CLEMSON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern track and field programs open up the indoor season this weekend at the Clemson Orange and Purple Classic held at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex on January 6.
The one-day event will be held on a familiar surface for the Buccaneers after CSU competed there twice in the 2017 indoor season at the Clemson Invitational and the Tiger Tune-Up. The Tigers have already hosted their first event of the season with the Clemson Opener on December 9 with the 500m record going down courtesy of Clemson's Jeffrey Green.
CSU will compete in three more events in the time leading up to the Big South Conference Championships hosted by Liberty University this season on February 23-24. This includes the Commodore Invitational (January 12-13), the VMI Challenge (January 27) and the Liberty Elite Invitational (February 9-10).
The Bucs were picked third overall in the Big South men's indoor track and field preseason poll with CSU receiving 32 points overall. CSU returns several reigning champions to the squad from the Big South Championships including sophomore long jumper Niegel Simmons. Simmons paced the field last season with a final jump of 7.28m to lead the men's team. Timothy Davis (triple jump), Joshua Paramore (60m dash), and Frankie Thomas (high jump), also return to the squad after earning podium finishes last season in their respective events.
The Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex is a welcome sight for sophomore thrower Ryan Spiecha. The Fayetteville, Ga. native topped the school's indoor record last season at the Tiger Tune-Up with a throw of 15.54m to place fourth in the event. He added a top-10 finish at the Clemson Invitational last season.
On the women's side, the Bucs were selected fourth in the preseason poll with 37 points overall. CSU returns returns sophomore thrower Alexus Foreman who finished on the podium in her first Big South Championship. Foreman's toss of 13.43 in the shot put event put her second in the field to lead the Bucs.
Fellow sophomore thrower Milan Williams has also experienced success in Clemson, winning the individual title in the weight throw event and finishing fourth overall at the Clemson Invitational last season. She paced the field with a throw of 16.11m in the weight throw, while finishing fourth with a throw of 11.87m in the shot put event. She added a throw of 17.19m (the second longest throw in CSU history) in the Tiger Tune-Up.
The action begins on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with the women's pole vault and the men's triple jump. It will continue throughout the day with the final events, the men's and women's 4x400m relays starting at 7 p.m.
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