As the student-athletes kicked off the new school year, the Clemson Athletic Department hosted the annual Solid Orange Picnic on Sunday, August 25. At the picnic, the Solid Orange Squad was honored to have President Barker present the seventh award for the President's Pride Cup. The President's Pride Cup is the highest honor that an athletic team can receive from Clemson University.
The award aims to honor a team that excels both on and off the field. The award is calculated based on four separate categories: Community Outreach, Academics, Athletics and Leadership.
- The Community Outreach category points are awarded through the total number of services hours recorded per a team.
- The Academics category points are calculated through a ranking of the team's GPA.
- The Athletics category points are awarded based upon team accomplishments, which include final rankings and championships.
- The Leadership category points include any national and conference honors, awards, or recognition by individuals on each team.
Points are awarded in each category and then the team's total points are calculated to determine a winner.
This year's results were the closest balloting to date with the final rankings as follows:
- Women's Indoor Track & Field and Cross Country - 95 points
- Rowing - 83 points
- Women's Tennis - 64 points
- Diving - 60 points
- Football - 51 points
This is the fourth consecutive year that the track & field and cross country team has won this distinguished honor.
Some of the team's accomplishments include for the 2012-13 season include:
- Ranked sixth in the nation in the final poll.
- Won the Indoor and Outdoor ACC Championship for the fourth consecutive season.
- Placed seven members on the All-America team and 11 members on the All-ACC team.
- Brittney Waller was honored as a recipient of the ACC Top 6 Award.
- In addition to six ACC individual and relay championships, Brianna Rollins was the national champion in the 60 hurdles.