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Tigers Take Aim on ACC Outdoor Championships

April 20, 2000

DURHAM, NC – The Clemson men’s track & field team will be aiming for their third title in four years at Friday and Saturday’s ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Duke University.

The Tigers will be led by Shawn Crawford, who is trying to make a claim as the fastest sprinter in the league. The senior from Van Wyck, SC, set the American indoor record in the 200m at the NCAA championships and has already clocked some of the nation’s best times outdoors in both the 100m and 200m. He is already automatically qualified for the NCAA meet, which will be held May 31-June 3 at Duke, in both events. His biggest challenge will likely be Wake Forest’s John Stone, the defending ACC champion in both events.

Crawford is qualified with a legal time of 10.18 in the 100m and a wind-aided mark of 20.33 in the 200m.This season, just seven have gone faster in the 100m and only two have faster times in the 200m.

While Crawford may be hold the higher profile, Clemson has several other student-athletes capable of highlights of their own.

Todd Matthews is provisionally qualified in the 110m high hurdles. His effort of 13.81 leads the ACC and is 10th best nationally. The Tigers’ 4x100m relay is also provisionally qualified in the eighth best slot nationally. It also leads the conference.

In all, Tiger competitors lead the ACC in six events. In addition to leading in the 100m, 200m, 110m hurdles and the 4x100m relay, Clemson also is ACC tops in the high jump and in the decathlon. Doug Ameigh has the tallest clearance in the high jump, having bettered the bar at 7-0 1/4. Mark Jellison will try to improve his top point total in the decathlon. He tops the list with 7,348 points.

An outdoor title in 2000 would be the seventh outdoor title for Clemson since coach Bob Pollock took over in 1989. After winning four straight ACC indoor championships, the Tigers have 15 indoor and outdoor titles (of a possible 23) under Pollock’s tenure.

Last year at the ACC Outdoor Championships hosted at Clemson, the Tigers were second, behind North Carolina. The Tar Heels claimed the championship by 20.5 points, outscoring Clemson, 178-157.5.

Tigers Lead ACC in Six Events According to the ACC Top Times List, Clemson leads the field in six events. Shawn Crawford ran the fast times in the conference in both the 100m and 200m. He has posted respective times of 10.18 and 20.33. Todd Matthews has posted the league’s fast time in the 110m High Hurdles. He ran 13.81 at the Clemson Relays. The Tigers’ 4x100m Relay has a slight advantage. Clemson was clocked at 39.67 at the Florida Relays. In the field events, Doug Ameigh has the tallest clearance in the high jump, having bettered the bar at 7-0 1/4 at the Clemson Invitational. Andy Giesler scored a conference-best 7,348 points in the decathlon at the Florida Relays. The Tigers also have the second-best point total in the event with Mark Jellison going for 6,906 points also in Gainesville. In all, Clemson has three individuals ranked second on the league list and six athletes with third-best marks.

Clemson Qualified for NCAAs in Four Events A little more than one month into the outdoor season, the Tigers have already qualified in four events for the NCAA Championships May 31-June 3 at Duke. Shawn Crawford has the only two automatic marks on record for the Tigers. He is qualified in both the 100m and 200m. His time of 10.18 ties for eighth best nationally and his wind-aided time of 20.33 is tied for third. Todd Matthews is provisionally qualified in the 110m High Hurdles. His effort of 13.81 ranks 10th. The Tigers’ 4x100m Relay is also provisionally qualified and currently ranks eighth nationally.

Clemson Gets ACC Performer of the Week Three Times In every week during the outdoor season that Clemson has competed it has had one athlete named the ACC Track & Field Performer of the Week.

Todd Matthews, a sophomore hurdler from Trenton, NJ, was named the recipient of the Percy Beard Award, given annually to the top hurdler at the Florida Relays, for the second year in a row after capturing the 110 meter hurdles in a NCAA provisional time of 13.85. He followed that performance by anchoring the Clemson Tigers’ shuttle hurdle relay team that claimed a first-place finish with a time of 56.05.

The next week (April 3), Shawn Crawford shared the ACC Performer of the Week honors with NC State’s Chris Dugan after each recorded NCAA automatic qualifying times in their respective events. Crawford, a senior from Van Wyck, SC, continued his solid performances in the 200m as he recorded an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 20.46 seconds in winning the event at the Clemson Invitational. Crawford also won the 100m with a time of 10.56 seconds and was a member of the Tigers’ 4x100m relay team that clocked in with a time of 40.56 seconds.

