May 25, 2000
DURHAM, NC – The Clemson men’s track and field team found out Thursday night that the Tigers have qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in six events.
Senior Shawn Crawford leads the Tigers’ charge gaining qualification in two events. He was the only Clemson athlete to post automatic standards earning entry in both the 100m and 200m. He posted the NCAA’s second-best qualifying time, running 20.29 at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, which were held at Duke last month. Auburn’s Coby Miller has the NCAA’s fastest time, .12 seconds in front of Crawford at 20.17. Crawford also qualified seventh in the 100m. He was clocked at 10.16 at the Georgia Tech Invitational last Saturday.
Clemson student-athletes are also qualified in both hurdle events. Todd Matthews made the cut in the 100m high hurdles. He was 17th of the 20 to be selected for the meet. He was clocked at 13.80 in the preliminary rounds last weekend in Atlanta, GA. Fred Sharpe, who was borderline in the 400m intermediate hurdles, also gained entry. He is 19th with a time of 50.60, which he ran at the Penn Relays.
The only other individual selected to compete at the NCAA Championships was decathlete Andy Giesler. The 2000 ACC Champion scored 7,348 points at the Florida Relays in March. His point total is the 13th-best among entrants.
Clemson’s 4x100m relay team also qualified. Jacey Harper, Crawford, Charles Allen and Anthony Moorman qualified the relay with a clocking of 39.50 at the Orange & Purple Classic at Clemson on May 14. It is the eighth-fastest relay in the event.
The NCAA Outdoor Championships will begin Wednesday, May 31 and run through Saturday, June 3 at Wallace Wade Stadium on the campus of Duke University.
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