The ACC Track & Field Championships are highlighting some of Clemson football’s best. The Championships are being held at Clemson’s Rock Norman Complex, and everyone in town wants to watch the 60-meter dash.
Travis Padgett, the Clemson record-holder in the 100 outdoors, was second in the event a year ago to FSU’s Greg Bolden, and the Tigers’ Corey Brown was third.
Freshmen Jacoby Ford, who’s already left his imprint on Clemson athletics as a football player, has one of the three fastest times in the nation this year in the 60. His 6.60 won the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas and automatically qualified him for the NCAA nationals. It is the second fastest time by a collegian this season, trailing only Demi Omole of the University of Wisconsin by five-hundredths of a second.
Padgett, fifth in a special race against professionals at the Tyson Invitational, has a personal best 6.68 this season, Brown has hit 6.78. And football running back C.J. Spiller, whom Clemson speed coach Charles Foster says is the strongest of his sprinters, has a 6.85, fast enough for sixth place at last year’s meet.
Jacoby was also recently named ACC Track & Field Performer of the Week.