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Men’s Track Qualifies 15 For ACC Finals

Feb. 16, 2001

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Clemson men’s track and field team is in fourth place after the first day of the 2001 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Clemson, which has won the last four consecutive conference indoor titles, qualified 15 different athletes for the finals to be held Saturday.

In the 60m hurdles, the Tigers swept the top three qualifying spots. Todd Matthews automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships with a preliminary-best time of 7.74 while Sultan Tucker recorded a provisional qualifying time of 7.81. Ian Potter was third in the qualifying round with a time of 7.94.

In the 60m dash, Jacey Harper recorded the fastest qualifying time with a mark of 6.81. Sultan Tucker also qualified for the finals with a time of 6.90 and Larry Griffin had a 6.86 as he also qualified for the finals.

The Tigers took four of the top qualifying spots in the 200m dash. Jacey Harper was the top performer with a time of 21.50 while Ato Modibo was second with a time of 21.55. Kai Maull posted a time of 21.75 and Otto Spain qualified in 21.87.

Clemson’s Ato Modibo recorded a provisional qualifying time of 46.77 in the 400m dash to lead the qualifiers while Otto Spain also advanced to the finals with a time of 47.70. Garrick Copes was the third qualifier for the Tigers with a time of 48.50.

Mike Connelly advanced to the finals of the 800m run with a time of 1:53.96 and Scott Shaw also qualified for the finals of the mile run with a time of 4:16.49.

In finals events run today, Jason Meany finished fourth in the 5000m with a time of 14:41.28 while Travis Alexander posted an 11th place finish (15:06.06). The distance medley relay team of Mike Connelly, Garrick Copes, Marcus Hodge and David Adams finished fourth with a time of 10:08.56.

In the field events, Matt Lombardi placed seventh in the shot put with a mark of 47’81/2″. Kai Maull posted a third-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 24’101/2″. Todd Matthews was 11th in the long jump (22’9″) and Brit Barrow was 12th with a mark of 22’5″.

The ACC Indoor Championships will conclude Saturday, February 17. The day’s events will begin at 10:00 am with the men’s 35 pound weight throw.

2001 ACC Men’s Indoor Results – Day 1 1. North Carolina (41) 2. Wake Forest (26) 3. Virginia (24) 4. NC State (19) 5. Clemson (18) 6. Florida State (11) 7. Duke (9) 8. Georgia Tech (7) 9. Maryland (1)