HCC's Clement - 'I'm just looking to win'

March 01, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

Before last year's NJCAA Indoor Track Championships, Hagerstown Community College then-freshman Tony Clement predicted he'd run the mile in 4 minutes, 10 seconds.

And voil, he shattered a nearly 30-year-old school record by almost 5 seconds, placing third at the national meet in 4:10.56 - roughly 7 seconds faster than he'd ever run.

Clement, however, isn't waving any magic wands or playing the crystal-ball game for this weekend's indoor championships at Texas Tech University, where he's seeded fourth in the mile with his season-best time of 4:13.33 from his victory at the Bucknell Winter Classic.

"I don't believe in luck," he said. "The hard work I've put in this season will determine what (time I run), and I won't speculate that."


South African Johnny Shupping of Cloud County Community College is seeded first in 4:09.03.

"The competition is going to be fierce. It's going to be fast," Clement said. "All you can do is race and see what happens. ... I'm just looking to win. I really want to win."

HCC coach Andy Reid is excited about the possibilities.

"Tony's ahead of where he was last year at this time, and the competition is just as good, if not better," Reid said. "It's going to be a good mile, and he's ready."

Before Clement races the mile Saturday, he'll anchor the 4,000-meter distance medley relay for HCC on Friday night. The Hawks' DMR crew is comprised of Josh Keyfauver (1,200), Dadre Williams (400), Jeff McCauley (800) and Clement (1,600). They're seeded sixth in 10:33.04. Cloud County is seeded first in 10:09.49.

"We really haven't been pushed at all yet," Reid said. "I fully expect our DMR to be in the top five and be All-American."

The only time Clement ran the 1,600 leg of the DMR this season, he took the team from fourth to first at the Susquehanna Invitational.

"That's one of the nice things about the 1,600 being last," Reid said.

Keyfauver, who set a Maryland Class 1A state-meet record in the 800 (1:56.33) as a senior at Clear Spring last spring, joined the HCC track team in January after transferring from Salisbury State.

"I didn't think I'd ever run track again," said Keyfauver, who's also planning to run the 1,000 this weekend. "I'm getting back into shape, but I'm definitely not where I was yet."

Also for HCC, Jon Edmands will run the 5,000 and Harold Clark the 55 and 200.

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