Upstate makes Final Solid Showing At Tiger Paw Invitational Before Atlantic Sun Championships Next Weekend
CLEMSON, S.C.-With most of its track and field teams resting up for the Atlantic Sun Championships in Johnson City, Tenn. next weekend, USC Upstate's men's and women's track and field teams turned in solid performances, despite the limited activity on the final day of Tiger Paw Invitational at the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex.
"I really feel as if we came here and performed well, and while there aren't any major individual performances to speak of from this afternoon, I am really pleased with how this group is coming together before next weekend's A-Sun championships in Johnson City, said head track and field coach Jimmy Stephens.
In the women's 200-meter dash, sprinter Ashley Edmond was once again strong in of her better events, as she posted a time of 27.00 in the competition. That impressive mark helped Edmond, a freshman from Columbia, S.C., continue her strong season and nearly bested her previous school mark of 26.54 in the event which she set a couple of weeks ago at the JRF Combined Events Invitational.
The Upstate men's track team came through with a school-record on the day in the 4x400 relay. Michael Meissner, Matt Johnson, Michael Johnson and Kalib Law helped the Spartan relay team to an eighth-place finish and a new school-record time of 3:22.33 for an eighth-place finish. That record shattered the previous mark of 3:28.80, which was set at the JRF Invitational a couple of weeks ago.
Meissner competed strong for the Upstate men's sprint team on Saturday, finishing with a time of 23.06 in the 200-meter dash en route to finishing 19th. Another strong performance was turned in from freshman Michael Johnson, as he posted a 13th-place finish in the men's 400-meter dash, clocking a time of 51.35 in the event.
Upstate returns to the track at the A-Sun Championships next weekend in Johnson City. "This team is coming together at the right time. We felt this weekend was a good time to rest a lot of our athletes, while getting some competition for others at the same time. It offered us a chance to get well and get our legs under us headed into next weekend's championship meet and I am excited about this team's prospects," said Stephens.