Crawford became this season’s only repeat winner on April 10th. Crawford recorded one of the fastest times in the NCAA this year, as he was the top collegiate finisher in the 100-meter dash at the Duke Invitational. With a time of 10.18 seconds, he equaled the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.

No other school has had more than one honoree this season.

No ACC School More Successful than Clemson Since 1989 Since 1989, the year that Bob Pollock took over the Clemson men’s track and field program, no other ACC school has been more successful. In numbers of team championships, no school has more. The Tigers have won six outdoor ACC titles and have been the best indoors nine times. The next closest team, North Carolina, has won six times, four titles outdoors and two titles indoors.

Team Championships Since 1989OutdoorCLEMSON          6North Carolina   4NC State         1

Indoor CLEMSON 9 North Carolina 2 Florida State 1

Combined Indoor & Outdoor CLEMSON 15 North Carolina 6 Florida State 1 NC State 1

Tiger Timeline Impressive Wins Open Outdoor Season The Clemson men’s track and field team opened the 2000 outdoor season on March 18 at the Clemson Relays.

Tiger senior Shawn Crawford recorded an automatic qualifying time of 20.33 in the 200m, breaking his own track record which he set a year ago with a time of 20.39.

Freshman Jacey Harper won the 100m with a time of 10.50, Junior Ben Hess won the pole vault with a mark of 15-11 3/4, and freshman Rick Hill came from behind to win the decathlon with 5,646 points. Hill won the 1500m with a time of 4:42.6, the pole vault with a mark of 10-11 3/4 and the 400m in 52.28.

Men Win Four Titles at Florida Relays Todd Matthews won the 110 hurdles and three Clemson relay teams won events, leading the Clemson at the Florida Relays March 24-25.

Matthews won the 110 hurdles in the invitational portion of the competition with a time of 13.85.

Bob Pollock’s team took first place honors in the 4x110m shuttle relay (56.05), 4x200m relay (1:23.12) and the 4x100m relay (39.67).

Clemson had four other individuals who finished in the top three of individual events. Jacey Harper finished second in the 100 meters with a time of 10.52. Andy Giesler finished third in the decathlon with 7,348 points. Bryan Williams finished third in the triple jump with a 49-3 3/4 leap.

Malcolm Reynolds finished second in the high jump with a leap of 6-9 3/4. Clemson had two athletes finish in the top eight of the 1500 meters. Scott Shaw was seventh with a time of 3:59.72, while Steve Alexander was eighth at 4:01.24.

Clemson Wins Own Invitational The Clemson men’s track and field team scored 226 points to win the Clemson Invitational April 1. The Tigers took first place in 11 events for the victory. Kansas was second in the men’s meet with 175 points, followed by Western Carolina with 124 points and Georgia Tech with 122 points.

Tiger senior Shawn Crawford led the team, recording an automatic qualifying time of 20.46 for first place in the 200m. Crawford also won the 100m in 10.56 and was a member of the Tigers’ 4x100m relay team that placed first with a time of 40.56

Other first-place finishers for the Tigers included Mike Connelly at 1:51.26 in the 800m and Jason Meany with a time of 14:45.18 in the 5,000m. Junior Sultan Tucker won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.09, while Fred Sharpe won the 400m hurdles in 51.23.

In the field events, Doug Ameigh placed first with a mark of 7-0 1/4 in the high jump, and Ben Hess won the pole vault with a mark of 16-4 3/4. Sophomore Kai Maull took first in the long jump (23-6), while senior Bryan Williams won the triple jump with a mark of 50-10 1/4.

Crawford Earns Qualification in 100 Meters Shawn Crawford, who had already qualified for this year’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 200m, ran 10.18 in the 100m April 8 at the Duke Invitational to receive his second automatic qualification to the meet.

Crawford advanced to the finals after coasting with a 10.45 clocking in the preliminaries. He finished fourth in the finals but was the top collegian, recording a 10.18 behind Kenny Brokenburr, Tony McCall and Tim Montgomery, all competing unattached.

Todd Matthews was the second collegiate finisher in the 110m high hurdles. He finished fifth in the event in a time of 14.02. The only collegian finishing ahead of him was Syracuse’s Adrian Woodley, who turned in a 13.82. Ato Modibo was 14th in the 400m with an effort of 47.45. Fred Sharpe was 10th in the 400m with a time of 51.98.

