"Getting 16 kids to the NCAA meet, while it's still the first and second rounds, at least shows that we're moving in the right direction as it relates to improvement," head coach Mark Elliott said. "Several of our kids have legitimate shots to make it to the final rounds in Eugene. Right now, seed marks don't count, so it comes down to competition. The numbers we have going project us to do well."
The men's team qualified nine members of its squad, while seven from the Tiger women's team are scheduled to make the trip to Jacksonville. Lindsey Bellaran narrowly missed the cut in the 800 meters, but is an alternate for the women's 4x400 relay. Nia Fluker, who also qualified with the relay, missed the field by one hundredth of a second.
Four Clemson athletes qualified for the East Prelims in multiple events, led by Whitney Fountain. The outdoor junior declared in the long jump and triple jump, and also expects to be part of Clemson's sixth-ranked women's 4x4 next weekend. The other multi-event qualifiers are Olivia James, Mimi Land and Marlena Wesh.
The women's triple jump proved to be Clemson's most fruitful event, as the Tigers boast four of the 48 accepted entries.
Clemson's NCAA East Preliminary Round qualifiers
Jameel Abdul-Mateen - Long Jump
Iana Amsterdam - Triple Jump
Lindsey Bellaran - 4x400 (alternate)
Marcus Brown - Shot Put
Shai Carpenter - Triple Jump
Nia Fluker - 4x400
Whitney Fountain - 4x400, Long Jump, Triple Jump
Tevin Hester - 100
Olivia James - 400, 4x400
Mimi Land - High Jump, Triple Jump
Reggie Lewis - 100
James Plummer - Discus
Michael Smith - 400 Hurdles
Anasterasia Terrell - Triple Jump
Torian Ware - High Jump
Marlena Wesh - 400, 4x400