CLEMSON, S.C. — A large group of student-athletes from Clemson track & field are set to travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in the Tennessee Challenge on Saturday at Tom Black Track. The one-day meet features several teams from throughout the Southeast, and will serve as the final tuneup before the ACC Outdoor Championships, set for May 14-16 in Tallahassee, Fla. The Tigers carry top-20 national rankings (men, No. 19 — women (No. 15) into the UT Challenge as well.
The meet gets started for the Tigers with the men’s hammer throw, featuring Jordan Pickerel, at 9 a.m. Among other top performers in the field, Torian Ware is set for the men’s high jump at 2:30 p.m. he is coming off a runner-up finish at Penn Relays.
Both of Clemson’s reigning ACC Athlete of the Week honorees, Tevin Hester and Samantha Elliott, are expected in action. Hester won the 100 dash at Penn with a personal best 10.14, while Elliott ran a season-best 13.18 in the 100 hurdles. She is entered in the 400 hurdles Saturday.
The 4×100 relays will be the first contested track events Saturday, starting at 12:30 p.m. Clemson will send large groups into action in the 200, 400 and 800 as well, before finishing the meet at 4:30 and 4:45 with the women’s and men’s 4×400, respectively.
One Clemson athlete who will not be in Knoxville with her teammates is NCAA Champion Natoya Goule. She will instead wear her native country of Jamaica’s colors at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.
Goule will be part of the Jamaican women’s 4×800 relay. She is two-time defending national champion of Jamaica in the 800 meters. The relay is scheduled as a final-only race at 7:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 3. The meet will be held at T. Robinson Stadium in Nassau on Saturday and Sunday.
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