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May 25, 2019

Three Relays, Parker Punch Tickets to NCAA Championships Saturday

Clemson 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championship Qualifiers

Photos by Patrick Boling, Clemson Athletic Communications

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Clemson Track & Field program added four qualifying national championship entries Saturday at the 2019 NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Florida. Saturday’s qualifiers in Marcus Parker (200m), both the men’s and women’s 4x100m relays and the women’s 4x400m relay – in addition to the existing five Tiger entries that qualified Thursday and Friday – gave Clemson a total of nine entries for the upcoming 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Both 4x100m relay teams clocked season bests in the late afternoon at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.

The women, which consisted of Rebekah Smith, Aliyah Mallard, Sarah Hill and Zeniyah Lawrence ran 43.84 to tally Clemson’s fifth consecutive berth in the event at the NCAA Championships. The Tigers placed fifth in a competitive second heat to earn a non-automatic qualifying spot to the national meet. Clemson finished in 10th among all sections.

Fabian Hewitt, Parker, Alex Sands and triple jumper DJ Ledell was the order for the men. Like the women, the Clemson men placed fifth in their heat (3), with a time of 39.41 seconds. The Tigers were also the last man in among non-automatic qualifying teams, and placed 11th overall.

Approximately 90 minutes later, Parker ran in the outside lane of the men’s 200m quarterfinals, where he placed third in heat 1 to automatically punch a ticket to his first career Division I national championship. The sophomore clocked the third-best time of his career – 20.43 – in the event.

In the final event of the night, Kendra Clarke, Aliyah Mallard, Andrea Foster and Kamryn Mcintosh ran 3:33.54 to become the fifth and final qualifying team from heat No. 5. Clemson placed 11th overall.

In the field, Clemson was led by Grant Voeks in the men’s shot put. Voeks PR’d – 18.20m (59-8.5) – to move from No. 4 to No. 3 all-time in program history.

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Saturday's Results

Men’s 200m Quarterfinals
8. Marcus Parker, 20.43 (Q); placed third in heat 1
21. Alex Sands, 20.89

Women’s 200m Quarterfinals
17. Rebekah Smith, 23.26; season best

Women’s 100mH Quarterfinals
18. Ebony Williams; 13.36

Men’s 4x100m Relay Quarterfinals
11. Fabian Hewitt, Marcus Parker, Alex Sands & DJ Ledell, 39.41 (q); season best

Women’s 4x100m Relay Quarterfinals
10. Rebekah Smith, Aliyah Mallard, Sarah Hill & Zeniyah Lawrence, 43.84 (q); season best

Men’s 4x400m Relay Quarterfinals
20. Oliver Lloyd, Fabian Hewitt, Alex Sands & Malik Epps, 3:13.01

Women’s 4x400m Relay Quarterfinals
11. Kendra Clarke, Aliyah Mallard, Andrea Foster & Kamryn McIntosh, 3:33.54 (q)

Men’s High Jump
T-39. Anthony Hamilton, 2.01m (6-7)

Men’s Triple Jump
39. DJ Ledell, 14.69m (48-2.5)

Women’s Triple Jump
38. Harleigh White, 12.24m (40-2)

Men’s Shot Put
21. Grant Voeks, 18.20m (59-8.5); No. 3 all-time

Women’s Shot Put
31. Janell Fullerton, 15.34m (50-4)

Friday's Results

Women’s 100m Quarterfinals
9. Rebekah Smith, 11.30 (q); second straight appearance at NCAA Outdoor Championships in 100m … top non-automatic qualifier … season best

Women’s 400mH Quarterfinals
7. Lakeisha Warner, 57.21 (q); second straight appearance at NCAA Outdoor Championships in 400mH … personal best … remains No. 6 all-time

Men’s 200m First Round
17. Marcus Parker, 20.85 (q); placed fourth in heat No. 6
22. Alex Sands, 20.96 (Q); placed second in heat No. 1

Women’s 200m First Round
18. Rebekah Smith, 23.33 (q); season best
27. Aliyah Mallard, 23.60
32. Sarah Hill, 23.74

Women’s 100mH First Round
16. Ebony Williams, 13.39 (Q); placed third in heat No. 6
— Sidney Marshall, DNF

Men’s Discus
1. Roje Stona, 61.36m (201-4); Rewrote his own freshman record … remains No. 2 all-time
10. Grant Voeks; 57.42 (188-5); personal best … remains No. 5 all-time

Women’s Discus
Veronica Fraley, 50.45m (165-6)

Men’s Javelin
Dylan Ahrens, 60.20m (197-6)

Thursday's Results

Women’s 100m First Round
10. Rebekah Smith, 11.48 (Q); placed third in heat No. 5

Women’s 800m First Round
26. Kamryn McIntosh, 2:06.72
31. Andrea Foster, 2:07.36

Men’s 800m First Round
45. Malik Epps;, 1:53.03

Women’s 400mH First Round
24. Lakeisha Warner, 59.15 (Q); placed second in heat No. 2
— Markeeta Thomas, DNF

Men’s Long Jump
10. Chris McBride, 7.61m (24-11.75); advanced to NCAA Outdoor Championships … season best

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