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Thirteen Former Clemson Men’s Track And Field Athletes Named To ACC 50th Anniversary Teams

Thirteen Former Clemson Men’s Track And Field Athletes Named To ACC 50th Anniversary Teams

A total of 13 former Clemson’s men’s indoor and/or outdoor track and field athletes have been named to the 50th Anniversary All-ACC team, Commissioner John Swofford announced on Tuesday. The former Tigers who have been named to the indoor team consist of Hans Koeleman, Terrance Herrington, Philip Greyling, James Trapp, Michael Green, Cormac Finnerty, Wesley Russell, Duane Ross, Shawn Crawford, and Sultan Tucker. Roger Collins, Mike Columbus, Crawford, Green, Herrington, Koeleman, Ross, Trapp and Tony Wheeler also earned the honor as members of the outdoor team. Twelve of the 13 members received All-American honors and all 13 were ACC Champions.

Roger Collins was named to the outdoor team after earning All-America honors in the javelin throw three times. He finished fourth nationally in the javelin in 1968 and 1970, and was sixth in the nation in 1969. He was the 1969 ACC Meet Most Valuable Performer and a three-time ACC Champion in the javelin.

Mike Columbus was also named to the outdoor golden anniversary team. Columbus was an All-American in the discus in 1976 and 1977. He placed fifth in the event in 1976 and sixth in 1977. A four-time ACC Champion in the discus (1975-1978), Columbus ranks second on the Tigers’ all-time list in the discus with a mark of 190’10”.

Shawn Crawford was a double-honoree as he was named to the indoor and outdoor teams. Indoors, Crawford was the 2001 Indoor World Champion in the 200m dash as well as the American record holder in the event. He was a two-time NCAA Champion while competing for the Tigers, winning the 200m in 1998 and 2000. Crawford was a five-time ACC Champion indoors, and the 1999 and 2000 ACC Meet Most Valuable Performer. The four-time indoor All-American is the Tigers’ all-time leader in the 200m (20.26) and ranks second in the 300m (33.59). He also ranks second in the 60m dash with a time of 6.56. Outdoors, Crawford won the 200m at the 2000 Goodwill Games after claiming the 2000 NCAA National Championship in the 200m. He was the bronze medalist in the 200m at the 2000 World Championships. The 1998 and 2000 ACC Outdoor Performer of the Year was a seven-time outdoor All-American. He was the 1998 and 2000 ACC Meet Most Valuable Performer and a six-time ACC Champion in 1998 and 2000. Crawford ranks second on Clemson’s all-time list in the 200m and fourth on the list in the 100m.

Cormac Finnerty was a two-time indoor All-American in the 3000m run, as well as a two-time ACC Champion in the same event (1992, 1993). He also was the ACC Champion in the mile in 1992, and ranks second in Clemson history in the 3000m with a time of 7:59.89. Off the track, Finnerty was named an Academic All-American in 1991.

Michael Green was named to the indoor and outdoor teams. The four-time Indoor ACC Champion was also a two-time National Champion in the 55m dash (1992, 1993). In 1993, he was tabbed the ACC Indoor Meet Most Valuable Performer and was also the IPTAY Athlete of the Year Award recipient. Green is the ACC meet record holder in the 55m dash. He is also Clemson’s record holder in the 55m (6.08) and 60m (6.55) and ranks third on the all-time list in the 200m with a time of 20.72. Outdoors, Green won the 1993 National Championship in the 100m. He was a four-time All-American and a member of the 1991 NCAA Runner-up 4x100m relay team. He was named the 1993 ACC Championship Meet Most Valuable Performer and was a five-time ACC Champion. He holds the Clemson record in the 100m dash with a wind-aided time of 10.01.

Philip Greyling, a two-time All-American, was the 1989 Indoor National Champion as a member of the 4x800m relay team. In 1990, he was named ACC Indoor Meet Most Valuable Performer. During his career at Clemson, Greyling was a five-time ACC Champion. He is fourth on Clemson’s all-time list in the mile with a time of 4:01.86 and is fifth on the all-time list in the 800m (1:50). Greyling is a member of the Tigers’ record-holding two-mile relay team (7:21.72) and 4x800m relay team (7:17.45).

Terrance Herrington was another double-honoree for the Tigers. Indoors, he was a member of the Tigers’ 1989 National Championship 4x800m relay team. He was also a member of the 1992 United State Olympic Team and was the 1989 and 1991 United States Champion in the 1500m. Herrington was an two-time ACC Champion in the two mile run relay and 800m. He is Clemson’s record holder in the 1000m (2:22.42), and a member of Clemson’s record-holding 4x800m relay team. Herrington is fourth on Clemson’s all-time list in the 800m (1:49.71) and second on the all-time list in the 1000-yard run. Outdoors, Herrington was a three-time All-American, twice earning the honor in the 1500m and once in the 800m. A three-time ACC Champion, he claimed the conference titles in the 800m and 1500m in 1987 and the 1500m crown in 1989. He is Clemson’s record holder in the 800m and 1500m.

