Bucs take four titles, 12 top-three finishes at Clemson Orange & Purple Open

Bucs take four titles, 12 top-three finishes at Clemson Orange & Purple Open

CLEMSON, S.C. - Four different individual titles and 12 finishes among the top three highlighted a strong performance from the Charleston Southern men's track and field team at the Buccaneers' season-opening meet at the Clemson Orange & Purple Open.

Vincent Johnson showed little rust in his first action in easily capturing the men's 60m hurdles title, while Ryan Spiecha (shot put), Andrew Akright (mile) and Matt Inman (3000m) held off teammates to take top honors in their respective events.


Top Three

Vincent Johnson showed little rust in the men's 60m hurdles preliminaries as the junior took top honors in the early round with a time of 8.25. He shaved 0.25 off his time in the finals to run away with championship honors after crossing the line in 8.00.

Terik Johnson, Zak Mahdaoui, and Trayvon Harris took on the men's 400m dash field for the Buccaneers. Johnson was the top finisher in 52.60 to place 14th overall. Mahdaoui was 16th in 53.02, while Harris rounded out the trio in 17th in 53.37.

Justin Green was fifth overall in the field following the men's 60m dash preliminaries. The junior crossed the line in 7.11 to advance to the finals. Chukwudi Ezenwa finished 18th in the fast-paced field in 7.35. Green finished seventh overall in the finals with a time of 7.14.

Keith Terry was second overall in the men's 800m race to lead the Bucs. The senior started out at a fast pace but was narrowly held off at the finish line in crossing in 1:59.01.

Justin Green continued his strong afternoon with a third-place result in the men's 300m dash. The junior crossed the line in 34.97 to lead the Bucs.

Timothy Davis overcame a tough start after fouling on his first two attempts to take second overall in the men's triple jump. The junior athlete was one of two to clear 14-meters in the event with his final attempt of 14.83m just narrowly surpassed by Florida International's Queshun Watson-Riggins (14.92m) to place second in the field.

Charleston Southern put three in the top five in the men's weight throw on Saturday. JP Caglione eclipsed 17 meters on five of his six attempts and finished with a best of 17.61m on his second attempt to place second in the field. Teammate Seth Wolfe was third overall after his third attempt sailed 17.00m. Clarence Moss rounded out the group in the top five with a fifth-place result after his third throw went 13.37m.

Ryan Spiecha was the lone athlete to break the 15-meter mark in the men's shot put as the junior cleared broke the mark in each of his last three attempts. His fifth throw went 15.49m to win the event for the Buccaneers. Caglione was second overall in the field with a throw of 14.72m on his third attempt, while Seth Wolfe's final throw of 13.70m put him fifth overall in the field.

Andrew Akright continued what was a strong surge to the end of the men's cross country season by putting on a dominant performance in the mile race. The sophomore cleared the field over 10 seconds to win the championship with a time of 4:15.64. Teammate Jaymee Domoney was third overall in 4:28.41 to finish on the podium.

Just as sister Caroline did in the women's 3000m, Matt Inman took home top honors in the men's 3000m race at the Clemson Indoor Track Facility. Inman led from start to finish in winning the event by over 15 seconds to take home the individual title. Teammate Trevor Dominy was second in 8:45.80 as the Bucs' duo finished nearly 45 seconds ahead of their closest competition in the event.

Up Next
The Buccaneers are back in action next weekend at the Gamecock Inaugural hosted by the University of South Carolina on January 18-19 at the Carolina Indoor Facility.

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