June 8, 2012
Day Three Results: Running Events
DES MOINES, IA – Clemson got on the board in the team scoring at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a pair of top-eight finishes at Drake Stadium on Friday. Marlena Wesh was sixth in the 400-meter dash, while Alyssa Kulik took home seventh place in the 3000-meter steeplechase. The two combined to score five points on day three for the Tigers.
Wesh followed up a fifth-place indoor national finish with a sixth-place effort at the national meet. She ran out of lane eight and set a fast early pace, and then hung on for a time of 52.13. It was Clemson’s first-ever scoring effort at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the women’s 400 dash.
“I went out as hard as I could,” she said. “Off the curve, I didn’t see anybody and I tried to move my hands. I didn’t do as well as I wanted to do, but the wind was very strong. I made it to the final, and a lot of people can’t say that.”
Kulik earned a podium finish for a second straight year in the steeple. The Clemson graduate out of Simpsonville, SC got out front early, but shuffled to the middle of the pack a third of the way through the race. She posted a time of 10:07.54 in the final.
“I could never get in a good position, and by the time I did, it was too late,” Kulik said. “It was a bad race for me. I would’ve been upset if I hadn’t made it to the podium, but I’m definitely not satisfied with that race. I had a great season, and I still have the (Olympic) Trials coming up. I won’t wallow in self-pity.”
The Tigers close out action at the NCAA Championships with four events on Saturday. April Sinkler will compete in her final meet for the Tigers, with a 10:00 AM CDT start in the triple jump. The women’s 4×1 final will be at 11:10 AM, followed by the men’s 110 hurdles final at 12:07 PM and women’s 100 hurdles at 12:14. The action will be televised by ESPNU from 11 AM to 1 PM CDT, 12-2 EDT.
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