EUGENE, Ore. – Clemson’s Grace Barnett shattered her own 1500m program record Thursday at the 2018 NCAA Track & Field Championships. The senior turned in a time of 4:11.07 to advance to Saturday’s championship final, besting her previous record of 4:13.62. Barnett placed fifth in an elite first heat, which was also good for fifth overall in the semifinal round. The Pawley’s Island, South Carolina native is one of twelve competitors to advance to Saturday’s final, which is slated for 6:41 p.m. on ESPN (subject to change), guaranteeing her Second Team All-American honors. If Barnett places in the top-8 Saturday, she will earn First Team All-American accolades.
In the women’s 800m semifinal, freshman Kamryn McIntosh achieved her personal best of 2:03.73 to garner Second Team All-American honors. McIntosh placed sixth in heat No. 2, which was also the ninth-fastest time of the day. The Hillburn, New York native remains No. 4 all-time in Clemson history and has PR’d in four of her last five races. Additionally, Fellan Ferguson placed sixth in the third heat to earn an 18th-place overall finish after running 2:06.74. The senior transfer concludes her Clemson career as the third-fastest 800m runner in Clemson history with her PR of 2:03.15.
Torie Robinson, Rebekah Smith, Ebony Williams and Markeeta Thomas also earned Second Team All-American honors after placing 13th in the women’s 4x100m relay. The group posted a time of 44.08 seconds as Thomas was the fourth competitor in heat No. 2 to cross the finish line.
In the final event for the Tigers Thursday, Thomas garnered her first career All-American distinction, earning a spot on the second team. Thomas achieved a time of 58.62 seconds. Thomas finished sixth in the second heat and 14th overall. In the first heat, sophomore Lakeisha Warner placed seventh with a time of 59.05 seconds.
Senior Jeremiah Green is set to represent the Clemson men Friday in the men’s triple jump finals at 8:40 p.m.
Thursday’s NCAA Championship Results
Women’s 4x100m relay
- Torie Robinson, Rebekah Smith, Ebony Williams, Markeeta Thomas, 44.08; Second Team All-America … placed fourth in heat No. 2
- Grace Barnett, 4:11.07 (Q); guaranteed Second Team All-America honors … program record
Women’s 3000m steeplechase
- Logan Morris, 10:18.68; placed 11th in heat No. 2
Women’s 100m dash
- Rebekah Smith, 11.41; placed eighth in heat No. 1
- Kamryn McIntosh, 2:03.73; Second Team All-America … personal best … ranks fourth in CU history … top-3 freshman finish in the event … placed sixth in heat No. 2 18. Fellan Ferguson, 2:06.74; placed sixth in heat No. 3
- Markeeta Thomas, 58.62; Second Team All-America … placed sixth in heat No. 2
19. Lakeisha Warner, 59.05; placed seventh in heat No. 1