Tiger Track & Field Heads to Gainesville for Florida Relays

Tiger Track & Field Heads to Gainesville for Florida Relays

April 2, 2009

Clemson, SC – The Tiger track & field program will compete at this weekend’s Florida Relays, which will be held at the Percy Beard Track facility on the University of Florida’s campus. The action gets underway for Clemson with the women’s 1500m run Friday at 11:30 AM, and on Saturday with the men’s javelin at the same time.

Clemson will travel a diverse group of student-athletes to the meet in the hopes of facing stiff competition. Among the teams competing this weekend will be a large contingent of schools from both the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference.

The Tigers are slated to compete in at least two relays this weekend on the men’s side, the 4x100m and 4x200m events. C.J. Spiller figure to make up Clemson’s relay in the 4x100m, while Travis Swaggard could see a role as part of the 4×2. Ford will be making his first outdoor appearance of the season, following an indoor campaign that saw him win the NCAA championship in the 60m dash. The 4×1 will be held Saturday at 3:25 PM.

Friday’s action will feature some of Clemson’s top competitors in the field events. Nikola Lomnicka, who qualified for regionals with the second-best hammer throw in school history, is slated for that event at 6:00 PM. Also at that time, George Fields and Josh Fowler will compete in the men’s long jump.

Friday’s track action will feature Michaylin Golladay in both the high and intermediate hurdles, Miller Moss in the quarter mile, Will Noble in the 800m run, and Travis Swaggard in the 400m hurdles. The 4x200m relay on the men’s side is scheduled for 5:30 Friday as well.

Scott Pauga kicks off Saturday’s action in the javelin throw. He qualified for the East Region Championships two weeks ago at the Hurricane Invitational. He looks to build upon the sixth-best mark in school history. Zach Berg and Alex Padgett are slated for the men’s hammer at noon. Berg sat out the last half of the 2009 indoor season due to injury. Padgett will also compete Saturday in the shot put at 5:45.

Bethanie Wachna will compete in the javelin throw at 1:30 PM. She is a two-time regional qualifier in the event and was All-ACC last season as a sophomore. Fowler will finalize Clemson’s field event action Saturday with the men’s triple jump. On the track, Kristine Scott will be featured in the 200m dash. She is coming off a much-improved indoor season as a junior. In the distance events, Jenna Baker and Jonathan Sunde will run the men’s and women’s 5K, respectively. Clemson is also slated to enter a women’s 4x800m relay Saturday afternoon.