The Tigers also had their best showing of the season in the 5,000m. Jason Meany finished 14th in a time of 14:24.32 while teammate Ryan Demers was 19th in a time of 14:34.74. Clemson’s distance medley relay team finished 14th.

In the field events, Malcolm Reynolds and Doug Ameigh both cleared 6-7 in the high jump. Kai Maull leapt a wind-aided 24-0 1/4 in the long jump to finish sixth, while Mark Jellison had a leap of 23-0 3/4 to finish 14th. Andy Giesler was fifth in the pole vault at 14-11. Tony Lloyd skipped 46-4 3/4 in the triple jump to finish 11th.

Tigers Finish 10th at NCAA Indoors In a photo finish, Clemson senior Shawn Crawford broke the American record and won the national championship in the 200m to lead Clemson to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships March 10-11.

In a tight race with John Capel of Florida, Crawford finished the race in 20.252, followed by Capel in 20.257, to win the second national championship of his career. Crawford won the event two years ago as a sophomore. The time broke the American record of 20.32 held by Rohsaan Griffin and Kevin Little.

In the preliminaries of the event, Crawford recorded a time of 20.33, breaking the previous collegiate record of 20.36 set by UTEP’s Obadele Thompson in 1996. Crawford finished fourth with a time of 6.67 in the 60m dash, earning his second All-America citation of the meet. Tiger junior Sultan Tucker placed eighth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.97 to earn All-American honors.

Freshman David Collins placed 18th in the event with a time of 6.82. In the 400m, sophomore Ato Modibo failed to advance to the finals after placing 15th with a time of 47.33. After a bad start, Modibo was unable to recover in his race. The Tiger 4x400m relay team of Charles Allen, Otto Spain, Crawford and Jacey Harper placed 10th with a time of 3:11.52 to conclude the meet.

Tigers Win 4th-Straight ACC Indoor Meet The Clemson men’s indoor track and field team won the 2000 ACC Championship Feb. 18-19. The Tigers won the meet with 163 points, a Clemson record for the event. North Carolina placed second at the meet with 89 points..

Senior Shawn Crawford led the Tigers, claiming first place in the 60m and the 200m. Clemson took three of the top four spots in the 60m hurdles. Tiger junior Sultan Tucker won the event in 7.79, tying the ACC record.

The Tigers scored 26 points in the 60m dash. Crawford won the event, and David Collins earned All-ACC honors after placing second with a provisional time of 6.70. Clemson scored 25 points in the 200m. Crawford won the event, followed by Ato Modibo in third with a time of 21.38.

Clemson Outdoor Best Times List

100mAutomatic: 10.18, Provisional: 10.34Clemson Record: 10.01w, Michael Green, 1993Shawn Crawford  10.18a     DukeJacey Harper    10.51      CU RelaysAnthony Moorman 10.87      CU InviteSultan Tucker   10.88      CU RelaysDavid Collins   11.68      CU Relays

200m 20.50a, 20.80p Record: Tony Wheeler, 20.07w, 1996 Shawn Crawford 20.33a CU Relays Charles Allen 21.43 Duke Todd Matthews 21.91 CU Invite David Collins 22.02 Duke Kai Maull 22.12 CU Invite Garrick Copes 22.38 CU Invite Anthony Moorman 22.52 CU Invite Ian Potter 22.98 CU Invite

400m 45.40a, 46.20p Record: Wesley Russell, 45.22, 1993 Otto Spain 47.03 CU Invite Ato Modibo 47.45 Duke Garrick Copes 49.60 CU Invite

800m 1:47.20a, 1:48.80p Record: Terrance Herrington, 1:46.38, 1988 Mike Connelly 1:51.26 CU Invite Marcus Hodge 1:55.30 Duke

1,500m 3:41.50a, 3:45.00p Record: Terrance Herrington, 3:38.57, 1987 Ryan Demers 3:50.82 Florida Scott Shaw 3:59.72 Florida Steve Alexander 4:00.63 Duke Davy Rogers 4:04.35 CU Invite B.J. Dillard 4:07.90 Florida David Abel 4:14.56 CU Invite

3,000m Steeplechase 8:43.00a, 8:54.00p Record: Julius Ogaro, 8:32.75, 1981 Steve Alexander 9:37.92 CU Invite Scott Shaw 9:55.00 CU Invite

5,000m 13:48.00a, 14:07.00p Record: Martin Flynn, 13:42.00, 1986 Jason Meany 14:24.32 Duke Ryan Demars 14:34.74 Duke BJ Dillard 15:28.93 CU Invite Everett Ernst 16:28.62 CU Invite Clay Wiggins 16:35.03 CU Invite

