EUGENE, Ore. – The Clemson women’s track and field team won two All-America accolades on Saturday on the final day of competition at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. As a team, the Clemson women finished tied for 33rd rank after obtaining 8 points.
“It’s been a great season,” said Mark Elliott, Clemson’s track and cross country director. âIt was a great moment to see both programs score points [points]. We obviously want to feel good, but we also have to start working for the next season. “
Laurie Barton closed an illustrious 2021 season on Saturday by finishing second overall in the women’s 800-meter final, crossing the finish line in 2: 00.65 with 400m intervals of 57.96 and 1:02, 70. Barton’s last time is a personal best which places her tied for 15th on the all-time college performance list and improves on her second all-time mark on the Top 10 Tigers list for the 800m in female outdoors. Going under 2:01, Barton’s time is the fastest mark ever for a Clemson woman in an NCAA 800m outdoor final. Saturday’s result makes Barton the national runner-up in the women’s indoor and outdoor 800m during the 2021 season.
“Laurie is a person you know you can almost [always] count on, âElliott added. âYou feel a calm when she runs, and it’s very rare to meet athletes like that. It [Laurie] put us on the board, which is great.
Veronica Fraley took home the honors of the United States’ second all-star at discus after throwing 56.41 meters (185 feet, 1 inch) with her third round throw. Fraley, who finished 17th in the shot put on Thursday, was eleventh overall in the discus on Saturday after completing a series of X-54.45m-56.41m in the first flight. The All-American honor for Fraley on record is only the second in program history, as Jamine Moton first gained recognition at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships by finishing 13th. Fraley and Moton are the only two women in program history to compete in the shot put and discus at the same NCAA outdoor championships.
Harleigh White competed in the triple jump and set a record 13.11m (43-0.25) in her second round attempt. White is the first Tiger to compete in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since Iana Amsterdam finished ninth in 2015.
The University of Southern California won the overall women’s team title scoring 74 points on Saturday.
The end of this year’s NCAA Championships marks the end of the 2020-2021 college track season, with all goals now set on qualifying for the next Olympics. The Tigers will see current and former members of the track and field program compete for a spot at the Olympics and NACAC Under-23 Championships in the coming weeks. Most notably, the US Olympic Trials will be held June 18-27 at Hayward Field, while the Jamaican Senior Nationals will be June 24-27.
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