CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson Track & Field head coach Mark Elliott announced the additions of Shakwon Coke, Tarees Rhoden, Richie Luzzi-Liggins and Leah Disher to the Tigers’ 2019-20 incoming class on Friday.
Coke is a standout long jumper at Kingston College in Kingston, Jamaica. Coke registered his career best jump of 7.75m (25-5.25) on Feb. 23 of this year. His non-wind aided best in the event currently sits at 7.73m (25-4.25). His PR would be good for the top mark in the ACC for the regular season and No. 5 all-time in Clemson history.
Like Coke, Rhoden hails from Kingston College, and specializes in middle distance. Rhoden achieved his personal best – 1:49.04 – in the open 800m this year on March 30 in Kingston, Jamaica. His outdoor PR of 1:49.04 – as it currently stands – would be tied for ninth all-time in Clemson history and No. 5 all-time indoors. Under the direction of Elliott, a total of 13 800m runners currently rank inside Clemson’s top-10 lists in the event, including four on the men’s side.
Luzzi-Liggins is a sprinter from St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey. Luzzi-Liggins placed second at the Meet of Champions this past winter in the 200m dash. His PR in the 200m dash (outdoors) is 21.77 seconds, and he attained a PR of 10.99 seconds in the 100m dash. He also anchored the St. Peter’s Prep 4x100m team, which placed fourth overall at this year’s Penn Relays. Additionally, Luzzi-Liggins’ grandfather, Richie Luzzi, played football at Clemson, and, recorded football program’s longest play after he ran back a missed Georgia field-goal attempt for a 108-yard touchdown in 1968.
On the women’s side, Disher is a middle distance runner from Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia. Her PR in the open 800m is 2:13.57. Disher’s parents also attended Clemson.
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