Shawn Crawford Wins 200m At US Olympic Trials
CLEMSON, SC - Two former Tiger track and field standouts will represent the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games. Shawn Crawford captured the 200m title on Sunday to qualify in his second event at the Olympic Trials, while Duane Ross placed second in the 110m hurdles to also be named to the 2004 US Olympic Team. The 200m dash crown was Crawford's first Olympic Trial victory. The former NCAA Champion in the 200m crossed the finish line in 19.99 to capture the win, although he recorded his fastest time of the meet, a 19.88, in the preliminaries. Crawford was the top finisher in each round of the 200m, winning the preliminaries, the semi-finals (20.00) and the finals.
Crawford will also compete in the 100m dash at the 2004 Olympic Games after finishing third in that event with a time of 9.93. By finishing among the top three in the 100m, Crawford is also automatically included in the 4x100m relay pool. In June, he recorded this year's world-fastest time in the 100m with a time of
9.88 in winning the Prefontaine Classic.
Crawford was the 2001 200m gold medalist at the World Indoor Championships and was third in the event in 2000. In 2002, he captured the USA Indoor 200m championship. Crawford was also a member of Team USA in 2003, competing in the 200m after finishing second at USA Indoor. During his collegiate career at Clemson, Crawford was the 1998 and 2000 NCAA Champion in the 200m indoor, and the 2000 NCAA Champion in the 200m outdoor. Crawford ranks among the Tigers' all-time leaders, holding the second-fastest 200m time in Clemson history (20.09). The 1998 and 2000 ACC Outdoor Performer of the Year was also named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary team. He won 11 ACC Championships during his career, and was named All-ACC 12 times.
Duane Ross, the 1995 NCAA Champion in the 110m hurdles, will also compete at the 2004 Olympic Games after finishing second in the high hurdles at the US Olympic Trials. Ross crossed the finish line in 13.21, his meet-best time, to make his first US Olympic Team. In the quarterfinals of the event, he posted a time of 13.30 to advance to the semi-finals where he recorded a 13.25.
Ross was the 1999 World Outdoor bronze medalist in the 110m hurdles, and finished fourth in the event at the USA Outdoors. He completed his 2002 campaign ranked eighth in the world, then ranked fifth in the world in the high hurdles in 2003. In 2004, he finished as the runner-up in the 60m hurdles at the USA Indoor meet. While competing for Clemson, Ross was a seven-time All-American, and captured the
1995 NCAA Championship in the 100m hurdles. He won the ACC Championships in the 55m hurdles indoor in 1993 and 1995, and was the 110m hurdle champion in 1992 and 1995. Ross was also a member of the Tigers' conference champion 4x100m relay team in 1995, a foursome that finished fifth in the nation that year.
Andy Giesler, another former Tiger, placed seventh in the decathlon at the Olympic Trials. Giesler accumulated 7,770 points during the qualifying meet. During his career at Clemson, Giesler earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the decathlon. He is Clemson's all-time leader in the event with 7,619 points. Giesler was the ACC decathlon champion in 2000 and 2001.