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Mar 30, 2019

Stona Victorious, Relays Shine at Florida Relays Finale

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In just his third collegiate meet, Clemson freshman Roje Stona has already set the Tigers’ freshman record in the discus throw – on two occasions – and now ranks second all-time in Clemson history. Stona claimed his second career victory on Saturday at the Florida Relays, where he threw for 61.22m (200-10) in discus (Invite) at the Gators’ Percy Beard Track. Additionally, Stona’s mark is good for No. 3 on the NCAA Division I performance list, while he remains the top discus thrower in the ACC. Stona had previously set the program’s freshman record in his career opening meet – Georgia Tech’s Yellow Jacket Invitational – on March 16.

In addition to Stona, Clemson saw even more personal bests from the throws group, including three top-10 program marks in the men’s and women’s shot put from Grant Voeks, Janell Fullerton and Veronica Fraley. The Tigers also found success in a number of relays including both the men’s and women’s 4x400m and the men’s 4x100m, all three of which the Tigers earned season bests.

Head Coach Mark Elliott

“I think the past three days have been the best performances from both teams – across the board – all season long, including indoor,” said Clemson head coach Mark Elliott. “We had great performances in women’s 4x400m against a national-championship caliber relay team as well as against the defending ACC champions, Miami. We have lot of depth at the 4x400m, and this was a good meet. It showed us where we are as a team. In the field, obviously that was a huge PR for Roje. Also, Grant and Veronica had big personal bests – there’s a lot of things to be said. Both 4x100m relays are getting better. Hopefully, we just keep building and continue to get better.”

Men's Highlights

  • Grant Voeks cleared 18 meters – 18.07m/59-3.5 – for the first time in his career to place second in Saturday’s shot put (Invite). The junior moved from No. 5 to No. 4 all-time in program history.
  • The Clemson men’s 4x100m relay consisting of Alex Sands, Marcus Parker, Fabian Hewitt and Deonte Tolbert ran their season best in the event, 39.59. The group placed fourth among all collegiate relay teams.
  • In a race that came down to the very end, the Tigers shaved seven seconds off their season best as Deonte Tolbert, Fabian Hewitt, John Lewis and Marcus Parker collectively clocked 3:05.63. Parker anchored and nearly came away the win, an outcome that was decided by just 0.05 seconds.

Women's Highlights

  • Janell Fullerton elevated from No. 8 to No. 5 for her performance in the women’s shot put (Invite). Fullerton achieved a best heave of 14.82m (48-7.50). She placed 14th among a competitive field in the Invite section.
  • Freshman Veronica Fraley continued to make history after setting the program’s No. 2 record and freshman record in the shot put on Friday. Fraley reached a distance of 14.75m (48-4.75) on her first attempt of the day.
  • On the very last event of the day, Kendra Clarke, Ebony Williams, Aliyah Mallard and Kamryn McIntosh achieved a team-leading season best time of 3:32.67 in the 4x400m relay, giving Clemson a 13-second boost from its previous 2019 outdoor best entering the weekend.
  • The women’s 4x100m relay consisting of Sarah Hill, Rebekah Smith, Ebony Williams and Aliyah Mallard nearly matched their season best. The group clocked 44.55, just two-tenths of a second shy of their season best (44.32).

Up Next

Up Next

  • Clemson heads to College Station, Texas for the Aggies’ ‘The Reveille’, which is slated for Saturday, April 6.

Saturday's Results

Men’s 4x100m Relay
4. Alex Sands, Marcus Parker, Fabian Hewitt & Deonte Tolbert, 39.59; season best

Women’s 4x100m Relay
11. Sarah Hill, Rebekah Smith, Ebony Williams & Aliyah Mallard, 44.55

Women’s 4x200m
17. Sarah Hill, Zeniyah Lawrence, Rebekah Smith & Sidney Marshall, 1:47.55

Men’s 4x400m
3. Deonte Tolbert, Fabian Hewitt, John Lewis & Marcus Parker, 3:05.63; season best by seven seconds

