Clemson Olympic Sports Roundup


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CLEMSON - Clemson remains the nation's third-ranked golf team, according to the latest GCAA/Precept Coaches Poll.


The Tigers, who began last fall as the No. 1 team, trail only Florida and UCLA in the
rankings.


Clemson competed in the North Florida Collegiate Championship last weekend, where the Tigers finished in fourth place at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The tournament was the first of the spring season for Clemson.


Senior Gregg Jones finished third in the individual race with a one-under par total over the 54 holes.


The Precept Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches at Division I institutions. The next Precept Poll will be released Feb.y 26. Clemson next plays in the Puerto Rico Classic
from Feb. 22-24 in San Juan.


TRACK TEAMS HOSTING MEET


CLEMSON - The Clemson men's and women's track and field team will host the Tiger Invitational today at the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Facility.


Twenty-three men's teams will be competing at this weekend's meet. The meet is slated to begin at 11 a.m. with the distance medley relay, and the field events will start at 11:30 a.m. with the high jump. This will be the Tigers' final meet prior to the ACC Championships that will be held at Clemson Feb. 20-21.


On the track, Ronald Richards, Darius Acker and Robert Ibeh will compete in the 60m dash, while Roy Cheney, Lydell Perry and Rashad Gardner will contest the 60m hurdles. Ronald Richards, Warren Eure, Marquis Andrews, Michael Bolling, Darius Acker and Robert Ibeh will represent Clemson in the 200m. The 400m dash field will include Clemson's Michael Bolling, Marquis Andrews, Warren Eure, Rashad Gardner and Scott Kautz, while Mike Foley, Ahmad Rutherford and Clay Pendleton will compete in the 800m.


Four Tigers will run in the mile race, including Derrick Wyatt, Ryan Fenton, Clay Pendleton and Matt Pimentel, and Sean Reilly, Ryan Fenton, Eric Soder, Matt Pimentel, David Smith and Greg Isaacs will run in the 3000m. The Tigers will field three distance medley relay teams and three 4x400m relay teams, as well.


Rick Hill, Brent Hobbs, Ben Daniels, Ryan Koontz, Adam Linkenauger and Terrance McDaniel will represent Clemson in the high jump. Rick Hill, Ryan Hunter, Ryan Koontz, Brit Barrow and George Kitchens will compete in the long jump, and Adam Klotzbach will be the long Tiger in the pole vault. Ryan Koontz, Ryan Hunter, Nick Caramanico and Matt Lombardi will represent Clemson in the shot put, and Nick Caramanico and Danny Alge will compete in the weight throw.


Meanwhile, 24 teams will be competing at the women's meet.


The meet is slated to begin at 10 a.m. with the weight throw, and the track events will begin with the women's distance medley relay at 11:20 a.m. This will be the Lady Tigers' final meet prior to the ACC Championships that will be held at Clemson Feb. 20-21.


In the 60m dash, Jessica Cousins and Sybil Sobanjo will compete for the Lady Tigers, while Randi Hinton, Silja Ulfarsdottir, Shakirah Rutherford and Sobanjo will contest the 200m. Clemson's 400m entrants include Hinton, Ulfarsdottir, Rutherford, Christina Smith, Patrice McMillan, Sudati Masasu and Sobanjo. Casey Phillips, Jennifer Barton and LaToya Woodberry will take to the track in the 800m, and Barton will double in the mile run. Jelyn Quick, Marquita Dortch, Christina Moore, Charlynda Nyenke and Lauren Nicholson will compete in the 60m hurdles.


In the field events, Katie Pickett, Felicia Hawthorne, Katrina Moultrie, Michelle Rogers, Charlynda Nyenke and Christina Moore are the Lady Tigers' representatives in the high jump. Lauren Nicholson, Moultrie, Nyenke and Moore will also contest the long jump, and Moultrie and Rogers will compete in the triple jump as well. Sara Young and Beth Jordan will compete in the pole vault.


Della Clark, Allison Bradshaw and Krystal Woods will represent Clemson in the shot
put and weight throw, and Nicholson will also compete in the shot put.


TIGER TENNIS TEAM IN NEW YORK


CLEMSON - The 27th-ranked Clemson men's tennis team will travel to West Point, N.Y. this weekend to face off against Army, Princeton, and Columbia in dual matches.


The Tigers meet Columbia at 1 p.m. today, and will meet Army at 7 p.m. Clemson will face Princeton on Sunday afternoon.


Clemson is currently 6-2 on the season after splitting two matches last weekend. The Tigers defeated Toledo by a score of 7-0 before falling 6-1 to 15th-ranked Ohio State. Clemson junior Nathan Thompson is currently ranked 31st in the nation in singles competition according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Poll. Thompson pairs up with sophomore Jarmaine Jenkins to form the No. 17 ranked doubles team in the ITA poll.


Clemson is led by head coach Chuck Kriese in his 29th season. Kriese holds a 571-358 record, and is ranked as the sixth winningest active coach in NCAA Division I. The two-time National Coach-of-the-Year has led the Tigers to 20 NCAA Tournament appearances.


Army enters the weekend with a 2-0 record and is coming off two 7-0 victories last weekend against Connecticut and St. Peter's. The Black Knights earned straight set victories in 11 of the 12 singles pairings in the two matches. Senior John Sabia holds an 11-3 singles mark at the number one singles position. This will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools.


Princeton is currently 0-2 for the 2004 season after dropping decisions to #75 Central Florida (4-3) and Florida State (5-2). Princeton's Hans Plukas rallied to defeat Chris Westerhof of Florida State 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Plukas then joined with Andrew Lieu to down Joe Bassett and Jarrod Owen 8-3 in doubles action. Clemson last faced Princeton in 2002, and holds a 5-2 all-time record against the Tigers.


The Columbia Lions will meet Clemson for its 2004 season opener. Though Columbia lost its top player from 2003 Oscar Chow, who reached the final eight of the National Indoor Tournament and the Outdoor NCAA Tournament, the Lions return a core group from last year's team. Columbia will be led at the number one singles position by Akshay Rao, a former Indian Junior National Champion. The two teams last met during the 1970 season, with Clemson holding a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series.

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