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Jan. 19, 2008
CLEMSON, S.C. - The USC Upstate men's and women's indoor track and field teams garnered several outstanding performances at the final day of the Clemson Invitational Saturday including two from freshman Emily Tangwar.
Tangwar turned in a seventh-place finish in the women's mile run with a time of 5:15.79 early in the day and took seventh-place later in the afternoon in the women's 3000 meters at a pace of 10:15.96. It was her first competitive action since running in the Atlantic Sun Cross Country Championships in late October.
"Emily had an outstanding day," USC Upstate track head coach Jimmy Stephens said. "To go up against schools like Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and Wake Forest and finish that high as a freshman is great."
Another freshman runner who stood out was Kiah White, who finished with a time of 1:01.79 in the women's 400 meter dash.
"(Kiah) had an outstanding run. Her base that she put together by running cross country has paid off for her," Stephens said.
In men's action, freshman Billeto McGee narrowly missed placing in the top 10 in the men's 200 meter dash, coming in with a time of 23.43 seconds. Freshman James Miles also did well in the men's shot put with a throw of 44-07.00.
"Billeto is continuing to prove that he wants do well and he's going to continue to do so with that attitude," Stephens said.
After two meets thus far this season, Stephens said that his team is continuing to improve with each new experience.
"We had some good performances and some not so good performances today, but this was our first meet since December and it's a gauge to see what we need to work on from here," Stephens said.
USC Upstate will next compete at the Carolina Invitational at Chapel Hill, N.C. on February 1-2.