Women’s 4x400m
5. Lakeisha Warner, Courtashia Felton, Markeeta Thomas & Andrea Foster, 3:36.61; ‘B’ Team season best

Women’s 4x400m Relay
6. Kendra Clarke, Ebony Williams, Aliyah Mallard, Kamryn McIntosh, 3:32.67; team-leading season best by 13 seconds entering this weekend

Men’s 4x800m Relay
6. Oliver Lloyd, John Lewis, Daniel Shaughnessy & Malik Epps, 7:26.13

Men’s Triple Jump
13. DJ Ledell, 15.29m (50-2); outdoor season best

Women’s Triple Jump
10. Harleigh White, 12.62m (41-5); outdoor personal best
25. Maya Hanks, 11.85m (38-10.5)

Men’s High Jump
7. Anthony Hamilton, 2.06m (6-9); outdoor personal best

Men’s Shot Put
2. Grant Voeks, 18.07m (59-3.5); No. 4 all-time
17. Zico Campbell, 15.45m (50-8.25)

Women’s Shot Put (Invite)
14. Janell Fullerton, 14.82m (48-7.50); No. 5 all-time

Women’s Shot Put
9. Veronica Fraley, 14.75m (48-4.75); No. 7 all-time

Men’s Discus (Invite)
1. Roje Stona, 61.22m (200-10); No. 2. all-time … Freshman record … No. 3 in NCAA

Friday's Results

Friday’s Results

Men’s 100m
8. Marcus Parker, 10.39; personal best at Clemson
38. Fabian Hewitt, 10.69 (-1.3w); season best

Women’s 100m
12. Rebekah Smith, 11.41 (2.3w); season best

Women’s 200m
5. Rebekah Smith, 23.79 (-1.2w); team-leading season best

Men’s 400m
6. Deonte Tolbert, 46.33; personal best … won heat No. 6

Women’s 400m
20. Kendra Clarke, 54.06; team-leading season best

Men’s 800m
10. John Lewis, 1:48.86; team-leading season best
24. Malik Epps, 1:50.19; outdoor personal best
36. Oliver Lloyd, 1:51.08; season best

Women’s 800m
11. Andrea Foster, 2:06.69; personal best … No. 8 in program history
24. Kamryn McIntosh, 2:09.00; season best

Men’s 1500m
36. Daniel Shaughnessy, 3:58.26
36. Colt Griffith, 3:58.26

Women’s 1500m
25. Mikie Harris, 4:38.47; personal best

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase
23. Morgan Wittrock, 11:13.82; personal best

Men’s 4x400m Relay College (prelims; top-9 advance)
8. Deonte Tolbert, Fabian Hewitt, Marcus Parker, Malik Epps, 3:09.35 (q); season best

Women’s 4x400m Relay College (prelims; top-9 advance)
4. Markeeta Thomas, Lakeisha Warner, Andrea Foster, Courtashia Felton, 3:39.87 (q); season best

Women’s 100mH
8. Sidney Marshall, 13.48; PR at Clemson
19. Ebony Williams, 13.80

Men’s 110mH
9. LaFranz Campbell, 14.12 (-1.2w); season best
49. Juwan Augustine-Mayers, 15.41

Women’s 400mH
5. Lakeisha Warner, 57.86; team-leading season best
17. Markeeta Thomas, 1:00.48; season best
24. Courtashia Felton, 1:01.42; season best

Women’s High Jump
NH. Kenya Livingston

Men’s Long Jump
8. Chris McBride, 7.11m (23-4); season best

Men’s Discus
1. Grant Voeks, 55.73m (182-10.25); personal best … Remains at No. 5 all-time … Second straight victory in a throws event in as many meets

Women’s Discus
9. Veronica Fraley, 51.61m (169-4); personal best

Women’s Hammer
28. Danielle Little, 48.54m (159-3)

Thursday's Results

Women’s 5000m
6. Erin McLaughlin, 17:07.47; personal best
10. Elizabeth Dawson, 17:18.87; personal best

Men’s Hammer
20. Joe Cline, 48.34m (158-7)

Men’s Javelin
7. Dylan Ahrens, 62.13m (203-10); season best