Harris Captures Second Place with Personal Best in High Jump
CLEMSON, S.C. – Freshman Keyanna Harris turned in a personal best mark with a 1.65 (5'5") in the High Jump elite section at the Tiger Paw Invitational on the first day of the two-day meet. Teammate Amber Vaughn, who also competed in the elite section of the High Jump, tied her personal best performance with a 1.55 (5'1"), matching her effort at the Orange & White Winter Classic at this same facility in December 2012.
"The High Jump was a big highlight for us today," said Head Track & Field Coach Marlo Mincey. "It was great to see Keyanna come in and do some things that we always knew she was capable of, and seeing that breakthrough today, we couldn't be happier for her. "
High marks in the High Jump weren't the only highlights of the day. Senior Sara Curry took ninth place in the invite-only 5,000m race with a time of 19:07.53. Jasmine Walker placed 12th overall with a 5.27m distance in the Long Jump, just inches short of a top-10 finish. Senior Ebony Carter narrowly missed qualifying for the 60m Dash finals in the Invitational section, but posted her second-best time of the season with a 7.70. With one of her top-three times of the indoor season, Jasmine Billings was also up against some tough competition in the 60m Hurdles (9.09) elite section, as the Eagles were among more than 600 competitors in the women's events.
In the Weight Throw, Alexis Jacobs and Kelsey Chandler finished within two spots of each other, but both under their performances from their last trip to Clemson. Jacobs posted a 12.10m (39'8") and Chandler a 11.73m (38'6") distance.
"Our goal for this weekend was to get a little sharper in some areas and work on some of our weaknesses in other areas," Mincey said. "Everyone is excited to compete, to see where the training pays off, and this is another step toward preparing for our championships."
The Tiger Paw Invitational continues Saturday morning as the Eagles competing in the Shot Put and Triple Jump begin their events at 10. The 60m Dash preliminaries start the racing events at 11 a.m. with the final women's event of the day, the 4X400m Relay, set for Saturday at 6:45 p.m. Results are posted soon after the conclusion of each event at timinginc.com.
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CLEMSON TIGER PAW INVITATIONAL RESULTS
60m Dash Invitational
Ebony Carter, 7.70
60m Hurdles Invitational
Jasmine Billings, 9.09
5,000m Run Invitational
Sara Curry, 19:07.53
High Jump Invitational
Keyanna Harris, 1.65m (5'5"), personal best
Amber Vaughn, 1.55m (5'1"), ties personal best
Long Jump Invitational
Jasmine Walker, 5.27m (17'3.5")
Brianna Charles, 4.65m (15'3.25")
Alexis Jacobs 12.10m (39'8")
Kelsey Chandler, 11.73m (38'6")
Mallory Fannin, 9.82m (32'3")
EAGLES' SATURDAY SCHEDULE
60m Dash Preliminaries
60 m Hurdles Preliminaries
1 mile Run
Thomas, King, Dana Edwards, Parker
Vaughn, Deanna Edwards, Rasheed, Felton
Toomer, Hill, White, Tipton
- Category: Track & Field
- Published on Sunday, 31 December 1899 19:00