March 29, 1998
GAINESVILLE, Fla.– The Clemson men’s track and field team came back from the Florida Relays with six NCAA qualifying times and set two new Florida track records.
In the 200m Invitational dash sophomore All-American Shawn Crawford, from Van Wyck, SC, won the event with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 20.46. This is a new Florida track record and places him fifth in the school record books. Crawford also claimed the 100m invitational dash running a provisional qualifying time of 10.34.
Clemson’s top hurdlers, seniors Jeremichael Williams and Greg Hines finished well in their events. In the 110m hh invitational Williams took second place with a time of 13.79, which is a NCAA provisional time, while Hines finished fourth hurdling a time of 13.95. He also provisionally qualified. Hines also competed in the 400m hurdle invitational claiming sixth with a provisional time of 50.81.
Fellow senior hurdler Aaron Haynes ran to a third place finish in the open section of the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.94. He, too, has provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships.
In distance running junior Esteban Diaz won his event the 1,500m run running a time of 3:46.66.
The Tiger relay teams also dominated this weekend. The 4x200m relay team of Carlton Chambers, Charles Allen, Shawn Crawford and Kenny Franklin took second and set a new Clemson school record when they ran 1:22.83. Their time replaces the old one set by Gerard Alexander, Tony Wheeler, Enayat Oliver, and Shawn Thomas in 1995 which was a time of 1:23.19.
The 4x110m shuttle hurdle relay team ran a time of 56.17 which put them first in the event. The team of Sultan Tucker, Jeremichael Williams, Tony Washington and Greg Hines set a new Florida school record and just missed the old Clemson school record by .09 seconds. The time of 56.08 was set in 1997 by Greg Hines, Aaron Haynes, Marcus Phillips, and Jeremichael Williams and is still the fastest collegiate time in the country in that event.
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