June 14, 2003
SACRAMENTO, CA – Two Clemson men’s track and field athletes earned All-America honors on the third day of competition at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships held at the A.G. Spanos Track Complex. Freshman Itay Magidi and sophomore George Kitchens each garnered the accolade for the first time in their careers.
Magidi, a native of Yavne, Israel, placed eighth in the 3,000m steeplechase with a lifetime-best performance of 8:36.92. His previous personal-best performance was 8:40.80 set at the East Region Championships. Magidi has set season-bests in each of the four steeplechases in which he has competed this season. His performance at the NCAA Championships ranks third on Clemson’s all-time list in the event.
Kitchens earned All-America honors after placing 10th in the long jump. As one of the top eight Americans in the finals, the sophomore from Hephzibah, GA, earned his first All-America accolade. Kitchens recorded his best mark of the day (24’9.75″) in his first attempt. He is Clemson’s all-time leader in the long jump with his personal-best mark of 25’10.75″.
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