Hans Koeleman was named to the indoor and outdoor teams. Indoors, he was a two-time All-American who had a fourth-place finish in the mile in 1980 and another fourth-place finish in the two-mile in 1981. In 1980, Koeleman was the ACC Champion in the mile and two-mile run. He is Clemson’s record holder in the two mile run with a time of 8:33.03. Outdoors, Koeleman earned All-America honors in the 3000m steeplechase in 1981, 1982 and 1983. He was the ACC Championship Most Valuable Performer in 1982 and 1983, winning the conference titles in the steeplechase twice (1982, 1983) as well as the 5000m crowin in 1983. In 1980, Koeleman won the 1500m at the ACC Championships, and added his first steeplechase title in 1981. Koeleman ranks second on the Tigers’ all-time list in the steeplechase with a time of 8:35.90.

Duane Ross was a double-honoree for the Tigers. Indoors, Ross was a three-time All-American and two-time ACC Champion in the 55m hurdles (1993, 1995). He won the United State Indoor title in the 60m hurdles in 1996. He is Clemson’s all-time leader in the 55m hurdles with a time of 7.09 and he also ranks first in the 60m hurdles (7.60). Outdoors, Ross was the 1995 National Champion in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.32, a Clemson record. In 1995, Ross received the IPTAY Athlete of the Year Award for his accomplishments. He also earned All-America honors outdoor in the 110m hurddles in 1993 and 1994, and also as a member of the fifth-place 4x100m relay team in 1995. Ross was a member of a world-record shuttle hurdle relay team in 1998 as well as the bronze medalist at the World Championships in 1998 in the 110m hurdles.

Wesley Russell was named to the ACC’s 50th anniversary indoor team. He was the 1993 National Champion in the 400m, and was also a two-time All-American in the 400m. Russell was the 1993 ACC Champion in the 400m and is Clemson’s all-time leader in the 400m with a time of 45.92.

James Trapp was named to the indoor and outdoor ACC teams. Indoors, Trapp was the World Champion in the 200m as well as the United States Track and Field Champion in the 200m in 1993. In 1992, he was the NCAA Champion in the 200m. Trapp was the 1992 IPTAY Athlete of the Year Award recipient and was also a starter on the Clemson football team. In 1991, Trapp won an ACC championship in the 55m dash. He was a member of the 1992 United States Olympic Team, a member of the 2000 Baltimore Raven Super Bowl Championship team and was inducted into Clemson’s Hall of Fame. Trapp is second in Clemson history in the 55m dash (6.16) and 200m dash (20.66). Outdoors, Trapp was a six-time All-American and a member of the NCAA Runner-up 4x100m relay team in 1991. He was named the 1990 and 1992 ACC Championships Meet Most Valuable Performer and was a nine-time ACC Champion. He ranks second on Clemson’s all-time list in the 100m with a wind-aided time of 10.03 and also ranks second on the list in the 200m (20.17).

Sultan Tucker, a three-time All-American in the 60m hurdles, finished third at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. He was also the ACC Champion in the 60m hurdles in 1999 and 2000. Tucker ranks second on Clemson’s all-time list in the 60m hurdles (7.69) and is tied for fourth on Clemson’s all-time list in the 55m hurdles with a time of 7.21.

Tony Wheeler was named to the ACC 50th outdoor team after earning five All-America honors. He was a member of the Tigers’ 4x100m relay team that earned All-America honors in 1996 and 1997, finishing second in the nation in 1997 with a then-record time of 38.92. He was a three-time ACC Individual Champion in the 200m (1994, 1995, 1996) and an ACC Champion in the 400m in 1996. Wheeler was a member of the 4x400m relay championship teams in 1995 and 1996. He was also a member of the ACC Championship 4x100m relay team in 1997. Wheeler ranks third on Clemson’s all-time list in the 400m with a time of 45.37.

Clemson’s All-Time ACC Team Selections – Men’s Track & Field

Roger Collins, 1967-70 Mike Columbus, 1975-78 Shawn Crawford, 1997-00 Cormac Finnerty, 1989-92 Michael Green, 1990-93 Philip Greyling, 1989-91 Terrance Herrington, 1985-89 Hans Koeleman, 1980-83 Wesley Russell, 1992-93 Duane Ross, 1992-95 James Trapp, 1990-92 Sultan Tucker, 1997-01 Tony Wheeler, 1994-97

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