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Track & Field Squads Play Host to Clemson Opener This Weekend

Dec. 1, 2005

The Clemson men’s track & field team will begin its indoor seasons this weekend by playing host to the Clemson Opener on December 2-3. The meet is set to get underway Friday at 5:00 PM with the men’s distance medley relay and women’s 20-pound weight throw. The second day of competition will begin Saturday at 11:00 AM with multiple events and conclude at 4:40 PM with the women’s 4x400m relay. In total, over 30 schools will be competing in the event at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Facility.

The list of participating institutions this weekend includes Alabama, Alabama A&M, Alabama-Birmingham, Anderson College, Charleston Southern, Charlotte, The Citadel, Claflin, Clayton State, Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Emory, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Jackson State, Kennesaw State, Mars Hill, Mississippi Valley State, Morehouse College, North Carolina Central, Radford, Savannah State, South Carolina State, Tennessee, Troy, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, and Winthrop.

Competing in the 60m hurdles for Clemson will be Roy Cheney, Lydell Perry, Rashad Gardner, Ryan Koontz, Andy Porter, and Mike Feathers. In the long jump for the Tigers will be Feathers, Koontz, and Hobbs. Running in the 60m dash preliminaries from Clemson will be Cheney, Hobbs, Koontz, Feathers, Danny Alge will be the Tigers’ lone representative Friday night in the 35-pound weight throw.

On Saturday, the shot put and high jump events will take place beginning at 11:00 AM. In the shot put the Tigers will have Koontz, Feathers, and Hobbs. Participating in the high jump for Clemson will be Koontz and four-time ACC champion Adam Linkenauger. The mile run will consist of Brian Knapp, a transfer into the program. Running in the 400m dash for Clemson will be Gardner, Porter, and Isaac Mullins. Jason Bell, an NCAA Outdoor Championships participant a year ago, will compete in the triple jump for the Tigers.

Competing in the pole vault for the Tigers will be Koontz, Kenny Knox, Andrew Kessler, and Itay Magidi, Sean Reilly, Jay Lumpkins, and Eric Soder. The 4x400m relay, which will be the last men’s event of the meet, will feature Cheney, Brown, Gardner, and Mills for the Tigers.