CLEMSON, S.C. – In their final home meet of the indoor season, the Clemson Tigers impressed all-around as the team recorded top-finishes and national marks in multiple events. Over 15 athletes recorded personal or season bests as the Tigers inch closer to the ACC Indoor Championships.
“Collectively from Friday and today, that is probably the best this team has performed, across the board,” Track and Field Director Mark Elliot said. “While track is an individual thing, it is still a team effort so just to see all the personal bests and impressive performances in all event areas is really good. The Tiger Paw is known through the track and field community as one of the best meets you will find in the country, it’s almost like pre-nationals. When you have all the teams that are here, plus our team and are able to record top marks in a variety of events, you know you are doing something good.”
Headlining the meet was today’s middle-distance group as Tarees Rhoden and Gladys Chepngetich both recorded first-place finishes in the men’s and women’s 800 meter. From the distance group, Sawyer Dagan secured a huge personal best to help him to a second-place finish in the men’s 3000 meter. The Tigers also found success in both the men’s and women’s 4×400 relay teams as both groups recorded top-5 marks for Clemson.
The Tigers also shined in the field events as Shantae Foreman secured first-place in the women’s triple jump as she recorded her best career mark of 13.61m. In the men’s shot put, Courtney Lawrence’s 19.35m mark moved him to No. 3 all-time for Clemson and Jessica Johnson added her name to the top-10 list in the women’s high jump as she cleared 1.75m to secure second-place in the event.
- After clearing 1.75m in the women’s high jump, Jessica Johnson secured second-place in the event and added her name to Clemson’s all-time list as her mark ties her for eighth.
- In the women’s 800 meter, Meredith Finley (2:15.74) and Nicole Rizzo (2:18.77) both earned new personal bests in the event
- In the women’s 800 meter invitational, Gladys Chepngetich was first to cross the line with an exceptional time of 2:01.83 which secured her first-place and improved her mark on the all-time list at No. 3. The time would have placed her fourth in the nation going into the weekend.
- In the men’s 800 meter invitational, Tarees Rhoden was first to cross the line at 1:47.38 which is his best mark of the season in that event. Going…