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John Ward

John Ward - Cross Country - Clemson University Athletics
Greenville, S.C.
High School:
Wade Hampton HS

Clemson TFRRS Profile & Track Bio

Awards & Accolades

  • 2020 ACC All-Academic Team

2020 Highlights

  • Competed in all three meets during the 2020 campaign, finishing as the Tigers’ top runner each time.
  • Set a personal best in each of the three meets this season, never running slower than 24:40.
  • Opened the season at the Florida State Invitational (Oct. 2) by running 24:38.7 to finish eighth overall.
  • Earned his third top-five finish during a cross country meet by running 24:17.9 to finish fourth at the Blazer Classic (Oct. 16).
  • Capped the season by running a blistering time of 24:04.4 to finish in 36th overall, Ward’s best position at an ACC cross country championship.

2019 Highlights

  • Competed in six races for the Tigers.
  • Earned personal bests on the cross country course at the 10km and five-mile distances.
  • Was the top Tiger in four of the six races he toed the line in.

2018 Highlights

  • Four personal bests over six races propelled Ward to a sensational sophomore campaign.
  • Set personal bests at the 5k, five-mile, 8k and 10k distance.
  • Ran a blistering time of 24:57.8 over 8k at the ACC Championships.
  • Capped off his year with a 10k performance of 32:23.2 as the top Clemson runner at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
  • Lead the team in three of his six races while being a part of Clemson’s top-five scoring group in all meets.

2017 Highlights

  • Named ACC Cross Country Freshman of the Week on Sept. 13, 2017
  • Top freshman and second-place finisher at 2017 Furman Invitational


  • A native of Greenville, S.C.
  • Studied abroad in Spain during the 2020 Spring semester.