Tye Hill Wins 1st ACC Crown

The Clemson men's track and field team finished second at the 2004 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships held this weekend at the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Rick Hill, Tye Hill and Adam Linkenauger led the Tigers on day two with individual titles in the heptathlon, 60m dash and high jump, respectively.

Tye Hill led the Tiger sprinters with his time of 6.73 in the 60m dash, winning his first ACC crown. The 60m title was the seventh consecutive for Clemson, which has not lost a 60m race since 1998 when the event was added to the conference meet. Ronald Richards and Airese Currie also scored in the 60m dash, finishing third and fourth with times of 6.82 and 6.86, respectively.

Richards earned his second All-ACC accolade of the day in the 200m, finishing second with a time of 21.54. Hill also earned all-conference honors, posting a time of 21.61 to place third. Currie scored for Clemson with a seventh-place finish and time of 22.26. Roy Cheney placed third in the 60m hurdles with a season-best and provisional qualifying time of 7.93, and Lydell Perry and Rick Hill were fifth and seventh to add points to Clemson's tally. Derrick Wyatt scored for Clemson in the 3000m, clocking a season-best time of 8:27.27. The Tigers' 4x400m relay team of Lydell Perry, Ronald Richards, Marquis Andrews and Cheney finished third with a time of 3:16.50.

Freshman Adam Linkenauger captured the ACC high jump title in his first conference meet, clearing a career-best and provisional qualifying mark of 7'2.25". Ryan Koontz and Ben Daniels each cleared 6'9" to place fifth and sixth. Jason Bell was the Tigers' top performer in the triple jump, recording a season-best mark of 49'0.25". Brit Barrow placed eighth in the triple jump, recording another season-best mark of 48'3.5".

Senior Rick Hill won the inaugural ACC heptathlon and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with 5,528 points. The native of Chapel Hill, NC, finished strong in the 1000m run to grab the first conference title in the event added to the conference meet this year. Three other Tigers scored in the heptathlon. Sophomore Brent Hobbs earned All-ACC honors with his runner-up finish and provisional qualifying score of 5,393 points. Senior Ryan Hunter finished fourth with 5,179 points, another provisional qualifying total, and sophomore Ryan Koontz tallied 5,107 points to take sixth place.

Clemson men's track and field returns to action next Saturday as the Tigers host the Clemson Classic.

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