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Men’s Track & Field Heads to Penn Relays

Men’s Track & Field Heads to Penn Relays

April 25, 2007

The Clemson men’s track & field team will travel to Philadelphia, PA this week to compete in the 113th Penn Relays, held at the prestigious Franklin Field. Clemson is coming off a week in which it finished runner-up at the ACC Outdoor Championships in College Park, MD. Eleven student-athletes from Clemson are making the trip to compete.

Travis Padgett is the defending champion in the 100m dash, the first ever for Clemson at the prestigious meet. He ran a 10.42 a year ago in the finals of the event. He and Corey Brown are entered for the 100m dash this week. Prelims for the event will take place at approximately 3:10 PM Friday. The finals will be held Saturday. Both competitors will also run with the Tigers’ 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams. The heats for those events will be held Friday afternoon as well. Gwantaveus Anderson and Cowin Mills will complete both relay squads.

Itay Magidi is set to make his 2007 outdoor debut this weekend. He did not compete at last weekend’s ACC Championships and has not run in a collegiate competition since the NCAA Indoor Championships in early March. He is entered in the steeplechase championship, scheduled for 7:15 PM Thursday.

Andrew Porter will compete in the 400m hurdles at 9:00 AM Thursday. He finished sixth at ACCs in the event and owns a personal best time of 51.66 in the intermediate hurdles.

Clemson will enter a pair of student-athletes in both the high jump and pole vault. Four-time ACC champion Adam Linkenauger holds a personal best of 7’1.75″ in the outdoor high jump, which he accomplished last weekend in Maryland. He did not miss a jump in five attempts to win his fourth conference crown, the first-ever four-year sweep by an ACC high jumper. Ryan Koontz will also compete in the high jump, though not at the “championship” level like Linkenauger.

Mitch Greeley is scheduled for the “championship” pole vault Saturday at 2:00 PM. He earned his third outdoor All-ACC certificate last weekend with a season-best effort of 17’0.75″. Chris Spear will compete in Friday’s collegiate level pole vault, scheduled for 10:00 AM.

Jason Bell is entered in the triple jump for the Tigers as well. He was runner-up in the event last weekend at the ACC Championships. Bell’s season-best is 51’4.5″. He will compete Saturday at 2:00 PM as well.