Men’s Track And Field Heads To Orlando To Defend ACC Championship.

Men’s Track And Field Heads To Orlando To Defend ACC Championship.

April 18, 2001

Clemson will compete in the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday (Apr. 20-21). The meet will be held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports TM Complex in Orlando, FL. The championships are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The awards presentation will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday after the 4×400 meter relay.

Clemson At The ACC Championships Clemson is in search of its tenth ACC Outdoor Championship title. The Tigers have won nine Championships, including seven under current head coach Bob Pollock.

Clemson won its first title in 1980 under Sam Colson. The Tigers claimed their second championship in 1982 with 144 points, but shared that title with NC State. Clemson did not win another Championship until 1989, when it scored 148 points to edge NC State who finished with 146 points. In 1990 and 1991, the Tigers claimed their second and third consecutive titles. Clemson lost the 1992 Championships by half a point but rebounded to claim the 1993 title. The Tigers won the ACCs in 1997 with a school and conference-best 216 points. Clemson also won the Championships in 1998 and 2000.

Last Year At The ACC Outdoor Championships The Clemson Tigers claimed their ninth overall and second consecutive ACC outdoor title in 2000. Clemson tallied 179.33 total points to defeat Florida State, who was the runnerup with 132 points.

The Tigers had 17 athletes receive All-ACC accolades. Charles Allen, Doug Ameigh, Mike Connelly, Shawn Crawford, Andy Giesler, Jacey Harper, Mark Jellison, Ryan Lewis, Todd Matthews, Kai Maull, Jason Meany, Mark Mirabito, Ato Modibo, Anthony Moorman, Malcolm Reynolds, Fred Sharpe and Sultan Tucker were all-conference honorees after finishing in the top three in their respective events.

Shawn Crawford won the 100 and 200m dashes and received Most Valuable Performer accolades for his performance.

Todd Matthews won the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.91 and Fred Sharpe claimed the 400m hurdles title (50.73).

Malcolm Reynolds won the high jump with a mark of 6’10 3/4″ and Ryan Lewis cleared 16’4 3/4″ to win the pole vault.

The 4x100m relay team of Harper, Crawford, Allen and Moorman, claimed the ACC title with a time of 40.19.

Andy Geisler was the ACC champion in the decathlon, scoring 7254 points.

Clemson In The ACC Top Ten Four Tigers have posted the top times in the ACC this season and 23 Clemson track and field athletes are listed in the top ten in the ACC.

Sophomore Jacey Harper (Edinburgh, Trinidad) holds the top times in the 100m dash and the 200m dash. His time of 10.35 in the 100m dash and 20.96 in the 200m dash are the best in the league.

Junior Ato Modibo (Beltsville, MD) leads the conference in the 400m run with a time of 46.02. He is also third in the 200m dash with a time of 21.56.

Fellow junior Todd Matthews (Trenton, NJ) is the conference leader in the 110m hurdles with an automatic qualifying time of 13.65. Freshman Larry Griffin (Greenville, SC) is second in the 100m dash with a time of 10.59.

Senior Sultan Tucker (Glassboro, NJ) ranks second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.76. He is also fourth in the 100m dash (10.62).

Senior Tony Washington (Mt. Pleasant, NC) has the fourth-fastest time in the ACC in the 400m hurdles (52.24). Fellow sophomore David Collins (Philadelphia, PA) ranks fifth in the 100m dash with a time of 10.68.

Junior Mike Connelly (Winchester, VA) is sixth in the league in the 800m with a time of 1:51.70. of 47.85.

Junior Ian Potter (Marietta, GA) is fourth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.24.

Sophomore Jason Meany (Liverpool, NY) has the ACC’s fourth-best time of 14:27.63 in the 5000m run.

Freshman Shauntae Lovings (LaGrange, TX) ranks seventh in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.43.

Fellow rookie Matt Thompson (Gainesville, FL) is currently ninth in the 200m dash with a time of 22.04.

