Currie, Hill to Compete in Track and Field Championships
CLEMSON, SC - Thirteen members of the Clemson men's track and field
team have been accepted into the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field
Championships. Michael Bolling, Roy Cheney, Airese Currie, Warren
Eure, Larry Griffin, Jacey Harper, Rick Hill, Tye Hill, George
Kitchens, Ryan Lewis, Itay Magidi, Ronald Richards and Otto Spain
will compete for the Tigers at this year's meet, scheduled for June
11-14 on the campus of Sacramento State University. The Tigers will
compete in nine events, including the 100m, 200m, 400m, 3000m
steeplechase, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, long jump, pole vault and
Currie will compete in the 100m and 200m, and also as a member of the
Tigers' 4x100m relay team. The sophomore from Columbia, SC, was the
East Region Champion in the 100m dash with a personal-best time of
10.29. Currie also automatically advanced to the NCAA Championships
in the 200m dash, clocking a lifetime-best of 20.65 to place third at
the region meet. He was also a member of Clemson's 400m relay team
that posted a time of 39.73 to place fourth at the East Region
Championships. Entering the NCAA Championships, Currie is ranked
19th in the 100m and 12th in the 200m. The 4x100m relay team of
Griffin, Harper, Currie and Tye Hill is 15th with its time of 39.73.
Rick Hill will compete in the decathlon at this year's Championships.
The junior from Chapel Hill, NC, provisionally qualified for the
national meet with a career-best 7,327 points tallied at the Orange &
Purple Classic. Hill was the 2003 ACC Champion in the decathlon, and
also won the Orange & Purple meet. He is ranked 21st entering the
NCAA Championships, and is fourth on Clemson's all-time decathlon
Kitchens was an East Region Champion, winning the long jump to
automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. The sophomore from
Hephzibah, GA, has a season-best leap of 25'10.75", recorded at the
Georgia Tech Invitational. Kitchens is Clemson's all-time leader in
the long jump outdoor, and he was the 2003 Penn Relays collegiate
champion in the event.
Lewis received an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, placing
fourth in the pole vault at the East Region Championships. The
senior from Roswell, GA, cleared 16'7.25" at the region meet, and has
a lifetime best effort of 16'10.75" to rank third on Clemson's career
list. He was the 2000 ACC Champion, and also earned all-conference
honors in 2002 and 2003.
Magidi was also an East Region Champion, claiming the 3,000m
steeplechase with a lifetime-best 8:40.80. Earlier in the season,
the freshman from Yavne, Israel, placed second at the ACC
Championships to earn all-conference honors. He is ranked eighth in
the nation entering the national meet, and is third on Clemson's
Spain will compete in the 400m after earning an at-large bid with his
season-best time of 45.57 set at the Orange & Purple Classic. The
senior from Columbia, SC, is ranked seventh on the national list
entering the NCAA Championships, and ranks fourth on Clemson's career
list. Spain was the 2003 ACC Champion in the 400m, and is also a
member of the Tigers' 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. The Tigers'
1600m relay team is comprised of Bolling, Cheney, Eure and Spain and
is ranked tied for 15th with a time of 3:07.23 set at the Georgia
Tech Invitational. Richards will travel to Sacramento as the Tigers'
alternate for the relay team.