columbia, SC) had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 400m (47.53), while sophomore Ato Modibo (Beltsville, MD) had the sixth-fastest time in the trials at 47.89. Sophomore Fred Sharpe (Woodbury, NJ) was second in the trials of the 800m with a time of 1:51.80, and sophomore Mike Connelly (Winchester, VA) finished seventh in the trials with a time of 1:53.40. All four athletes will compete in Saturday’s finals.

Sophomore Ryan Demers (Shapleigh, ME) was the top qualifier in the mile run. He posted a time of 4:08.39 to qualify for Saturday’s final. Senior Steve Alexander (Pickens, SC) finished 11th with a time of 4:15.21 in the event, missing the finals by .12 of a second.

Saturday’s events begin at 10 a.m. with the men’s weight throw competition. Running events begin at 1 p.m. with the Mile. The final event, the 4x400m, is set to begin at 4:15 p.m.