May 13, 2006
Atlanta, GA – The Clemson men’s track & field team completed competition at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Saturday from the George C. Griffin Track Complex. Five Tigers posted regional-qualifying marks, including two for the first time this season. Lydell Perry joined Roy Cheney and Brent Hobbs as regional qualifiers in the high hurdles. Andy Porter also hit a regional mark for the first time in his career, as he posted a time of 52.32 in the intermediate hurdles. The two newest qualifiers give Clemson 13 for the East Region Championships, which will be held in two weeks. The Tigers’ 4x100m relay team also has qualified for regionals.
Travis Padgett set a personal best by running a 10.28 in the prelims of the 100m. His previous best had been 10.34, which he accomplished earlier this season on the same track. He did not compete in the final by choice. Cowin Mills hit a personal best in the 400m with a time of 47.57, which topped his previous best set last weekend at the Orange & Purple Classic. Mills was also 17th in the 200m with a time of 21.58.
Lydell Perry and Roy Cheney finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in the 110m hurdle prelims. Perry posted a time of 14.41, while Cheney ran 14.48. In the finals, Perry hit his regional-qualifying mark of 14.29 seconds. Porter finished 13th to lead Clemson in the 400m hurdles. Cheney ran a 53.12 to finish 18th, while Rashad Gardner (53.95) finished 26th out of 39 competitors.
Brian Knapp finished 18th out of 66 runners in the 800m. He posted a time of 1:52.24, putting him short of the regional mark in that event. Itay Magidi also competed Friday in that event, finishing 24th overall with a time of 3:54.98. Magidi will participate in the 3000m steeplechase at the East Region Championships. Reilly ran the steeplechase for Clemson on Friday, finishing seventh with a season-best time of 9:36.13.
Jason Bell hit his fourth regional-qualifying mark of the season in the triple jump, as he finished second with a mark of 50’10”.
Danny Alge finished eighth in the hammer throw against some top-notch competition. The recent graduate posted a mark of 195’10”. He will compete in his second straight NCAA Regional in two weeks.
The Tigers’ regional qualifiers will return to action on May 26-27 at the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, NC.
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