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Three Clemson Athletes and an Assistant Coach to Compete in Olympics

Aug. 16, 2000

CLEMSON, S.C. – Three Clemson track athletes and an assistant coach will compete in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Charles Allen, who just completed his eligibility, junior Ato Modibo, sophomore Jacey Harper and assistant coach Steve Brown will represent two countries in the upcoming Games.

Charles Allen will compete for Guyana in the 110m hurdles. Allen earned All-American honors in the 4x100m relay (1997, 1999), the 4x400m relay indoors (1998, 1999), and the 4x400m relay outdoors (1999) while at Clemson. He was a member of the 4x400m relay team that claimed the NCAA Indoor Championship in 1999.

Four-time All-American Ato Modibo will compete for Trinidad in the 400m dash and as a member of the 4x400m relay. He was an All-American honoree in 1999 in the 400m indoors and outdoors, as well as in the 4x400m indoors and outdoors. Modibo was the 1999 400m NCAA Indoor National Champion and was also a member of the 1999 4x400m NCAA Indoor Championship team.

Sophomore Jacey Harper and assistant coach Steve Brown will also represent Trinidad. Harper, a former Trinidad and Tobago National Junior and Senior Champion in the 100m and 200m, qualified as a member of the 4x100m relay. Brown, who was a member of the1998 4x110m High Hurdle world-record setting team, will be running the 110m hurdles.

Clemson University head track and field coach Bob Pollock said, “First and foremost, it is an honor for these athletes to be representing their countries at the Olympic Games. Four of these men have represented Clemson in a first-class fashion, and we are proud of their accomplishments. Competing in the Olympics in track and field against the greatest athletes in the world will be the biggest highlight of their careers, and must be a dream come true for them. We wish each of them the greatest success in Sydney, and know with the experiences they will have and the hard work they have put in, they will all return as winners.”