CLEMSON, S.C. — The Clemson track and field program will compete at this weekend’s Torrin Lawrence Memorial in Athens, Ga., from April 30 to May 1, as well as the Tennessee Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn., on May 1. The pair of meets during the weekend is in addition to the Tigers’ participation at the UNF Invitational from April 29-30.
“We have to go where we can to hit marks,” said Clemson’s Director of Track & Field Mark Elliott. “Georgia always provides a good meet before the conference championships, and it’s close to home and that works well because our group is still taking finals for their classes.”
Friday’s action in Athens will be highlighted by the men’s 200m, as Marcus Parker is slated to lead a quartet of Clemson entries. In the women’s edition of the 200m, the Tigers will see Zeniyah Lawrence, Antoinette van der Merwe, Courtney Williams and Aliyah Mallard load into their blocks for the event. The women’s 400m hurdles will conclude Clemson’s participation during day one of the Torrin Lawrence Memorial, as Nicolee Foster leads the three Tigers entered in the event. Foster presently occupies the ninth position of Clemson’s all-time list for the 400m hurdles and is set to return to the start line after finishing as the runner-up in the event at last weekend’s UCF Knight Invite.
Clemson will have an early start to Saturday’s competition at the Torrin Lawrence Memorial, as the men’s 5,000m at 8:45 a.m. will feature seven Tigers. Terryon Conwell is slated to return to the men’s 400m after running a team-leading and personal-best time of 46.38 at the FSU Relays earlier in the season. On the straightaway, Trishauna Hemmings will lead Clemson’s charge in the women’s 100m hurdles, as the native of Kingston, Jamaica, enters the weekend with a personal best of 13.29 in the event.
In Knoxville on Saturday, the Tigers’ field event athletes will be out in full force as the team is spread out across multiple events throughout the day. The last time Clemson competed in Knoxville, Veronica Fraley set the school record in the women’s discus throw and became No. 2 all-time in the shot put after throwing 56.70 meters (186 feet) and 16.30m (53-5.75) at the Tennessee Relays on April 9. Sofia De Coteau will lead the Tigers’ efforts in the women’s high jump and will look to break into the program’s top-10 all-time list after already having cleared 1.70m (5-7) in her last two meets. Clemson’s Javelin group is primed for an impressive showing on Saturday, as Ethan Cocco, John-Erik Drwal and Luke Pauldine will contest the event.
“Sending our throwers and jumpers to Tennessee also gives them another opportunity to get some good marks,” added Elliott.
All information pertaining to Clemson’s participation this weekend can be found in our Meet Central. This weekend’s action in Athens can be viewed on SECN+ starting at 1 p.m. on Friday and 8:45 a.m. on Saturday.
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