10,000m 29:05.00a, 29:55.00p Record: Yehezkel Halifa, 28:56.80, 1988 No Times This Season

110m High Hurdles 13.72a, 14.00p Record: Duane Ross, 13.32, 1995 Todd Matthews 13.81p CU Relays Sultan Tucker 14.09 CU Invite Charles Allen 14.32 CU Relays Ian Potter 14.55 CU Relays

400m Intermediate Hurdles 50.10a, 51.20p Record: Mitchel Francis, 49.85, 1995 Fred Sharpe 51.23 CU Invite Tony Washington 52.77 Florida

4x100m 39.20a, 40.00p Record: 38.92, 1997 Clemson 39.67p Florida

4x200m Not NCAA Event Record: 1:21.96, 1999 Clemson 1:23.12 Florida

4x400m 3:03.80a, 3:07.00p Record: 3:03.67, 1999 Clemson 3.20.16 CU Invite

4x800m Not NCAA Event Record: 7:19.47, 1989 Clemson 8:06.96 CU Relays

4x1500m Not NCAA Event Record: 15:32.17, 1996 Clemson 16:29.39 CU Relays

Shuttle Hurdle Relay Not NCAA Event Record: 54.90, 1998 Clemson 56.05 Florida

Sprint Medley Relay Not NCAA Event Record: 3:17.50, 1995 Clemson 3:38.83 CU Relays

Distance Medley Relay Not NCAA Event Record: 9:32.60, 1990 Clemson 9:51.38 Florida

High Jump 2.25m (7-4 1/2)a, 2.18m (7-1 3/4)p Record: Victor Smalls, 7-6 1/4, 1986 Doug Ameigh 7-0 1/4 CU Invite Malcolm Reynolds 6-9 3/4 Florida Mark Mirabito 6-9 3/4 CU Invite Mark Jellison 6-8 3/4 Florida Brian Williams 6-3 1/4 Duke

Pole Vault 5.55m (18-2 1/2)a, 5.30m (17-4 3/4) Record: Jeff Fields, 17-4 1/2, 1990 Ben Hess 16-4 3/4 Florida Ryan Lewis 16-4 3/4 CU Invite Andy Giesler 15-11 CU Invite Bobby Latham 14-5 1/4 CU Invite

Long Jump 7.95m (26-1)a, 7.65m (25-1 1/4)p Record: Chris Michael, 25-9, 1992 Kai Maull 24-9 1/4 Florida Mark Jellison 23-6 Florida Tony Lloyd 22-9 1/4 CU Relays Todd Matthews 21-3 1/4 CU Invite

Triple Jump 16.30m (53-5 3/4)a, 15.70m (51-6 1/4)p Record: Larry Armstead, 51-9, 1992 Bryan Williams 50-11 CU Invite Kai Maull 48-4 CU Invite Tony Lloyd 47-1 Florida

Shot Put 19.00m (62-4)a, 18.00m (59-0 3/4)p Record: Mike Spiritoso, 68-4 1/4, 1986 Keith Rzewuski 52-11 CU Invite Andy Giesler 48-6 3/4 Florida

Discus 60.00m (196-10)a, 56.50m (185-4)p Record: Jack Harkness, 203-4, 1982 Andy Giesler 160-4 Florida Keith Rzewuski 141-11 CU Invite Brett Varner 124-8 CU Invite Mark Jellison 115-1 CU Relays

Javelin 72.00m (236-3)a, 67.30m (220-9)p Record: Frank Crossen, 224-5, 1989 Andy Giesler 174-11 Florida Rob VanWageninge 171-4 CU Relays

Hammer 68.00m (223-1)a, 61.00m (200-1)p Record: Matt Helinski, 204-1, 1997 Brett Varner 165-7 CU Invite Keith Rzewuski 163-5 Duke

Decathlon 7,600a, 7,100p Record: Eric Lander, 7,615 pts., 1996 Andy Giesler 7,348p Florida Mark Jellison 6,906 Florida

KEY CU Relays-Clemson Relays (March 18) Florida-Florida Relays (March 22-25) CU Invite-Clemson Invitational (Apr. 1) Duke-Duke Invitational (Apr. 8) a-NCAA Automatic Qualifier p-NCAA Provisional Qualifier w-wind-aided (>2.0m/s)