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Track & Field Concludes Regular Season This Weekend at Georgia Tech

Track & Field Concludes Regular Season This Weekend at Georgia Tech

May 14, 2009

Clemson, SC – Ten student-athletes will travel to Atlanta this weekend to compete in the Georgia Tech Invitational at the George C. Griffin Track Complex. Eight of the ten have already qualified for the NCAA East Region Championships, but two will be seeking regional-qualifying performances this weekend. This is the final weekend that track & field athletes can attempt to qualify for regionals, which will be held May 29-30.

Clemson will take its sixth-ranked men’s 4x100m relay team to Atlanta this weekend in hopes of improving its time. The Tigers’ season-best was 39.33 at the Penn Relays in April. C.J. Spiller will compete Saturday at approximately 1:15 PM.

A pair of throwers will compete for the men’s team as well. Alex Padgett has already qualified in two events, the shot put and hammer throw. Last weekend, he set or matched personal bests in both events. The hammer throw is scheduled for noon on Friday, while the shot put will follow the women’s competition (6:00 PM) later that night. Stephen White hopes to post a mark in the discus throw on Saturday at 3:30 PM. White’s best this season was a distance of 151’11”.

Clemson will enter two in the women’s pole vault competition at 11:00 AM Saturday. Caroline Kennedy, a regional qualifier for the third straight year, is participating alongside regional hopeful Kat Majester, whose season-best was a 12’3.5″ clearance last weekend at the Orange & Purple Classic. The women’s pole vault standard for regionals is 12’7.5″.

Kristine Scott will be the lone women’s track athlete competing from Clemson. She is entered in the 200m dash Saturday at 5:00 PM. Her top time in that event was at the ACC Championships in Miami, when she clocked a regional-qualifying time of 23.50.

Nikola Lomnicka rounds out the Tiger entries for this weekend’s meet. She is scheduled for the hammer throw Friday afternoon following the conclusion of the men’s competition (12:00 PM). Lomnicka posted a season-best mark of 208’8″ last weekend, a distance that currently ranks sixth-best in the nation.