In the field events, sophomore Malcolm Reynolds (Lexington Park, MD)leads the conference with a mark of 7’2 1/2″ in the high jump.

Junior Doug Ameigh (Washingtonville, PA) is fourth (6’10 3/4″) in the high jump.

Freshman Terrance McDaniel (Gray Court, SC) ranks seventh with a mark of 6’8″ and is fourth in the triple jump (46’9″).

Junior Kai Maull (Lewes, DE) is ninth in the long jump with a mark of 22’10 1/2″.

Freshman Brit Barrow (Marietta, GA) is third in the triple jump with a mark of 48’5″ while senior Tony Lloyd (Mauldin, SC) ranks fifth (46’1 1/4″).

Senior Benjamin Hess (Clifton Park, NY) leads three Tigers in the pole vault with a third place ranking of 16’4 3/4″. Freshman Adam Klotzbach (Fairfield, OH) is sixth (16’3 1/4″) while senior Andy Giesler’s (Loveland, OH) mark of 15’9″ is eighth.

Giesler also leads the Tigers in the shot put, discus, javelin and decathlon. Giesler ranks sixth in the shot put with a mark of 51’2 1/4″ and is third in the discus (166’11”). He also is eighth in the javelin with a mark of 189’7″ and he is second in the decathlon with 7196 points.

Freshman Rick Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) ranks fourth in the decathlon with 6457 points.

Freshman Matt Lombardi (Seekonk, MA) ranks eighth in the shot put with a mark of 50′ and is tenth in the discus (154’6″).

Freshman David Schenek (Marietta, GA) and sophomore Brett Varner (Hixson, TN) are seventh (178’11”) and ninth (174’11″”), respectively, in the hammer. Schenek also ranks ningth in the discus with a mark of 155’3″.

Clemson’s 4x100m relay team of Tucker, Modibo, Harper and Griffin leads the ACC with a time of 40.11 while the Tigers’ 4x400m relay team of Harper, Thompson, Copes and Modibo ranks second with a time of 3:10.27.

Tiger Qualifiers Five Tigers have qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships to be held in Eugene, OR, May 29-June 2.

Two Clemson athletes are qualified in the 110m hurdles. Todd Matthews automatically qualified with a time of 13.65 at the Clemson Invitational. His time ranks fifth in the nation. Sultan Tucker is a provisional qualifier with a time of 13.76, also set at the Clemson Invitational. Tucker’s time is currently the 11th-best in the country.

Ato Modibo holds the 13th-best time in the nation with a mark of 46.02 in the 400m dash posted at the Charlotte Invitational.

Malcolm Reynolds is a provisional qualifier in the high jump. Reynolds’ mark of 7’2 1/2″ (2.20m) is fifth in the nation.

Andy Giesler is currently 15th in the nation in the decathlon with a provisional qualifying mark of 7196 points.

Tigers In The Record Books Four Tigers have either improved or entered Clemson’s all-time best list this season. Malcolm Reynolds, Andy Giesler, David Schenek and Brett Varner all rank among the Tigers’ all-time leaders. Reynolds’ mark of 7’2 1/2″ in the high jump ranks fourth all-time while Giesler’s mark of 166’11” in the discus is fifth on the all-time best list. Schenek and Varner both rank among the Tigers’ leader in the hammer. Schenek’s mark of 178’11” is the third-best while Varner’s mark of 173’7″ ranks fourth all-time.

Clemson Under Pollock Under head coach Bob Pollock, the Tigers have won seven of their nine ACC Outdoor Championships and have claimed 69 individual or relay conference championships. Pollock has received eight Coach of the Year honors, more than any other ACC coach since 1987.

In his first season with the Tigers, Pollock’s team claimed the 1989 ACC outdoor title. Clemson won two more consecutive titles (1990, 1991) before losing the 1992 Championship to North Carolina. The Tiger track and field team rebounded to win the 1993 title over North Carolina. Clemson finished third in 1994-1996 before the team claimed the 1997 and 1998 Championships. Last year, Clemson won its ninth title in Durham, NC, with 179.33 points.