February 17, 2008

Bachman Sprints to Qualifying Mark

Clemson, SC--A limited squad of men's track & field athletes competed at Clemson University over the weekend. Freshman Alan Bachman (Nanjemoy, MD) took top honors among the Bobcat athletes. Bachman cruised to a 6th place finish in the men's 400m dash in a program record time of 48.91 seconds. In the process, Alan provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championship Meet. His sprint time currently places him 13th nationally in the men's indoor 400m.

"Alan can still make a lot of improvement on his 400m time" says head coach Scott Myers. "He got boxed in at the homestretch and wasn't able to make a final sprint to the finish line." "We're going to correct that in the next race and hopefully drop his time even further."

Joining Bachman with top 10 finishes of their own were freshman Ryan Oakes (Maysville, NC) and sophomore Jonathan Arthur (Pine Level, NC) in the men's pole vault. Oakes finished in 5th place overall with a personal best jump of 4.60m (15ft - 1in). Arthur finished in 8th place with a jump of 14ft - 7.25in. He and Oakes once again share the school record and are both one bar clearance away from joining Bachman on the NCAA provisional list.

Another stand-out performance belonged to junior Matt Barrett (Douglassville, GA) as he paced his way to a personal best time in the men's 1-mile run. Fellow distance runners, Josh Blanc (Hope Mills, NC) and Jon Bernal (Oakton, VA) competed in the men's 3,000m run.

Also competing at the meet were Joe Daher (Mount Dora, FL) in the men's shot put, Adam Phillips (Spruce Pine, NC) in the men's 400m and 200m, and Danny Hogbin (Hedgesville, WV) in the men's high jump.

The Bobcat's look to improve their national qualifying standing this coming weekend at UNC Chapel Hill.

Pictured: Alan Bachman