No one has to worry about C.J. Spiller keeping himself ready for football season.
Competing for the Clemson track and field team, Spiller logged a world-best 6.58 seconds in the 60-meter dash over the weekend at the Carolina Classic. The rising junior tailback's time beat pro sprinter Leonard Scott's time by .01 and cut .11 off Spiller's best time in the preliminaries.
Spiller ran the fastest time recorded in the world in 2008 but only ranked fourth in Clemson's all-time record books. Another football/track speedster, Jacoby Ford, holds the indoor record with a 6.52.
• RECORD-TYERS: Five Clemson football players were named to the All-ACC Academic team, tying a school record.
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Rock Hill native Jimmy Maners led the way, posting a spotless 4.0 grade-point average during the fall semester in his first year as the Tigers' starting punter. He was joined by fellow kicker Mark Buchholz, who played football and soccer this year.
Center Thomas Austin, tight end Michael Palmer and fullback Alex Pearson also made the list. Only Maryland (six) had more selections to the team while Duke tied Clemson with five.
• WHAT HAPPENED?: The ninth-ranked Clemson women's tennis team was stunned 4-3 by Virginia Commonwealth over the weekend, ending the Lady Tigers' three-match winning streak to begin the year.
Clemson won all of its doubles matches but lost four singles to the Lady Rams, who improved to 7-0.
Ani Mijacika, the nation's No. 4 player, was out with an injury and sophomore Estefania Balda won her fifth straight singles match. Balda paired with Laurianne Henry in Mijacika's absence to capture the No. 3 doubles.
• BACK IN THE SADDLE: South Carolina's two-time national champion equestrian team beat New Mexico State 15-4 to open the spring session, led again by senior Kristen Terebesi.
Terebesi picked up her second two-time MVP day of the year by winning top honors in equitation on the flat and over fences. The Gamecocks, who have not lost at their home field of One Wood Farms in Blythewood since 2005, went 9-0 in the Hunter Seat division and won the Western division 6-4.
• SPRING BALL: The Clemson volleyball team, coming off one of its finest seasons, has scheduled two spring home matches for April 12. The Tigers will host Middle Tennessee and College of Charleston, with times to be determined.
Clemson won the ACC with a 21-1 mark, going 29-4 overall. The Tigers won the first match of their hosted NCAA Regional but lost their next match to UCLA.
Clemson will probably play two more spring games. Opponents, dates and times will be announced later.