Jan. 15, 2011
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CLEMSON, SC – Tiger track & field athletes combined to win 10 events, including both 4x400m relays, on Saturday at the Clemson Challenge. Clemson played host to a strong field of teams, including Auburn’s nationally ranked men (No. 11) and women’s teams (No. 7), as well as Georgia’s 14th-ranked women and Miami’s No. 25 ranked women.
“We were able to establish some personal bests and earn some wins against nationally ranked competition today,” said Lawrence Johnson, Clemson’s Director of Track & Field. “The men and the women winning the 4×4 really put an exclamation mark on the day. Everything we do up until the ACC Championships (Feb. 24-26) and beyond is simply a dress rehearsal. We are starting to get some people to understand what they’re doing a little bit better.
“Stormy (Kendrick) and Brianna (Rollins) are getting some good marks in the national standings, and that’s what we really need out of them. On the men’s side, I thought Justin Murdock and Warren Fraser put in some good runs today in the 60, and that got our guys going pretty well for this meet.”
Kendrick was impressive in the 60m dash, despite not having the best start out of the blocks in the final. She turned in a personal best 7.32, third-best time in school history en route to the victory. Misha Morris was third and ran a preliminary time of 7.45, No. 8 in Clemson’s record books.
Justin Murdock was runner-up in the men’s 60 with a time of 6.70, a personal best for the junior from Pasadena, MD. He was followed in third place by sophomore Warren Fraser, who clocked a 6.73 for the Tigers.
La’Mont Jackson, a sophomore, won the men’s 200m dash with a time of 21.96. Monique Gracia was Clemson’s top finisher in the women’s 200 with a time of 25.33, fifth place overall.
Briana Johnson was third in the final of the event with a time of 8.46, finishing ahead of freshman Bridgette Owens (8.49). Owens’ time ranks among the top 10 in school history for the event.
Chris Slate won the men’s 800m run with a time of 1:52.70, followed by teammates Jasen Turnbull (1:52.98), Nathan Hendershot (1:53.12) and Ryan Mangone (1:56.88). Kim Ruck took third place in the women’s mile, after a final surge on the homestretch. Her time was 4:57.03, shy of her personal best for the event. Alyssa Henshaw edged junior Alyssa Kulik to finish fifth with a time of 5:02.52. Kulik recorded a time of 5:02.61. In the men’s mile, freshman Aaron Ramirez was runner-up after crossing the finish line with a time of 4:20.62.
Stephanie Buffo won the women’s 3K. The senior from Spartanburg, SC produced a time of 10:03.57. She held off freshman teammate Natalie Anthony at the line, as Anthony crossed in 10:03.88.
Clemson’s 4x400m relays both set season bests on Saturday. The men’s team of La’Mont Jackson and Miller Moss combined to form a time of 3:15.68. Jackson took over on the third leg and the Tigers did not relinquish the lead once the baton reached Moss’ hands. In the women’s race, the group of Whitney Fountain, Stormy Kendrick, Brianna Rollins and Marlena Wesh finished with a time of 3:41.31. Rollins broke open an even race in the third leg.
Michael Kopanski was second place for the men’s vault, jumping 15’7″. Miller Moss, an All-American in the multi-events, was fourth at 15’1″.
Danielle Curry won the women’s event with a Clemson personal best of 46’3.5″, the eighth-best mark in school history.
Padgett shrugged off the wrist in the 35-pound weight throw and won the event after an outstanding series of throws. His top effort was 64’9.75″, but several of his throws were amongst the best in his career to date.
Della Clark. The Greenville, SC native hit a throw of 65’10.5″ to blow away the competition.
The Tigers return to action next weekend in Blacksburg, VA to take part in the Hokie Invitational on the campus of Virginia Tech.
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