Women's Track Wins at Clemson

The fourth-ranked Florida women's track and field team won the Clemson Invitational, while the number four ranked squad had three individuals post provisionals with the 4X400-meter relay clocking one of the fastest times in the nation this year at the Wes Kittley 6-Way in Lubbock, Texas as the teams competed in meets Saturday afternoon.

Four members of the women's squad posted automatic or provisional times as the Gators won the Clemson Invitational with 137.5 points, finishing ahead of number three South Carolina, which posted 124. For the men, senior Kyle Farmer (Columbia, Md.) and sophomores Mike Morrison (Willingboro, N.J.) and Kerron Clement (La Porte, Texas) each posted provisionals in the Gators' second meet of the season.

"This was a good win for us," Florida Head Coach Tom Jones said. "South Carolina is a very good team and taking home a victory in a meet with this sort of competition is a good step for our team. We had five wins today and they were all nice performances."

Florida's men's 4X400m team of junior Stefan Pastor (Columbia, Md.), sophomore Reggie Witherspoon (Marietta, Ga.), junior Sekou Clarke (Kingston, Jamaica) and Clement clocked a blazing 3:06.81 --- the third fastest time in school history.

"I'm pleased with the way we competed," Florida coach Mike Holloway said. "We had good performances across the board, especially since we were competing away from home for the first time this season. Kerron and Kyle both did well and so did our 4X400 relay. We got what we expected, which was a solid performance."

For the women, sophomore All-American Tiandra Ponteen (St. Kitts) claimed first place in her first action in the 400-meter this year clocking in at an NCAA provisional time of 52.99. Freshman Nadine Palmer (Manchester, Jamaica) bested her own personal mark in the 60m and set a NCAA provisional mark of 7.39. Senior Liz Wanless (Belleville, Ill.) claimed her third victory of the year in the shot put and posted another NCAA automatic qualifying mark with a toss of 17.17m/56-04. Senior All-American Candice Scott (Port of Spain, Trinidad) finished second in the shot put and posted a second provisional mark of her own on the year with a heave of 16.19/53-05.

Also adding personal victories for Florida were senior All-American Krystle Moss (Alexandria, Va.) in the high jump with a leap of 1.76m/5-09.25 and Chandra Lacombe (Winter Haven, Fla.) in the pole vault clearing the bar at 3.81m/12-06.

For the men, Clement won the 200m dash in a provisional time of 20.93 with Farmer taking second in 21.00, while Morrison added a provisional leap of 2.17m/7-1.50 in the high jump to lead Florida.

In addition to the provisionals, senior Josh Walker (Stone Mountain, Ga.) barely missed out on a provisional in the 55m hurdles in winning the event in 7.37, while junior Alex Harris (Tampa, Fla.) won the triple jump in 14.63m/48-0, junior Shane Stroup (Highland, Md.) captured the 800m in 1:53.79, sophomore Jet Theriac (Satellite Beach, Fla.) won the weight throw with a personal best of 15.59m/51-1.75 and freshman Henok Lechebo (Toronto, Ontario) won the 3,000m in 8:24.64.

Junior Garrett Penton (Clermont, Fla.) took second in the pole vault with a indoor personal-best mark of 4.91m/16-1.25, while senior Dwight Ruff (Sicklerville, N.J.) finished second in the 55m hurdles in 7.43 and freshman Andrew Martin (Coral Gables, Fla.) wound up second in the 800m in 1:54.28.

A portion of the men's team returns to action for the Clemson Heptathlon Championships Jan. 28-29 in Clemson, S.C. The women are back in action Feb. 6 at home in the Gator Invitational beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Clemson Invitational Results: Florida 137.5 South Carolina 124
Georgia 89
Clemson 68.5
Auburn 56
Alabama 53
Miss State 40
Virginia Tech 9
N.C. State 5

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