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Women’s Track & Field Adds Hungarian Standout

Jan. 23, 2008

Clemson, SC – The women’s track & field program has announced the addition of a mid-year enrollee to its roster. Lilla Fördős (pronounced lee-LUH FOHR-duhsh), a native of Keszthely, Hungary, has joined the team as a middle distance runner.

“We are excited about getting our program’s first recruit from Hungary,” said Marcia Noad, head coach at Clemson. “Glenn McAtee, one of our assistant coaches, did a great job getting Lilla here at Clemson. He spent timeless hours above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that she got to school in January.

“Now that she is here, I am confident coach (Gordon) Thomson will utilize his many years of coaching experience and knowledge of the distance events to help her achieve athletic success as a member of our program.”

Fördős was a member of the Hungarian junior national team and was a competitor in the 400m, 800m, and 1500m events. She comes to Clemson with a personal best of 2:10.4 in the 800m, an event in which she is expected to contribute almost immediately for the Lady Tiger program.

“Lilla has good running mechanics and has already proven to be a great addition to our program,” Noad explained. “As with any new additions to our program, she has the support of our coaches, support staff, and team members in order to ensure that she experiences academic and athletic success during her time at Clemson and beyond. We are optimistic Lilla will be one of many successful Hungarian track & field and cross country athletes to compete at Clemson University.”