Feb. 25, 2000
The Clemson Track and Field team traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia this past weekend, February 18th and 19th, and captured the fourth consecutive ACC Indoor Championship title and ninth overall in the last twelve years! Our Tigers have currently won sixteen ACC Championship titles (cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track), ranking our program as the winningest team in Clemson history. We established a new school record with 19 individual qualifiers who finished the meet scoring 168 points, a new school record! North Carolina placed second with 89 points, followed by NC State in third place at 86 points. Our Tigers qualified nine individuals for the NCAA Championships including four ACC Champions and 13 athletes earning All-Conference honors.
The Tigers were lead by All-American Shawn Crawford who electrified the crowd with a new American collegiate record in the 200-meter dash with a winning performance of 20.43 seconds. Crawford’s outstanding time ranks #1 in the country, new ACC record and new school record. Crawford returned to the track with another blazing performance in the 60-meter dash running the fastest time in the country at 6.56 seconds. He establishes a new ACC record and ranks second on Clemson’s All-Time list to former Tiger and two-time Olympian Michael Green who ran 6.55 seconds in 1993. Freshman David Collins earned All-ACC honors in the 60-meter dash placing second with a NCAA qualifying time of 6.70 seconds. All-American Ato Modibo earned All-ACC honors in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dash. Modibo ran a seasonal best of 21.36 in the 200-meter dash to finish third and ran a NCAA qualifying performance in the 400-meter dash (46.39) to place second. All-American Sultan Tucker ties his own ACC record in the 60-meter hurdles by winning the event in 7.79 seconds. Tucker’s performance qualifies him for the NCAA Championships and ranks third in the country. All-American Charles Allen ran an outstanding time in the 60-meter hurdles to earn All-ACC Honors. Allen’s performance of 7.85 seconds qualifies him for the NCAA Championships and ranks fourth on Clemson’s All-Time List.
Sophomore Fred Sharpe won the 800-meter title with a winning time of 1:51.79. Sophomore Mike Connelly followed closely behind earning All-Conference Honors with a time of 1:52.42 to place third overall. The 1-Mile Run featured Sophomore Ryan Demers who qualified in 4:08.39. Demers anchored the Tiger distance medley relay with a 4:11.03 for the 1600-meter leg that finished second in a time of 9:57.97. He returned to run the finals in the 1-Mile Run placing seventh in a time of 4:13.73.
The field events were highlighted by three Tigers qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. Sophomore Dough Ameigh earned All-ACC Honors clearing 7′-1″ in the high jump and qualifying for the NCAA’s. Sophomore All-American Kai Maull leaped 24′-9ľ” to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Maull placed second to earn All-ACC Honors and currently ranks third on Clemson’s All-Time List. Senior Bryan Williams also qualified for the NCAA’s with a 51′-6˝” performance in the triple jump to earn All-ACC Honors. Sophomore Keith Rzewuski placed third in the shot put (52′-8ľ”) to earn All-ACC Honors. The Tiger pole vaulters, Ryan Lewis and Ben Hess, vaulted 16′-3˝” to place fourth and fifth respectively.
The ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships was an exciting meet for all of our Tiger coaches, athletes, parents, and fans. Our team was extremely prepared both mentally and physically and I credit my assistant coaches, Charles Foster, Jarrett Foster, and Steve Brown. As coaches, we are very proud of our team’s accomplishments during the season and this weekend our Tigers competed in championship fashion. You can catch all the Tiger highlights from the ACC Meet, as it will be broadcast by Fox Sports South on Monday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The excitement and enthusiasm continues to build toward our next goal.NCAA Championships on March 10th and 11th. Our Clemson Tigers are crowned ACC Champions!!!!!
From Tiger Country, Bob Pollock Head Track & Cross County Coach
Final Team Results
1 CLEMSON 168 (New School Record)2 North Carolina 893 NC State 864 Florida State 755 Georgia Tech 656 Wake Forest 587 Duke 408 Virginia 319 Maryland 11
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