Columbia, S.C. – The Clemson Track & Field program concluded a busy weekend of competition at the USC Indoor Open on Saturday, where 14 Tigers competed across six different events. The team combined to log four top-five finishes, six indoor personal bests and eight season bests. Logan Morris and Zeniyah Lawrence were the lone Tigers to win their events on Saturday, capturing titles in the women’s mile and 200 meters, respectively.
“Our pole vaulters have progressed really well throughout the season. Both Jessica (Brewer) and Alex (Svacha) performed really well today,” said Mark Elliott, who serves as the Director of Track & Field at Clemson.
“With Zeniyah’s performance today, it rounds off a great weekend for our short sprints group. Richie (Luzzi-Liggins) earned a personal best and is getting better each week. Rebekah’s time yesterday was a great performance. It was a good two days of competition for our team before we get into this championship run.”
A trio of women pole vaulters got the day started for Clemson, as Brewer and Svacha finished the competition with significant personal bests, each clearing 3.67 meters (12-0.5) on their final attempts to finish in a tie for ninth overall. Entering the day, Svacha and Brewer had personal bests of 3.37 meters and 3.50 meters, respectively.
Later in the day, Taylor Boyles competed in the men’s pole vault and cleared the bar at 4.70 meters (15-5) to earn a new personal best by five centimeters.
Morris competed in the women’s mile for the first time this season, winning the event with her time of 4:50.08. Wittrock, who joined Morris within the top-5 of the event, earned a sizable personal best with her performance of 5:01.46. Ther personal best is an improvement of nearly four seconds off of her prior best mark.
In the 200 meter races, Richie Luzzi-Liggins earned an indoor personal best with a time of 21.79 to win his heat.
The last athlete to compete on Saturday was Zeniyah Lawrence, who won the women’s 200 meters with a new personal best time of 23.86. Lawrence’s time was a stellar improvement off of her previous best, as she entered the day with a lifetime best of 24.10.
The full recap and details of Rebekah Smith’s impressive performance in the women’s 200 meters yesterday at the LSU Twilight can be found here.
Clemson will now enter the championship portion of the indoor season, as the team will compete at the ACC Indoor Championships in Notre Dame, Ind., with competition being held on Feb. 27-29 at the Loftus Sport Center.
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