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Mar 11, 2023

Roberts Claims 60 Meter Hurdles Championship on Final Day of Nationals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On the final day of the 2023 NCAA Indoor National Championship Meet, Giano Roberts became the first male Tiger to ever win a National Championship in the 60 meter hurdles. He ran a personal-best and school-record 7.55 seconds to claim the title.

Roberts is the first Clemson man to win an indoor national title since Miller Moss won the heptathlon in 2011, and the first Tiger since Natoya Goule in 2015 who won the 800 meters. The senior is now a three-time All-American in the event, and a seven-time All-American in total.

While the hurdler stole the headlines for the day, he was not the only Tiger to make their way onto the podium. Kiara Grant began the day’s action by finishing eighth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.21 seconds and earned first-team All-American recognition.

Combined with Marie Forbes’s sixth place finish in the weight throw on Friday, the women’s team finished the meet with four points, good for 34th in the nation.

Tarees Rhoden was the first male Tiger to take to the track on Saturday. He finished fourth in 800 meter run with a time of 1:47.35 and found himself on the podium claiming first team All-American honors along with his fourth place trophy.

The men’s 4×400 meter relay of Wanya McCoy, Cameron Rose, Tarees Rhoden and Aman Thornton closed out the meet with a time of 3:05.20. The ACC-record holders in the event finished ninth at the national meet to earn the title of second team All-Americans.

The combined score of the men who placed was 15, which placed the men as the 15th team in the nation. It was the team’s highest points total since 2007 and its highest finish since 2008.

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