Sept. 17, 2007
Clemson, SC – The men’s track & field schedule was announced Monday by Head Coach Bob Pollock. The Tigers will begin indoor season at home with the Clemson Opener, which is scheduled for November 30 and December 1.
Clemson returns six student-athletes that have previously earned All-America honors at least once, including 2007 national 60m champion C.J. Spiller each have one All-America certificate.
The indoor season will be highlighted by three home events, including the JRF Multi-Event Challenge on January 25-26. Clemson’s men will also travel to Blacksburg, VA for a meet in January and February. The Tigers will return to the Carolina Invitational in Chapel Hill, NC for the second straight year. It will serve as host site for the ACC Indoor Championships in 2008.
“We’re excited about the meet at North Carolina,” Pollock said. “It will give our guys a glimpse of the ACC Championships facility, which is good for us since we don’t train there.”
The Tigers will also return to the Tyson Invitational in 2008, host venue for the NCAA Indoor Championships as well. Last season, Ford won the 60m collegiate title at the meet. That meet will be held February 15-16 at the Randal Tyson Center this season.
“Tyson is a meet with great competition,” Pollock said. “If you want to be the best, you have to compete against the best. We’re excited about that meet as well.”
The ACC Indoor Championships will be held in Chapel Hill, NC from February 28 through March 1. The indoor national championships are scheduled for March 14-15 in Fayetteville, AR.
The outdoor season gets underway with the Clemson Relays on March 22. The Tigers will host three meets during the outdoor season as well. The Clemson Invitational will be held April 5 and Solid Orange Classic on April 11-12. Clemson will also compete in a pair of meets at Georgia Tech, which will serve as good preparation for the ACC Championships. The outdoor conference meet will be held in Atlanta on April 17-19. Clemson will again compete in the Penn Relays in 2008, which is scheduled for April 25-26 in Philadelphia, PA.
“Our outdoor schedule helps prepare us for the level of competition we will see not only at the ACC Championships, but also at Regionals,” Pollock noted.
However, the host site for the East Region Championships (May 30-31) has yet to be determined. The NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held in Des Moines, IA this season at the campus of Drake University. Pollock has previous experience with the facility that will serve as host to the NCAA national meet.
“I have been to Drake a couple of times,” he said. “I first went while I was an assistant coach at the University of Georgia. In my first year at Clemson (1989), we won the 4x800m relay at the Drake Relays. So I have some familiarity with the host site.”
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