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Women’s Track And Field To Compete At ACC Championships

Women’s Track And Field To Compete At ACC Championships

April 17, 2003

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The Clemson women’s track and field team will compete at the ACC Championships this weekend in Raleigh, NC. The Lady Tigers are in search of their third outdoor team title in school history.

Since Clemson first fielded a complete team in the 1987 season, the Lady Tiger track and field team has been one of the strongest and most consistent teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Lady Tigers have won two ACC titles, and have finished in the top four in the conference 14 of the 20 years the meet has been contested (the first ACC Meet was held in 1983).

The Lady Tigers have won 65 event titles, while only North Carolina and Virgina have won more titles, with 108 and 82, respectively. Clemson has won at least one ACC championship in 19 of the 21 events currently contested. Florida State has claimed 36 championships since joining the league in 1991, Georgia Tech has captured 28 event titles since 1986, while NC State has won 25. Maryland and Duke have won 21 titles each, while Duke has claimed three titles.

The Lady Tigers have been particularly strong in the shot put and discus throw. Clemson athletes have won 10 of the last 19 shot put contests, including four of the last five. In the discus throw, the Lady Tigers have won six titles since 1987.

Clemson sprinters have also been strong contenders in the ACC, winning six 4x100m relay titles since 1990. Only Virginia holds as many 400m relay titles as the Lady Tigers. Since 1992, Clemson has won five ACC Championships in the 100m, and Lady Tigers have captured eight titles in the 200m since 1989, including a streak of five titles between 1989 and 1993. The Lady Tigers have won one championship in the 400m, 100m hurdles, 5000m, pole vault, triple jump and heptathlon, two in the 10,000m, 4x400m relay and hammer throw, three titles in the 1500m, 400m hurdles and javelin and four titles in the 800m.

Under current head coach Marcia Noad, the Lady Tigers have won at least one ACC title in every sprint, hurdle and relay event since 2001. Cydonie Mothersill won both the 100m and 200m in 2001, and Shekera Weston won the 400m in 2001. Kyana Elder was the 100m hurdle champion in 2001, and Michelle Burgher claimed the 400m hurdles that year. The 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay teams each won those titles in 2001 as well. Clemson has also dominated the throws in the last two years, winning five titles in the hammer throw, shot put and discus. Under Noad, the Lady Tigers have won 13 ACC titles and 13 Lady Tigers have earned All-ACC honors.