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Jun 30, 2021

Seven Tigers Compete at U.S. Olympic Trials

Seven Tigers Compete at U.S. Olympic Trials

Several Tigers both past and present competed in last week’s U.S. Olympic Trials. While none will be traveling to Tokyo to represent the United States, many put on personal-best performances that put them and Clemson’s program in the national spotlight.

Devon Brooks – Men’s 110m Hurdles

Brooks qualified for the semi-finals in the Men’s 110mH with his personal-best time of 13.45 seconds. The mark placed him fourth in a speedy heat No. 2 and landed him at No. 3 on Clemson’s all-time record board for the event. In the semi-final, Brooks ran a 13.55, good for 13th in the event. The McDonough, Georgia native finished 18th overall in the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the event. 

Marcus Parker – Men’s 200m

Parker’s 200m time of 20.63 was the fifth fastest in a talent-loaded heat No. 1, and earned him a spot in the semi-finals for the event. Parker ran 20.55 in Saturday’s semi-final round, which featured 11 athletes that had attained the Olympic standard time of 20.24 seconds. Parker finished in 14th overall. He was the 2020 200m ACC Champion and holds Clemson’s No. 6 all-time mark at 20.33 for the outdoor 200m event.  

Laurie Barton – Women’s 800m

Barton, who was the national runner in both the indoor and outdoor half mile, finished fifth in heat No. 1 in the first round of the women’s 800m. Her time of 2:02.54 was good for 22nd overall. One of just two collegiate competitors in her heat, Barton moved up two spots during the final 200 meters of the race.

Kameron Jones – Men’s 800m

Jones ran his 800m quarterfinal in 1:48.86, which landed him sixth in his heat. Jones’ time was just 0.37 seconds shy of securing a spot in the semi-final. Jones holds both the ACC Outdoor Championship meet record as well as the Clemson all-time record in the 800m with his time of 1:45.47.

Grace Barnett – Women’s 1500m

Former Tiger Grace Barnett ran a 4:11.73 in the women’s 1500m quarterfinals. Her time was the fourth best of all participants, comfortably placing her in the semi-final. The following day, Barnett recorded a time of 4:07.70, fast enough to earn a spot in the final of the olympic qualifiers. In the final heat, Barnett ran a personal best 4:05.05 to place seventh overall. Her time in the finals was less than one second shy of the Olympic standard in the event. The native of Pawleys Island, South Carolina holds program records in the mile (4:33.86) and 1500m (4:11.07). 

Harleigh White – Women’s Triple Jump

In the women’s triple jump semi-final, Harleigh White jumped 13.03 meters, landing her in 14th place, just two shy of the 12th place finish she needed to qualify for the finals. The 12th place finisher earned her spot with a jump of 13.15 meters.

This season, White became just the 11th woman in program history to jump more than 13 meters, and earned herself a spot on the Second Team All-ACC for the triple jump in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Veronica Fraley – Women’s Discus

Fraley threw a Clemson school-record 56.73 meters in the women’s discus. That mark was enough to earn her a spot in Saturday’s final, where she threw 55.64 meters, good for 10th overall. The Raleigh, North Carolina native finished her third season as Clemson’s top all-time thrower and a Second Team All-American, an honor earned for her performance at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

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