Citadel’s Allen ends career at NCAA Regionals

One of the best javelin duos in Citadel history, Capers Williamson and Clay Allen, closed out 2014-15 track and field season Friday in the javelin event at the NCAA East Regionals at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.

In his final event as a Bulldog, Allen placed 33rd after heaving a 206-0, while Williams’ three attempts to make the NCAA Finals in Eugene, Ore., sailed out of bounds.

Allen closes out a Citadel career that includes one Southern Conference Outdoor Championship (2014) and two second-place showings (2013, 2015). He earned his SoCon championship by tossing a 210’03”, which was then the second-best toss in program history, to edge Williamson.

As for Williamson, who has one year of eligibility remaining at The Citadel, he will turn his attention to defending the 2015 SoCon Outdoor Championship javelin title next season. Williamson, who set the mark for the SoCon and school (219’5”) at this year’s event, also placed second at the 2012 and 2013 league championships.

Five Clemson athletes earned bids to the NCAA Outdoor Championships from the East Preliminary Round. Samantha Elliott, Natoya Goule, Tevin Hester, Myasia Jacobs and Torian Ware all moved on to the outdoor nationals by virtue of top-12 finishes.

Elliott had perhaps the most impressive performance of the day, posting a time of 56.46 in the 400 hurdles. The time was a season-best and No. 2 in Clemson history.

Clemson sophomore Austin Langdale fired an even-par 72 to lead Clemson to a 306 team score during the first round of the NCAA National Tournament at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

Clemson is in 27th place out of 30 teams after the first day with the 18-over team score.

Clemson finished ahead of seventh ranked Stanford and 11th-ranked Oklahoma on a tough day for scoring for all the teams. Langdale was the only Clemson golfer to break 77.

Sixth-ranked South Carolina posted a 301 (+13) to wrap up the opening round in a tie for 20th.

The Gamecocks were as high as 16-over on the day but made up several shots down the stretch. The four golfers who counted combined to play the final three holes in 5-under with just one bogey.

Junior Sean Kelly was one of 23 golfers to record a round under par on Friday as he led the Gamecocks with a 1-under 71, closing out the round in a tie for 13th.

Illinois’ Thomas Detry shot 4-under 68 for a share of the individual lead and the Illini topped the team standings. Detry was tied with South Florida’s Claudio Correa. Duke’s Jake Shuman and Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson were a stroke back.

College of Charleston is in third place with two losses — one to Roger Williams University and the other to Georgetown University — after the first day of the LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship on Narragansett Bay in Newport, R.I.

The format for this event is a series of round robins. Yale leads, followed by Roger Williams, College of Charleston, Boston College and Stanford rounding out the top 5.

“We had a really good day,” Mitch Hall, assistant coach for Charleston, told “Our biggest issue today was maintaining a lead the whole way around the race course. Everyone is really fast.”

Although Friday’s conditions were not typical for the Charleston sailors, they were able to keep speed in the light wind. During the postponement today, Hall said the sailors stayed focused by paying attention to what was changing on the racecourse.

“(Saturday), we will focus on consistency,” says Hall. “We were able to get off of the (starting) line OK today, but when we weren’t able to start well it affected the outcome of our race.”