Jacoby Ford led a 1-2-3 sweep of the men's 100m dash Saturday to lead Tiger track & field at the ACC Outdoor Championships. It marked the first sweep of the three spots in that event since Clemson did it 2001 with Jacey Harper, Larry Griffin, and Sultan Tucker.
Clemson finished the men's competition in sixth place with 69 points.
Florida State and Virginia were co-champions with 141 apiece. On the
women's side, Florida State took first with 160 points. Clemson was
eighth in the final standings, with 44 points.
Ford posted a strong effort in winning his first-ever ACC outdoor
championship. The reigning NCAA indoor champion in the 60m dash posted a
time of 10.28 into a slight headwind to run away with Saturday's crown.
C.J. Spiller was runner-up after posting a regional-qualifying time of
10.49. It was Spiller's second All-ACC honor in the 100m dash. Trenton
Guy also claimed his first individual all-conference accolade by virtue of
his third-place showing (10.51). He also qualified for the East Region
meet. Justin Murdock (10.75) was fifth.
Ford became the sixth different Clemson sprinter to win both the indoor
60m dash and outdoor 100m dash in the same season. Shawn Crawford (1998)
was the first to accomplish the feat. The double was also previously
accomplished by Jacey Harper (2001), Dwight Thomas (2002), Tye Hill
(2004), and Travis Padgett (2008).
It marked the fourth straight year a Clemson athlete has claimed the 100m
dash, and ninth time in the last 12 years of the event. Padgett won the
crown each of the last three seasons, prior to Ford's triumph Saturday.
Clemson's decorated two-sport star continued his outstanding meet, as he
was runner-up in the 200m dash. Ford turned in a season-best time of
20.88 to lead the Clemson contingent. Guy was sixth (21.18), while
Spiller came across seventh (21.56) in the event.
Ford Captures 100m Dash
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