ABILENE, Texas — Danielle Sloley broke the 15-meter barrier in the women’s shot put for the first time in her career on Wednesday at the Oliver Jackson Twilight Invitational by throwing 15.10 meters (49 feet, 6.5 inches) to become the No. 6 performerin program history for the event. Sloley entered Wednesday’s competition as the No. 8 performer in the shot put at Clemson after throwing 14.71m (48-3.25) during the Tennessee Relays earlier this season.
Despite Sloley’s all-time performance, Veronica Fraley led the way for the Tigers in the women’s shot put by throwing 15.90m (52-2) in the final round of competition. The pair of Tigers finished second and third on Wednesday evening, with Fraley’s runner-up result serving as her fourth top-5 finish of the 2021 outdoor season.
In the men’s discus throw, Roje Stona won his third event title in as many meets this season after throwing 58.47m (191-10) on his final attempt Wednesday. Tonight’s competition was the first time this season Stona was engaged in a hard-fought battle up to the final round, as the native of Montego Bay, Jamaica, took the lead for the first time thanks to his toss on his last attempt. Stona currently ranks fourth nationally in the discus throw following his season’s best of 60.87m (199-8) from the FSU Relays.
Fraley capped Clemson’s competition at the Oliver Jackson Twilight on Wednesday by throwing 50.75m (166-06) in the fourth round of the women’s discus throw. At the Tennessee Relays on April 9, Fraley set the school record and won the event by throwing 56.70m (186-00). In Knoxville, Fraley became the first woman in program history to eclipse 56 meters.
Clemson track and field will travel to Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, April 23, ahead of its weekend competition at UCF’s Knights Invite from April 24-25.
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