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Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson Track & Field teams will return to action as the program is set to host the Bob Pollock Invitational on Jan. 24-25 at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex. Clemson currently touts 12 individuals and two relays ranked within the top-30 nationally, with Andrea Foster serving as the world leader in the women’s 800 meters after running 2:05.30 at last weekend’s Clemson Invitational.
Over the opening three meets of the season, the 2019-20 Clemson Tigers have combined to register 16 marks that land within the top-10 of their respective event’s all-time list. Marcus Parker is the lone student-athlete to have recorded a school-record through the early part of the season. Parker became the school record holder in the men’s 300 meters on Dec. 7 at the Clemson Opener with his time of 33.20.
“Last week was a pretty good performance overall. This week, against stiffer competition, our goals have changed to doing specific things we need to do to get elite marks at the conference and national level,” said Director of Track & Field Mark Elliott. “We expect the team to go out and compete at a higher level because we try to get better every week and with every opportunity we get.”
On the track, the relays will be a point of emphasis for the Tigers this weekend, as the men and women will be fielding their “A” teams in the 4×400 meter relays for the first time this season.
Field events to focus on will be the shot put, triple jump and high jump.
The shot put circle will be full of elite talent, with the Tigers set to stake their claim as they will enter the team’s top competitors in the event. Look for Veronica Fraley and Janell Fullerton on the women’s side and Grant Voeks on the men’s side to contribute big marks in the competition.
The triple jump is an event area where the Tigers are prone to have a break-through in after both D.J. Ledell and Harleigh White made their season debuts at last weekend’s Clemson Invitational. With more jumps now under their belt in a competitive setting, they are ready to compete at a high level this weekend.
The high jump has come to be a point of excellence for the Tigers, as Kenya Livingston and Anthony Hamilton have been consistent performers this season. After Hamilton set a new lifetime best of 2.14m (7-0.25) last weekend, look for him to stay in the competition late as the bar continues to rise on Saturday afternoon.
Regarding competing teams, the Tigers will be hosting three ACC schools over the weekend, as Florida State, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest will all be in attendance. Auburn, Vanderbilt, South Alabama, Youngstown State, Florida A&M and Winston Salem State round out the field of schools participating.
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