Brittney Waller won the women’s weight throw with a school and facility record, while Clemson swept the men’s and women’s 60 hurdles to highlight a productive day at the Auburn Indoor Invitational on Saturday in Birmingham, AL. In all, Clemson won four events at the Birmingham CrossPlex facility.
Waller had an outstanding series Saturday morning. She topped 20.60 meters on four of her six throws, with a best of 21.00 meters (68’10.75”) on her final attempt of the session. Her best was over six feet further than her closest competitor. The previous Clemson women's weight throw record was set by Della Clark in 2007.
Bridgette Owens made her junior season debut a successful one, earning a victory in the 60-meter hurdles. She posted a time of 8.17 in the final. Jasmine Edgerson (8.46) was fourth, while Nnenya Hailey (8.49) took fifth place.
Spencer Adams claimed the top prize in the men’s 60 hurdles after running a time of 7.74 in a final that included several professionals. Marcus Maxey was fifth with a time of 7.98, although he ran 7.95 in the preliminary round.
Dezerea Bryant took the runner-up spot in the 60-meter dash to UCF standout Octavious Freeman. Bryant ran a time of 7.30 in the final. Stormy Kendrick was sixth place (7.45). Brianna Rollins produced a personal best in the 200 dash, with a time of 23.59. That was a tenth better than her previous best as a freshman in 2010. Kendrick was sixth in that event as well (24.04), while Marlena Wesh made her season debut and was eighth place (24.40).
Tevin Hester earned a pair of top-five finishes in the men’s sprints Saturday. He took third in the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of 21.40. Earlier in the day, he ran 6.74 to place fifth in the 60 dash. Reggie Lewis was fourth in the 200 (21.46) and ninth (6.80) in the 60.
Keisha Richburg led five Tiger females among the top 10 finishers in the 400-meter dash. The junior college transfer posted a time of 55.27. La’Mont Jackson was the top performer in the men’s quarter mile after crossing the finish line in 48.40.
Ty McCormack returned to competition for the first time since last May, and responded with a personal best in the men’s mile and near personal best in the 3000 meters. He took second place in the mile with a time of 4:08.66 – just outside the school’s top 10 list. McCormack then followed that up with another runner-up finish and time of 8:16.52 – less than a second off his personal best – in the 3K.
Aaron Ramirez was seventh with a time of 4:14.46, but was fifth in the 800 meters later in the afternoon after crossing the line in 1:52.64. Brianna Blanton was 15th in the women’s mile, turning in a personal best time of 5:02.47. Kate Borowicz took ninth out of 37 runners in the women’s 3K. She posted a time of 9:53.63 – a personal best for the red-shirt junior.
Mimi Land was fourth in the women’s high jump with a season-best clearance of 5’11.5”. Her mark is actually good enough for solo claim of second place on Clemson’s all-time performance list for the event, trailing only All-American April Sinkler. In the pole vault, Lauren Terstappen and Caroline Bond were fourth and fifth, respectively, after jumping 12’7.5”.
Shai Carpenter was fourth in the men’s triple jump. The sophomore out of the Greenville area put forth a mark of 49’11.25” in his first triple jump of the 2012-13 indoor season. Jameel Abdul-Mateen, Carpenter’s classmate, was fourth in the long jump after hitting 23’2.75”. In the women’s triple jump, senior Jasmine Brunson hit a mark of 40’9.75” to place third overall.
Marcus Brown was top 10 in two throwing events Saturday. The Gaithersburg, MD native was sixth in the weight throw with a season-opening mark of 53’10.5”. He followed a few hours later by claiming seventh place in the shot put. He threw a season-best 56’8” in that event, finishing one spot ahead of teammate Cory Thalheimer.
The teams will take next week off - with the exception of pentathlete Whitney Fountain - before returning to action in the prestigious New Balance Invitational in New York City on Feb. 1-2.