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CENTRAL, S.C. — Behind sophomore Micah Clemmons and junior Larry Russell, Barton College finished fourth overall in the men’s track and field team standings over the weekend at the Conference Carolinas Championships at Southern Wesleyan University.
Clemmons won the hammer throw, setting a meet record, and was second in the shot put and discus while Russell won the long jump as the two combined for 52.5 of the Bulldogs’ 102.5 points, which was four fewer than third-place North Greenville. Mount Olive won the men’s title with 260.5 points, well ahead of second-place Limestone with 120.5 points.
Clemmons’ hammer toss of 57.64 meters (189 feet, 1 inch) smashed the meet record of 50.89 meters set last year and handily eclipsed his Barton-rccord toss of 55.84 in the outdoor season opener this year. The throw, nearly 10 meters longer than his closest competitor, moved Clemmons back into the national top 25 in NCAA Division II.
His season-best throw of 14.81 meters was good for second place as well his discus throw of 38.79 meters.
Russell, an indoor All-American early this year, soared 7.42 meters (24-4.25) to win the long jump but it wasn’t enough to pass his season-best of 7.44, which ranks No. 9 nationally.
Russell placed second in the triple jump at 14.02 meters and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.45 seconds. He also picked up points by placing fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 1.84 meters.
Senior Joel Lagat was second in the 3,000 steeplechase with a school-record time of 9:46.63 while freshman Chianti McGee took third in the hammer throw. Barton’s 4x400 relay team of Qasim Ray, Collin Wilks, Nihgel Scott and Aaron Jones placed third, giving the Bulldogs’ seven all-conference performances.
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The only conference champion for the Barton women’s team was freshman Jasmine Watson, who won the 100 hurdles. She qualified for the finals with a personal-best time of 14.37 before winning the finals with a time of 14.46.
Senior Sharon Kiptoo added to her career all-conference performances by placing third in the 800 and 1,500 runs. Her time of 2:25.98 in the 800 and 4:56.86 in the 1,500 were both season bests for the Kenya native. She also had a pair of all-conference showings in the indoor season.
Janae Cunningham set Lady Bulldogs records in the hammer (41.4 meters) and javelin (31.5 meters) to finish fifth and eighth, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs posted 42 points to place seventh. Mount Olive won the women’s title with 240.5 points, well ahead of runner-up SWU with 123.5.