CLEMSON, S.C. — The Clemson men’s track and field team clocked in at No. 21 in this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings following an impressive weekend in the Tiger Paw Invitational. The overall success of the men’s team is spearheaded by the No. 2 hurdles group in the country, featuring the newly minted school-record holder in the 60 meter hurdles Devon Brooks.
The Tiger Paw Invitational was a star-studded meet, and the Tigers managed to shine bright while surrounded by the best talent the nation has to offer. In the men’s 800 meter, Aman Thornton became just the second Tiger in history to break 1:48.00, crossing the finish line in a blazing 1:47.29, good for the fourth-best time in the nation this season. Tarees Rhoden was following close behind, setting Clemson’s third-best all-time mark at 1:48.05.
Daniel Cope broke his own school record in the weight throw, launching the weight 21.43 meters. He has been a revelation for the Tigers in his first season with the team.
“The men are headed in the right direction,” said Program Director Mark Elliott. The team is still building as it approaches championship season and will be looking to make a splash next week at ACC Championships in Blacksburg, Va.
The team is one of three ACC programs ranked in the top 25, the other two being Florida State (12) and Notre Dame (14). Clemson travels to Virginia Tech to compete at the ACC Championship Meet starting on Thursday, February 24 through Saturday February 26.
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