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SCSU cross country travels to USC-Beaufort

The South Carolina State track and field teams return to action Saturday at the 13th Annual Sand Shark Invitational, hosted by USC-Beaufort at the Hardeeville School Complex. The competition begins at 8 a.m. with the men’s 8K race, which will be followed by the women’s 5K at 8:45.

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Sophomore Tyler Duncan, who finished first and sixth, respectively, in his last two meets, will pace the SC State men. Freshman Jada Banks, with a fifth and sixth-place finish, respectively, in her last two outings, will anchor the women’s squad for first-year head coach Jerod Wims.

Claflin volleyball in CIAA Roundup

Winston-Salem, N.C. – The Claflin University volleyball team will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. this weekend to take part in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Round-up #2.

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Claflin will face three teams from the northern division over the two-day period on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

Action gets underway on Saturday for the Lady Panthers at noon against Virginia State University followed by two matches for Sunday, Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) and Virginia Union University at 11 a.m. and 1 pm., respectively.

In the first round-up two weeks ago in Orangeburg, Claflin walked away with two victories as the Lady Panthers defeated Bowie State University 3-1 (25-12, 15-25, 25-12, 25-20) and Elizabeth City State University 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-21).

Claflin is 6-2 in round-up competition since joining the league last season.

The Lady Panthers will bring a 4-9 record into the event that includes 3-5 in league play. Claflin suffered its third straight setback the last time out, falling to Shaw University 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-9) on Wednesday (Oct. 16).

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The Lady Panthers are led offensively by Jala Roberts at 113 kills this season that include seven matches with 10 or more digs. Taylor Drayton has contributed 102 kills with a season-high 15 against Livingstone College last week.

Léah Wellington leads the team in assists with 194 followed by Vianca Cólon Gonzalez at 105. Trinity Fierce controls the backcourt on defense for Claflin with 142 digs with a season-high 20 coming against Paine College. Jala Jones is second on the team in digs with 114 and has a season-high 20 against Johnson C. Smith.

Sadaiya Edouard continues to lead the team in blocks and service aces at 21 and 38, respectively.

After the road trip, Claflin will return home for two matches next week, Converse College (Tuesday) for Community Day and Livingstone (Saturday).

Tigers tied for 12th at Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate

 CLEMSON -- Colby Patton and Turk Pettit both had even-par scores of 72 on Friday to lead Clemson during the first round of the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, Georgia.  The Tigers stand in a tie for 12th place with Tennessee out of 14 teams after the first round on the par 72 course.

 The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate features 12 of the top 34 teams in the nation, including seven of the top 16 teams in the nation.

 The 15th ranked Tigers are in 12th place, but are just 10 shots out of first after the first of three rounds.   Pepperdine leads the way with a 12-under-par 276 score.   Stanford is second at 283 and Duke is third at 284.    Clemson is just four shots behind top ranked Georgia Tech and five behind fourth-ranked Wake Forest.

Patton had scores of even par 36 on each side, but the junior had a wild ride over the round.  He started out three-over-par through the first six holes, then played the next six holes at five-under-par, including an eagle three on the par-five ninth hole, just the fourth eagle of his career.   He then played the final six holes at two-over to finish at even-par to stand in a tie for 22nd place in the field of 78 golfers that includes 21 of the top 100 players in the nation according to Golfstat.

Pettit also had nine-hole scores of 36-36 in recording his even par score.   Pettit was three-under-par on the par five holes, fourth best in the field, and played the par three holes in one-under-par, one of just six players to score under-par on the par-three holes.    Pettit finished third at this tournament with a 206 score last year.

 William Nottingham was Clemson’s third best player on Friday with a two-over-par 74.  The senior had four birdies on the day and was one-under-par through his first 12 holes.

 Jacob Bridgeman, Clemson’s stroke average leader entering the tournament, was the fourth counting score for the Tigers with a 76.  He had one birdie and one bogey, but double bogeys on the sixth and 12th holes hurt his score.   Kyle Cottam started birdie-birdie, but finished with a 78.   Zack Gordon is playing the tournament as an individual and he shot a three over par 75.

 All 14 teams will continue play on Saturday morning.  Live scoring is available on golfstat.com.  Clemson will play with Tennessee and five individuals, and will begin play on the back nine at 10:26 a.m.

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