CLEMSON, S.C. — A 1-2 finish in the women’s distance medley relay highlighted the first day of action for Clemson track & field at the Aggie Invitational in College Station, Texas. The Tiger women are third as a team with 18 points, while the men are tied for fourth (6). Texas A&M leads the women’s scoring, while UTEP is atop the men’s leaderboard. The top finishing relay is the only one scored for each school, thus giving the Tigers 10 points in the DMR, instead of 18.
The women’s DMR teams featured lead legs from the Tigers’ top two performers, Grace Barnett and Natoya Goule. The two battled within three tenths of each other, leading to a close race. Barnett’s team ultimately prevailed with a time of 11:34.72, third-best in program history. The other legs were Tanisha Coppin, Brianna Blanton and Alexa Womack. The Tigers’ B team finished in 11:42.45 and were led by a strong 400-meter leg from Nia Fluker.
The men’s distance medley relay took third out of six teams. The group of Jack Andritsch, Aaron Gambrell, Jorel Bellafonte and Roland Hakes combined to a season-best time of 9:59.67. Bellafonte owned the top 800 leg of all six competitors, going 1:52.75.
Clemson’s only individual finisher was Emily Lewis, who took second in the women’s 5000 meters. Her time was a personal best 17:48.49.
Women (3 of 17 events) — 1. Texas A&M, 38; 2. Rice, 19; 3. Clemson, 18; 4. Baylor, 14; 5. UTEP, 11; 6. Texas State, 6.
Men (2 of 17 events) — 1. UTEP, 29; 2. Texas A&M, 15; 3. Baylor, 11; T4. Clemson, 6; T4, Rice, 6; 6. Texas State, 5.
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