Barton College junior Aaron Jones, right, competes in the Trojan Challenge on Friday in Mount Olive. Jones won the 400-meter run while five of his teammates set program records the Mount Olive meet as well as the 49er Classic in Charlotte.
Benny Benton | Barton College
From staff reports
The Barton College men’s and women’s outdoor track teams combined to establish nine modern-era school records in competing in the Trojan Challenge in Mount Olive and the 49er Classic in Charlotte over the weekend.
The Bulldogs were launching their outdoor seasons and next see action on March 31-April 1 in the VertKlasse Meeting at High Point University.
In the men’s ranks, sophomore Larry Russell improved upon his record in the long jump with an effort of 3.75 meters. Russell finished second and took a solid first step in returning to the outdoor nationals with an NCAA Divisison II provisional mark.
Also setting new Barton standards in Charlotte were senior Tyler Amerson in the 3,000-meter run and Qasim Ray in the 400 hurdles.
Amerson, from Wilson, knocked 13 seconds off his previous record with a time of 9 minutes, 29.01 seconds.
Micah Clemons established a hammer throw standard of 42.28 meters. Seizing a first-place showing for Barton was junior Aaron Jones with a time of 49.08 seconds in the 400.
All four women’s records, three in throwing events, occurred in Mount Olive.
Janae Cunningham prevailed in the discus with a throw of 39.34 meters. She also owns the hammer throw record with a 12th-place showing of 30.78 meters.
Kelsey Poole now possesses the shot-put record after a seventh-place throw of 11.09 meters.
Jamina Morris established a new 100-meter hurdle standard with a second-place run of 15.11 seconds in a field of 16.
Barton continues roll, sweeps Emmanuel for 6th win in a row
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. — The Barton men’s volleyball team completed its weekend trip by thumping Div. II Conference Carolinas rival Emmanuel College, 25-15, 25-11, 25-17 in Shaw Athletic Center on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (14-4, 12-2 CC) have won their last 15 sets and last six matches. Head coach Jeff Lennox’s squad handed Emmanuel (5-15, 3-9 CC) its fourth consecutive conference loss. Barton hit for its second-highest percentage (.530) of the season and recorded eight service aces and eight total blocks.
Senior setter Frederico Pagliara directed the Barton offense with 36 assists. Sophomore Aleksa Brkovic emerged the match leader with 11 kills and four aces.
The Bulldogs next see action in Fairfax, Virginia, on Friday against Div. I George Mason University.
Lady Bulldogs shut down in conference twinbill at NGU
TIGERVILLE, S.C. — Hitters for the Barton softball team were limited to eigtht hits and one run by North Greenville pitchers in dropping a Conference Carolinas doubleheader Saturday.
North Greenville prevailed 8-0 in five innings in the opener and 3-1 in the second game.
Playing their third conference doubleheader on the road in as many days, the Lady Bulldogs faded to 3-5 in the league and 15-18 overall. The Crusaders emerged 5-1 and 18-13, respectively.
Junior second baseman Brittany Jacobs proved a Barton bright spot in the second game, batting 3 for 3 with a home run in the fourth inning.
Barton pitcher Makayla Meeks, a sophomore, was outdueled by North Greenville’s Amanda Coffrin (9-7). Meeks (3-4) allowed eight hits, two earned runs and no walks in six innings. She struck out two. Barton was shut out for the eighth time this season.
In the opener, the Crusaders got all the offense they needed with Kate Lee’s three-run homer in the first.
Seniors Sydney Speight and Megan Kelly collected the Barton hits. Sophomore Hannah Jones (6-5) took the pitching loss.
Barton now plays its next three doubleheaders at home, beginning with a nonconference clash against USC Aiken on Thursday.
Score by innings:
Barton 000 00 — 0
N. Greenville 300 05 — 8
WP-Brooklyn Fort (10-4) 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO. LP-Hannah Jones (6-5) 42⁄3 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 Bb, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Sydney Speight 1-2, Megan Kelly 1-3; North Greenville: Wade 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Kate Lee 1-3, HR, 3 RBI; Megan Johnson 1-2, 2B, RBI; Herlong 1-2, 2 RBI.