Lady Bulldogs climb one spot to No. 7 in D2SISA Southeast poll

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DURANGO, Colo. — Last week’s 70-49 victory against No. 4 Limestone (South Carolina) College helped vault the Barton College women’s basketball team one position to seventh in the D2SIDA Southeast Region Poll released on Monday.

The Lady Bulldogs not only conquered Limestone but also Southern Wesleyan (South Carolina) University, another Conference Carolinas foe, last week to climb to 17-6 overall and to 12-3 in the conference.

Belmont Abbey, which moved up one spot to No. 6, leads the conference at 13-2, followed by Limestone at 12-2 and Barton.

Barton and Belmont Abbey tangle Wednesday in Belmont. The Lady Bulldogs, without two key team members, lost the first meeting 77-62.

Carson-Newman remained an unanimous No. 1 at 22-1, followed by No. 2 Wingate (17-3), No. 3 North Georgia (18-3), No. 4 Limestone (17-4) and No. 5 Lander (16-5).


Mandilaris again player of week

HIGH POINT — For the second consecutive week, Barton College sophomore Angelos Mandilaris has been proclaimed the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Player of the Week.

Mandilaris averaged 4.50 kills per set, while hitting .400 in leading the conference-leading Bulldogs (4-0) to a pair of conference sweeps last week.

A product of Chalkida, Greece, Mandilaris produced a match-high 17 kills against Limestone and notched 10 kills agains North Greenville (South Carolina) University. The Bulldogs sophomore ranks second in the league in total kills (105) and third in kills per set (3.50).

Barton is next in action Tuesday night at 7 in Wilson Gymnasium against Coker (South Carolina) College in a nonconference encounter.


Jones and Russell set school records

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Record-setting performances from senior Aaron Jones and junior Larry Russell paced the Barton men’s track team in last weekend’s Buccaneer Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State University.

In their final tune-up before the Conference Carolinas championships on Feb . 18, the Bulldogs earned seven top-10s and 11 top-15s.

Jones eclipsed Nihgel Scott’s 2017 Barton indoor record in the 400-meter run with a time of 48.87 seconds in Friday’s preliminary round. The time is the second fastest this season in both the conference and NCAA Division II Southeast Region.

The preliminary mark placed Jones fourth in a large field of 76 competitors. In Saturday’s finals, he placed sixth with a time of 49.45.

Russell toppled Barton’s oldest indoor record by surpassing Kendrick Smith’s 2015 standard of 8.47 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. Russell posted a time of 8.42 seconds during a sixth-place semifinals finish.

Jones and senior Qasim Ray joined senior Collin Wilks and freshman Greg Gibbs in forming the 4x400-meter relay unit that took fifth among 18 entrants with a time of 3:22.14.

Sophomore Micah Clemons, with a toss of 16.74 meters in the weight throw, wound up fifth among 34 competitors. Clemons was the lone Div. II participant among the top nine finishers. He wound up eighth among 35 in the shot put with a throw of 14.44 meters.

Barton’s other top-10 showing belonged to senior Justin Alford with a seventh-place effort in the pole vault.


Watson eclipses 60-meter standard

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Eight personal records fell for members of the Barton women’s track team in last weekend’s Buccaneer Invitational.

Freshman Jasmine Watson broke the Barton 60-meter hurdles standard with a run of 8.91 seconds in a preliminary round. She also took over the top spot on the Division II Southeast regional performance list.

In the same event, junior Courtney Ricks won her heat, beating four Division I runners with a time of 9.12 seconds. Watson and Ricks advanced into the semis, with Watson placing fourth and Ricks fifth. Then, in the finals, Watson again claimed fourth (9.0 seconds) and Ricks fifth (9.17).

Senior Shaon Kiptoo placed 14th among 58 participants in the 800 with a season-best time of 2:23.18. Sophomore Kelsey Poole salvaged 14th among 37 throwers in the shot put at 11.56 meters.

Other personal records were posted by sophomore Meghan Aradli in the 5,000-meter run (20:09.46), Andrea Mills in the 200 (28.05) and 400 (1:03.89); Nikki Helton in the 60 (9.05) and 200 (29.74) and senior Judith Melly in the 5,000 (21.05.85).


Bulldogs drop pair of 5-2 outcomes

FLORENCE, S.C. — The Barton men’s tennis team dropped a pair of 5-2 decisions — one to Conference Carolinas archrival University of Mount Olive and one to Augusta (Georgia) University of the Peach Belt Conference — on Saturday in the City of Florence College Tennis Invitational.

Bulldogs winners against Mount Olive were the No. 3 doubles team of Alessandro Gerbino-Hugh Ryder with a 9-8 (1) outcome and Diego Aguedo, at No. 3 singles, by a 6-2, 6-3 count.

Against Augusta, Barton got a winning performance at No. 1 doubles from Jesus Gil-Aguedo by an 8-5 margin. In singles, Gil, at No. 2, evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-0, 6-4 conquest.

Barton next sees action on Saturday at home against Francis Marion (South Carolina) University.


Lady Bulldogs fall to Mount Olive

FLORENCE, S.C. — After being blanked 5-0 by Palm Beach Atlantic, the Barton women’s tennis team dropped a tightly contested 5-3 decision against archrival University of Mount Olive in the City of Florence College Tennis Invitational on Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs held leads at the Nos. 1 and 3 singles position against Palm Beach Atlantic. Junior Daria Avram managed a 6-4 edge at No. 1 and, at No. 3, Vanessa Sanoja worked to a 6-5 margin. But via the tournament format, both matches were halted when Palm Beach Atlantic clinched the team outcome.

The match against Mount Olive did not count in the conference standings as the Lady Bulldogs tumbled to 0-3 in the young season.

Barton’s No. 2 tandem of Ada Vargas-Sanoja triumphed 9-7; Marissa Stevenson earned a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles and, at No. 4, Vargas emerged a 7-5, 6-4 victor.

The Lady Bulldogs’ No. 3 duo of Avram-Stevenson dropped a 9-8 (7) decision; and, at No. 3 singles, Claudia Capellades bowed 6-4, 5-6, 6-3.


BC loses 3 spots in final round

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — The team score was six shots higher and the Barton women’s golf team fell three positions — from 11th to 14th — in the final Barton Invitational at Kiawah standings on Sunday.

The Lady Bulldogs, in launching their spring season, carded rounds of 341-347 for their low four individuals for a 648 total.

Junior Kelsey Woodall posted Sunday’s low Barton round of 85, followed by junior Sydney Turner and sophomore Clare McMahon with 86s, junior Maria Garcia with a 90 and freshman Jailynn Thomas with a 93.

Turner emerged Barton’s top finisher, tying for the 52nd spot in the 80-player field at 84-86—170. Woodall shot 86-85—171, Garcia 82-90—172, McMahon 89-86—175 and Thomas 94-93—187.

Nationally ranked No 13 Florida Southern seized its third straight victory with rounds of 313-306—619 for a three-shot win against No. 14 Wingate University 313-309—322.

UNC Pembroke’s Madison Corley won the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to capture the individual title at 70-78—148. Lincoln Memorial’s Dominika Czudkova was the runner-up at 80-68—148.