Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of May 1-2

May 2, 2010

Season Bests Fall For Florida State At Stanford
All three runners who competed at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Stanford, Calif. turned in stellar performances as season bests for each runner fell during the meet.

Opening up competition was David Forrester who set a season best in the 1500m run when he clocked a 3:43.32 to finish 10th in the most competitive section of the event.

Meanwhile, in the 5000m run the duo of Matt Leeder and Mike Fout were both in action. Leeder ran a 14:04.18 to finish in 20th place in the top section.

Fowler, Sinkler Pace Tiger Track & Field Teams vs. Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State
Josh Fowler of the men's track & field team and April Sinkler from the women's squad captured event championships in the jumps on Saturday to pace Clemson's efforts in a duel meet with Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State. Sinkler continued her outstanding season by winning the high jump and long jump, while Fowler won the triple jump over a hometown favorite at Georgia Tech's outdoor track facility.

Fowler was the biggest surprise of the day for the Tigers. After a third-place showing (24'5.5") in the long jump, he made his mark in the Tiger record books in the triple jump. Going up against Georgia Tech star Alphonso Jordan, the Inman, SC native held his own and moved to the front of the field on his fourth and final jump when he hit a personal best 51'3.5". His mark was enough to earn the victory and was actually the fourth-best triple jump effort in Clemson's decorated men's track & field history.

Sinkler, named the ACC's Most Valuable Field Event Athlete two weeks ago, was at full strength Saturday for the women's team. She won the high jump and long jump, with outdoor personal bests in both events. She first took the long jump crown with a jump of 21'1.25", before moving on to the high jump. Sinkler came down to her last attempt at 6'0", but she showed her mettle by becoming the first female in school history to surpass the six-foot barrier in the outdoor version of the event.

Georgia Tech Women Sweeps Clemson and Kennesaw State, Men Split
The Georgia Tech women's track & field team knocked off Clemson (120-58) and Kennesaw State (118-72), while the men's team beat the Tigers (116-66) and fell to the Owls (102-90) at a tri-dual meet between the three schools on Saturday afternoon at Griffin Track.

Things got underway on the afternoon with the women's hammer throw, in which Tech's Alana Clooten captured first place honors with a final mark of 182 feet, three inches. Clooten beat out her nearest competitor in the event by almost 22 feet.

In the women's track events, several Jacket sprinters set new personal bests. First in the 100m dash, Jenae Anderson captured the event with a new personal best time of 11.75. Anderson also captured the 200m dash, with a time of 24.03, which was also a personal best

Dow adds Hokies' third distance title at Jessie Owens Classic
The Hokie distance crew capped off the Jessie Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday in stellar fashion for the Virginia Tech track and field squads, adding another title in the final day of action.

Tech received a strong effort from freshman Sammy Dow in the women’s mile run to begin the day. Dow clocked a 4:58.40 in the race en route to the Hokies’ third distance title of the meet. In the men’s mile, freshman Jared Berman ran a time of 4:13.31 to finish second overall.

In other distance action, junior Nick McLaughlin placed fourth in the men’s 800-meter run with a career-best time of 1:50.36, shattering his former personal-best clocking of 1:51.28.

NC State Jumpers, Sprinters, Throwers Compete at Ohio State
Several Wolfpack sprinters, jumpers and throwers competed at the Jesse Owens Track Classic today in Columbus, Ohio. Lawanda Henry, sophomore from Dunn, posted a season-best throw of 15.85 meters to finish tied for fifth in the shot put, while Salisbury senior Jason Jones’ 17.92 meter mark in the men’s shot was his third-best distance of 2010.

Kayla Lawson, a senior who was competing near her hometown of Westerville, Ohio, tied for ninth in the high jump at 1.65 meters, while Brittany McCain, a sophomore from Monroe, was 20th in the discus at 44.02m.

Freshman Ben Major of Fayetteville finished 9th in the 400 meter hurdles, clocking in at 53.87, the second-fastest time he has run in that event in 2010. Senior Reggie Reese, a Raleigh native, finished 11th in the 100 meters with a time of 10.64 and clocked in at 22.19 in the 200 meters to finish 26th.