COLUMBIA, S.C. – Clemson hurdlers Ebony Williams, Sidney Marshall and LaFranz Campbell all qualified for the 60-meter hurdles finals at the University of South Carolina’s ‘Carolina Challenge’ on Friday. The finals are slated for 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Carolina Indoor Track & Field Complex.
Williams set a personal best time of 8.39 seconds out of heat No. 3. The junior placed second in her heat. Williams secured her spot in Saturday’s finals after running the second-best time outside of the four heat winners, who automatically qualify for finals. However, Marshall secured one of those automatic bids after winning Friday’s second heat. The junior clocked a season-best 8.43. Williams and Marshall will run side-by-side in Saturday’s finals in lanes six and seven, respectively. The duo will also go head-to-head against intrastate foes Milan Parks and Caitlyn Little of South Carolina.
In his third meet in a Clemson uniform, Campbell ran 8.03 in heat No. 4 to punch his ticket to Saturday’s finals. Campbell’s time is his second-best of the season, just behind his PR of 7.85 seconds which he achieved at the Orange & Purple Elite on Jan. 11 this season. The sophomore is slated to line up in lane No. 7 for the finals.
On the banked track, junior Malik Epps turned in his best career time in the open 400m. Epps crossed the finish line at 48.84 mark, surpassing his previous best of 49.50 seconds. Epps, whose primary event is the 800m and 4x400m relay, will most likely run the first leg for the Tigers in Saturday’s distance medley relay, which is scheduled for 3:10 p.m.
On the runway, sophomore Travis Hugg placed second among collegiate competitors in the men’s long jump (open). Hugg (6.96m/22-10) achieved his best distance on his opening jump to gain an initial lead.
The Tigers resume competition at the Carolina Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 2. Clemson junior Alex Sands will kick off action for the Tigers in heat No. 1 of the 200m dash at 10 a.m.
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