By James Vallone
CLEMSON, S.C. – The Shorter track and field teams will take part in the Tiger Paw Invitational on the campus of Clemson University. The meet will feature over 1,300 athletes at the school's indoor complex.
The Tiger Paw gets underway at 2:00 PM on Friday with multiple field events and the qualifying rounds of the 60 dash and 60 hurdles. Invitational section finals for the 60 dash will be held at 3:20, followed by the 60 hurdles at 3:35. Invitational finals for the 200 are set for 5:05 (women) and 5:20 (men). Clemson will also hold invitational sections for the 800 meters on Friday.
The last time the Lady Hawks took the track was two weeks ago as part of the Emory Crossplex Invitational and were highlighted by Ayana Walker winning both the 400m (56.41) and 200m (24.83) dashes, with Ashley Ballard trailing behind in second in the quarter mile race (57.04) and Lakeisha Spikes in the third position in the 200m (25.12). The trio tagged along with Daisy Helm to win the 4x400 relay in a season's best 3:49.01.
Not to be outdone, the men were equally impressive, with Kirk Wilson (6.82) and Allen Huntley (6.86) taking charge in the men's 60m. Adika Smith (21.95) continued to drop his time in the 200m dash, while Cole Rice dipped below 50 in the 400m dash (49.59). Rice, Smith, Huntley, and Wilson teamed up for the mile relay, finishing in third place at 3:21.41.