Clemson Women Second, Men Third at Armory Collegiate Invitational
CLEMSON, SC – Brianna Rollins won her second event of the weekend to lead the Clemson women to a runner-up finish at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Saturday in New York City. The women finished just four points behind LSU (73) in their bid for a second straight team title at the Armory. The Clemson men continued its improvement by finishing third place, trailing only national powers Texas A&M and LSU in the team standings.
With a 60 hurdles meet record already in the bag, Rollins claimed a second gold medal of the weekend when she raced to a personal best time of 23.22 in the 200-meter dash Saturday afternoon. Rollins was awarded Armory Collegiate MVP honors at the conclusion of the event. Her time in the 200 ranks second-best in school history.
The women’s team, ranked No. 1 in the latest USTFCCCA calculations, received several additional outstanding performances Saturday. Brittney Waller improved on her school record in the weight throw and finished third overall with a mark of 69’9”. Marlena Wesh took bronze in the 400 dash with a time of 53.36 – her season debut in her trademark event.
The 4x400 relay team of Nnenya Hailey, Keni Harrison, Keisha Richburg and Marlena Wesh ran to its best time of the young indoor season after crossing the finish line in 3:38.06. Clemson finished runner-up to Arkansas in that event.
Also among the Tiger women, Dezerea Bryant took fourth in the 200 dash with a time of 23.52, while senior Jasmine Brunson placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 41’0.25”.
The Clemson men trailed only Texas A&M (62) and LSU (53.5) in the standings with its cumulative total of 48 points. On Saturday, the Tiger men’s program also had several top performances.
Torian Ware followed up a school record two weeks ago in the high jump with a 7’2.25” clearance Saturday and runner-up showing. Tevin Hester, a dynamic freshman sprinter, took third place in the 200 final with a time of 21.25. Teammate Reggie Lewis was ninth in the 200.
In the 400, newcomer Brunson Miller clocked a second straight Clemson best with a time of 47.33, topping his preliminary time by .12 seconds and earning a sixth-place finish. A final men’s athlete earning points for the team on Saturday was sophomore Shai Carpenter, sixth in the triple jump. He hit a mark of 49’5”.
The teams return to action next weekend in two meets. Clemson will host the Tiger Paw Invitational on Feb. 8-9 at the school’s indoor track, while selected athletes will make the trek north to compete at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet in Blacksburg, VA.