BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Clemson men’s track and field team finished third at ACC Indoor Championships this weekend. Two Tigers claimed individual conference titles, and the 4×400 meter relay team of Fabian Hewitt, Tarees Rhoden, Cameron Rose and Aman Thornton claimed the event championship. The women’s team finished the meet ninth overall in points.
Friday’s events were highlighted by Daniel Cope claiming the men’s weight throw title with a school-record 22.28 meter toss. That mark also serves as the Jamaican national record in the event.
On Saturday, Tarees Rhoden brought home two gold medals, first in the men’s 800 meter with a time of 1:48.62, followed by his participation in the relay team that earned first-team all-ACC honors.
The Clemson men shined brightest in the 60 meter hurdles, in which Devon Brooks and Giano Roberts finished second and third, respectively. Dashinelle Dyer scored in both the 60 meter dash, finishing fourth overall and in the 60 meter hurdles with a seventh place finish.
Cameron Rose performed well enough to earn third place in the 200 meter dash, finishing the lap in 21.06 seconds.
Rojé Stona continued the throws team’s success on the weekend, launching a personal-best 19.35 meter shot put, upping his second-best mark in school history. His performance earned him the third spot on the podium.
DJ Ledell set a personal best in the triple jump and earned points as the seventh-best finisher in the event. Zico Campbell twice set a PR in the shot put, moving his fifth all-time mark in school history up to 18.11 meters.
The women’s team finished the competition ninth overall and had multiple podium-worthy finishes as well. Andrea Foster earned the bronze in the women’s 800, while Trishauna Hemmings came just .002 seconds from the gold in the 60 meter hurdles. Hemmings also managed to score in the 200 meter dash with a 24.05 finish.
Harleigh White earned a second-place finish in the women’s triple jump, placing her on the podium for the first time in her career for the event with a leap of 13.04 meters.
The women’s 4×400 meter relay team also saw success, as the group composed of Areya Campbell, Andrea Foster, KK Gadson and Courtney Williams earned silver with a time of 3:35.38. That time is a season-best for the group.
“Finishing 3rd in the ACC is nothing to sneeze at,” remarked Program Director Mark Elliott. “Of course, on the women’s side we had higher expectations. There were individual great performances. Trishauna Hemmings is a great example of how someone with lots of ups and downs this year due to injuries can come through when it counts.
“That’s something we have to build on and move into the outdoor season…we do have a championship team but it takes everyone. I’m proud of the way we performed today and over the past three days.”
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