Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson track and field teams returned to competition on Saturday and showcased a depth of talent across 28 events. The Tigers had athletes register season best performances in 24 of the 26 individual events. Clemson had five athletes across four events register marks that landed them on the event’s top-10 performance list.
Veronica Fraley logged the fourth-best all-time mark in the women’s shot put with her throw of 15.64 meters (51-3.75). Grant Voeks moved into the second position of the men’s shot put list with his mark of 18.58 (60-11.5). For the second-consecutive meet, Deonte Tolbert registered a top-five all-time performance in the men’s 300m, this time moving into the fourth position with his mark of 33.46. LaFranz Campbell and Devon Brooks logged the seventh and tenth-best performances, respectively, in the men’s 60mH.
“I think our team did well. There were a lot of great performances today, especially with LaFranz and Devon. Even though we mixed up our relays and ran odd events, we had a competitive effort today and I am sure all of the coaching staff is excited about what happened. We are going in the right direction.”
Brooks and Campbell took to the 60-meter straight away early in the morning to compete in the preliminary rounds of the men’s 60mH, and after less than eight seconds of brilliance from each athlete, the duo walked away with a pair of personal bests. Each athlete advanced to the finals via a time qualifying mark. Campbell would be the lone Tiger to compete in the final and seized the opportunity to race some of the nation’s finest. Campbell’s previous best, which came en route to finishing second at last year’s ACC Indoor Championships, was smashed by a convincing margin of five-hundredths of a second.
With Brooks and Campbell each registering top-10 all-time performances in the men’s 60mH, they become the first duo since Sultan Tucker and Todd Mathews in 2001 to run top-10 marks in the event in the same year.
On the past week of preparation…
“We have been working on a couple of technical things this past week. Today we saw that when they competed that they had fast touchdown times. With LaFranz dropping his personal best twice today, it’s a great result for us.”
Coach Lennox Graham on what the performances foreshadow for the future…
“This result at this time of year shows me that they have more in store going ahead. I wanted to evaluate two things today, seeing what shape they were in and how they would race, and we got good results on both.”
The Tigers will return to competition on Jan. 17 and 18, as the team hosts the Clemson Invite at the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex. This will be the first multi-day competition of the season for the Tigers.