Junior All-American Rachel Longfors (Erhard, Minn.) posted an NCAA provisional mark with a toss of 19.58m/64-3.00 which was good enough for fourth place in an event that featured the world and collegiate record holders in the weight throw.
Senior Scarlett Ekeroma (Orlando, Fla.) placed fifth in the only event the Gators competed in Friday with a toss of 18.28m/59-11.75, while Jennifer Wynn (Douglasville, Ga.) took sixth with a mark of 18.26m/59-11.00. Also competing for the Gators were Angela Rose (Niceville, Fla.), who set a personal best mark in the weight throw at 15.37m/50-5.25, and Sara Cooper (Bayonet Point, Fla.), who notched a mark of 15.52m/50-11.
"I thought we competed really well today," Associate Head Coach Larry Judge said. "Candice Scott had her second-best throw of her life and I was very pleased with the way Scarlett Ekeroma, Rachel Longfors, and Jennifer Wynn competed against some very good competition. Overall, I was very happy with our effort from all of our athletes."
Sophomore Blake Taylor (Lansdale, Pa.) leads the two Gators competing at the Clemson meet by standing in fourth place after the first day's events with 2,814 points with a tie for second in the long jump as his highest finish of the day. Freshman Kurt Lee (Spring Hill, Fla.) is in 15th place entering the final day of competition with 2,439 points.
Action continues tomorrow at the UNC Invitational with the women's team having athletes in action in the shot put and pole vault. Both Taylor and Lee will compete in the heptathlon at the Clemson meet.
Clemson Heptathlon Day One Individual Results: 1. Maurice Smith, Auburn - 3,266 points 2. Brent Hobbs, Clemson - 2,927 points 3. Keith Baker, Alabama - 2,906 points 4. Blake Taylor, Florida - 2,814 points 5. Greg McCormick, Georgia Tech - 2,783 points 6. Ryan Koontz, Clemson - 2,697 points 7. Javier Garcia-Tunon, Unattached - 2,694 points 8. Kyle Shaw, Clemson - 2,631 points 9. Ned Ashley, Auburn - 2,562 points 10. Kayne Dakoski, Unattached - 2,542 points 11. Matt Harlfinger, Western Carolina - 2,486 points 11. Matt Frith, Florida State - 2,468 points 13. Bobby Robinson, Western Carolina - 2,466 points 14. Michael Feathers, Unattached - 2,459 points 15. Kurt Lee, Florida - 2,439 points 16. Dave Bowles, Western Carolina - 2,164 points 17. Matt Vogtner, Alabama - 1,910 points