Jan. 25, 2007
The Clemson multi-event challenge will be held this weekend at the school’s indoor track & field complex. The event, formerly known as the Clemson Heptathlon/Pentathlon Championships, will be known as the JRF Multi-Event Challenge this season. The event was named in honor of Jarrett Ryan Foster, former Tiger field events coach who was tragically killed last summer.
The JRF meet gets underway Friday at 12:30 PM with the 60m dash. Four events will be the focus on day one for 16 multi-event athletes. On Saturday, the meet will conclude with the 60m hurdles, pole vault, and 1000m run. Friday’s events will include the long jump (1:15), shot put (2:45), and high jump (3:45).
Ryan Koontz will headline a trio of multi-event athletes competing this weekend. Koontz ranks second on the Tigers’ all-time heptathlon list. He earned All-America honors in the outdoor decathlon last season as well. He was the 2006 ACC Champion in both the heptathlon and decathlon.
Joey O’Rourke, a red-shirt freshman, will also compete in the heptathlon for the Tiger program. Feathers finished sixth overall a year ago, as 2006 senior Brent Hobbs posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark for Clemson. Feathers ranks fourth on the school’s all-time marks list in the heptathlon with 5,131 points, which he accomplished at last season’s ACC Indoor Championships.
O’Rourke will be competing in his first heptathlon for Clemson. A native of Mt. Pleasant, SC, he was a regional and state champion pole vaulter as a senior at Wando High School in 2005.
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