JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Clemson track and field program saw each of its five competing student-athletes on Wednesday advance to Friday’s second-round action during the first round of competition at the NCAA East Region Prelims at the University of North Florida. Clemson’s five athletes were spread across the men’s 110-meter hurdles, 800m and 200m.
“It goes to show that our kids are prepared and ready to go,” said Mark Elliott, Clemson’s Director of Track & Field. “We basically batted perfect today and we want to keep that going. This should give some motivation to the ladies [tomorrow] and we’ll take on the next day tomorrow.”
The men’s 110m hurdles got the day’s action started and proved to be fruitful for the Tigers, as all three of Clemson’s entries comfortably advanced to Friday’s second round. Lafranz Campbell finished second in his heat and sixth overall after equaling his personal best by running a wind-aided time of 13.62 seconds. Devon Brooks won his heat and advanced as the seventh-fastest qualifier after running a wind-legal time of 13.63. Giano Roberts advanced from the event’s first round after running an all-conditions lifetime best of 13.77 to slot into the 14th position overall. Clemson will be one of two schools to have three athletes compete in Friday’s second round of the event.
Kameron Jones didn’t disappoint during his heat of the men’s 800m, as the native of San Diego, Calif., easily advanced to Friday’s second round after running 1:48.00 to advance as the event’s top qualifier. Jones entered the meet as the region’s top seed after having run 1:45.47 to win the ACC 800m title on May 15 in Raleigh, N.C. Only five athletes ran sub-1:49 during Wednesday’s qualifying heats.
After exploding out of the blocks as the gun sounded to start the third heat of the 200m, Marcus Parker quickly made up the stagger on his neighboring lanes and cruised to a second-place finish during his qualifying heat. Parker crossed the line with a wind-legal time of 20.63 to advance to Friday’s second round as the tenth-fastest qualifier. Parker is one of three ACC athletes to advance from Wednesday’s first round of qualifying in the 200m.
Clemson’s women will see their two days of competition begin tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. as the women’s 100m hurdles and discus get underway. Rebekah Smith and Antoinette van der Merwe will bring Thursday’s action to a close as they contest the women’s 200m at 8:45 p.m.
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