Clemson pole vaulter Mitch Greeley posted the nation's best mark at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet last weekend, giving the senior his first automatic qualifier for the NCAA championships.
Greeley, a Rock Hill native who honed his skills at Northwestern High School, cleared 18 feet, 1 inch, beating Binghamton's Rory Quiller by a half-inch. Quiller held the country's top height before the meet.
Greeley joined Travis Padgett and C.J. Spiller as automatic entrants in the championships next month. Coming into last weekend, Clemson and Auburn were the only two schools in the nation to have two or more automatic qualifiers.
• ON THE PATHS: South Carolina's softball team began its season at the Florida Atlantic Kick-Off Classic over the weekend, winning its first game 3-1. The next four games weren't as fruitful -- the Gamecocks were tripped in each of them to finish the weekend 1-4.
Sophomore Lisa Longo smacked a bases-loaded double to beat North Florida in the first game but her potential game-tying shot in the second game was for naught. Trying to score Jessica Josker from second, Longo's hit found room but was cut off by Florida Atlantic center fielder Jessica Myers, who threw Josker out at the plate.
USC went on to lose to Massachusetts, Michigan and North Florida, giving up a seventh-inning rally to the Wolverines and losing in an extra frame to UNF. The Gamecocks tied their last game with a two-run seventh but gave up the game-winner in the eighth.
• STICKING IN: Traveled wide receiver Derrick Hamilton found another home two days ago when Denver signed him to a one-year contract.
Hamilton, a third-round draft pick from Clemson, spent two years with San Francisco before he spent 2006 out of football. He was waived in Atlanta, was on Tampa Bay's practice squad for a week and finished last season on Houston's practice squad.
A Dillon native, Hamilton holds the Tigers' career record in all-purpose yards (4,839) and receptions (167). He's fourth in receiving yards (2,312) and caught 16 touchdowns.
He has played in two career NFL games.