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Apr 08, 2021

Track & Field Set to Travel to Knoxville for Tennessee Relays

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson track and field program will compete at the 53rd Tennessee Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., from April 9-10. The meet will be broadcast on both Friday and Saturday via SEC Network+. Those unable to tune in to the broadcast can follow along via live results throughout the weekend.

“The Tennessee Relays are a historic meet that has been around for a long time, and I am happy it’s back and that we get the opportunity to go up there and keep improving,” said Clemson’s Director of Track and Field, Mark Elliott. “This meet is building off of the Florida Relays and is a continuation of the competition and training we’ve already done this season. Each week we get an opportunity to see where we are and we put our athletes in the events that we know we need to get them a mark in or more experience with.”

The men’s 400-meter hurdles will be the first track event on Friday that features multiple entries from Clemson, as Rayan Holmes and Jevon Williams are set to compete after posting a pair of strong performances in the event last weekend while at the Florida Relays. While in Gainesville, Holmes earned a personal best in the event for the first time in nearly four years, crossing the line in 52.07 seconds. The new personal best left his old mark of 52.49, a time recorded back in 2017, in his wake as he crossed the line. Williams will contest the quarter-mile hurdles for the third time as a collegiate runner come Friday, entering with a season’s best of 56.53 from his effort down in Gainesville.

Later in the day, Marcus Parker and Fabian Hewitt will lead Clemson’s contingent of entries in the 200m. Parker carries into the meet a wind-legal season’s best of 20.70 as a result of his performance in Gainesville. Hewitt, this year’s ACC Indoor 60m champion, will look to lower his wind-legal season’s best of 21.18.    

In the field on Friday, Clemson will be well represented as the Tigers have entries across five field events. Both Jessica Johnson and Sofia De Coteau will return to action in the high jump following a weekend away from competition. In her last meet, De Coteau cleared 1.69m (5-6.5) in the women’s high jump during the FSU Relays on March 25. In the horizontal jumps, Caroline Johnston will take to the runway for the long jump at 2 p.m., as the native of Jacksonville, Fla., will have her sights set on improving her outdoor season’s best mark of 5.43m (17-9.75) from the Florida Relays.

Something to follow throughout the weekend will be Clemson’s contingent of freshman javelin throwers. Luke Pauldine, Ethan Cocco and John Erik Drwal are slated to compete in the event on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Pauldine will lead the way for Clemson after registering a mark of 59.87m (196-5) at the FSU Relays, a result which landed the freshman just 10 centimeters outside of the program’s all-time top-10 list.

Clemson will resume its action on Saturday with the women’s discus competition at 11 a.m. Clemson will contest only four events on the track, all of which being relays, during the meet’s final day. 

Live results for all events this weekend can be accessed here, while specific information pertaining to Clemson’s participation in Knoxville can be found via our Meet Central. Friday and Saturday’s action will be broadcast live on SEC Network+.

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