No. 5 Clemson strong at Auburn Invite
Tigers’ Bryant wins 200 meters, runner-up in 60-meters
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- No. 5 Clemson put on a solid showing at the Auburn Invitational.
Dezerea Bryant just missed out on an automatic qualifying time in the 60-meters. She was third in that event and first place in the 200-meters on Saturday for the Tigers. Bryant clocked a 7.25 in the 60 and a 23.51 in the 200.
Clemson's other NCAA qualifier to this point, Brianna Rollins, was runner-up in the women's 60 hurdles but the top collegiate performer. She clocked an 8.11. Bridgette Owens was third behind her with an 8.19, a personal best in the event. Keni Harrison, was sixth (8.37).
Bryant finished two spots ahead of Stormy Kendrick (7.33) in the 60. Bryant outran teammate Marlena Wesh in the 200 by a matter of hundredths.
Nia Fluker was Clemson's best performer in the 400-meters with a time of 55.18 and a seventh-place finish. Brianna Blanton was fourth in the 800-meters with a time of 2:13.21.
Alyssa Kulik and Kim Ruck were solid in the distance events. Kulik easily surpassed her personal best in the mile and finished in third place Saturday with a time of 4:49.40. Ruck posted an eighth-place finish against a strong field in the 3000-meter run, with a solid season-opening time of 9:32.59.
The women's 4x400 relay capped the evening's track events with a victory for the second consecutive week. The team of Harrison, Rollins, Fluker and Wesh combined to a time of 3:34.97, a season-best and just shy of an automatic NCAA berth for the Tigers.
In the weight throw, Brittney Waller was solid with a fourth-place effort. She had a top mark of 62'3.25" on Saturday. In the pole vault, sophomore Lauren Terstappen was third with a season-best clearance of 12'11.5" and classmate Christy Gasparino was fifth at 12'7.5".