April 13, 2002
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CLEMSON, SC – The first North Carolina-South Carolina Track And Field All-Star Meet was claimed by Team South Carolina on the men’s side and Team North Carolina on the women’s side on Saturday at Clemson’s Rock Norman Complex. In men’s action, Team South Carolina, comprised of athletes from Clemson and South Carolina State, claimed 353 points, while Team North Carolina, comprised of athletes from Gardner-Webb, NC Central, NC State and Western Carolina, captured 241 team points. In women’s action, Team North Carolina claimed the women’s title, scoring 404 points to Team South Carolina’s 144 point total. The meet produced 13 NCAA qualifiers, with seven women and six men qualifying for the NCAA Track And Field Championships.
“I am extremely pleased with the results of this meet,” said Clemson head coach Bob Pollock. “Despite the size of the field, we had great competition with 13 NCAA qualifiers. We think that we can build a great track and field All-Star meet tradition between two quality states in South Carolina and North Carolina. This was a great start to this event and we are excited about the future all-stars from both states that will continue to build this championship meet.”
The Clemson men’s team was led by Airese Currie won the 100m dash with a time of 10.47, and Eugene Lee was third in 21.44 and Warren Eure took fifth place with a time of 21.71, and Ronald Richards finished sixth (21.85). In the 400m dash, Michael Bolling posted a time of 52.70 to win the event as teammate Marcus Hodge finished second in 53.41. The Tigers’ 4x100m relay team of Griffin, Spain, Lee and Currie finished second in 40.43.
In the field events, Andrew Kessler cleared 15’9.25″ to finish second and George Kitchens finished second in the long jump with a mark of 23’8.75″ and Terrance Huey was fourth with a mark of 22’10.75. Todd Matthews also scored in the event with a mark of 22’9.25″. McDaniel was the Tigers’ top scorer in the triple jump with a mark of 48’9″, and Barrow finished third with a mark of 48’7.5″. In the shot put, Matt Lombardi finished second with a mark of 50’10.25″ and Rick Hill was fourth (39’5.75″). Lombardi won the discus throw with a mark of 161’2″ and Colt Hodge and Rick Hill were fourth and sixth with marks of 150’2″ and 132’0″, respectively. Hodge claimed the hammer throw with a mark of 191’11” and Brett Varner was second (173’1″). Matt Thompson finished third with a mark of 149’10” in the javelin throw.
Clemson men’s track and field will compete at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Apr. 19-20 in Charlottesville, VA.
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