By Rochelle Black
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Shorter wrapped up its regular season this weekend at the Tiger Paw Invitational on the campus of Clemson University. The Tigers welcomed over 25 colleges and universities, including such notable teams such as the University of South Carolina, Gardner Webb, and former NAIA rival Embry Riddle.
Kirk Wilson's 6.75 clocking in the 60-meter dash wasn't a personal best, nor was it a school record. However, the junior from Arizona's time was good enough to earn him 4th place overall, and more importantly, qualified him for the US Indoor National Championships. Wilson then went on the run a season's best 21.84 in the 200-meter dash finals, besting teammates Adika Smith (22.33) and Allen Huntley (22.41). The trio joined with Chad White to compete in the 4x400-meter relay to close the day, finishing in a time of 3:23.
Ayana Walker dropped down to the 60-meter dash this week, and showed that the Jenkins County High School product is a jack-of-all-trades, crossing the line in 7.89 seconds. Lakeisha Spikes got the best of Walker, finishing 6th overall with a near personal best of 7.71 seconds. Walker did manage to beat Spikes to the line in the 200-meter dash, finishing ahead of the pack in 25.31 seconds.
Rachel McDaniel rewrote the record books with her performance in the women's 800-meter run. Her 2:19.10 time broke a four year record by five seconds. This puts McDaniel as the 3rd ranked woman in the current NCCAA rankings.
Freshman Madison Sears also broke a record on the day. The women's weight throw record was extended to 44'2.5" as Sears bettered her record in her signature event.
All eyes turn to Marion, Indiana, for the NCCAA Indoor National Championships, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University. The meet begins February 15 at 6pm, and concludes Saturday evening.