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ELON — The Barton College men’s track team won five events and established four school records in Elon University’s Phoenix Invitational on Saturday.

For the Lady Bulldogs, freshman Janae Cunningham broke school records in all four throws — shot put, discus, hammer and javelin.

Junior Joel Lagat, for the Barton men, triumphed in the 1,500-meter run with a Barton outdoor-record time of three minutes, 58.92 seconds.

Sophomore Larry Russell captured the long jump in 7.27 meters, and freshman Russell Corbett triumphed in the shot put with a toss of 13.57 meters, just .01-meter ahead of freshman teammate Michah Clemons.

The Bulldogs prevailed in both relay races, defeating High Point University of the NCAA Division I ranks head-to-head in the 4x100 in a school-record time of 41.66 seconds. Barton paced a five-team field in the 4x400 with a time of 3:19.52. Juniors Collin Wilks and Aaron Jones, sophomore Nihgel Scott and senior Semaj Street combined for the 4x100 record.

Also turning in school-record performances were freshman Rahwine Dawkins in the hammer throw (46.06 meters) and junior Justin Alford in the pole vault (4 meters). On the Div. II Conference Carolinas performance list, Dawkins climbed from 15th to third with his third-place finish.

Dawkins also placed third in the javelin. Along with winning the long jump, Russell took second in the triple jump. Street seized a runner-up finish in the 400, while Scott wound up third in the 200.

Accounting for 11 personal records were Wilks in the 100, Street in the 400, Marquez Lemon in the 800, Tevin Aitkin in the 1,500, Clemons in the hammer throw and javelin, Avery Smith in the hammer throw and javelin, Hunter Hinson in the hammer throw and javelin and Corbett in the javelin.

For the Barton women, Cunningham already topped the conference list as well as the Barton record book in the discus, but added to her league-leading mark with a toss of 39.77 meters. Her biggest improvement came in the hammer throw, in which she uncorked a toss of 38.05 as compared to her previous standard of 30.78. Cunningham vaulted from 13th to fourth in the league standings.

Cunningham became the third different Lady Bulldog to own the shot put record this season, surpassing Kelsey Poole’s standard of 11.38 meters with a heave of 11.67. Cunningham, competing for the first time collegiately in the javelin, got off a throw of 30.48 meters to place fourth and easily eclipse the previous mark of 24.52 meters set by Amber Wilson in 2014.

Among Div. II participants, Cunningham was the top finisher in two of four events and the runner-up in the other two.

The Lady Bulldogs flirted with a fifth record. Junior Sharon Kiptoo posted a time of 4:45.68 in the 1,500 meters, just .01 of a second off the mark of 4:45.67 set by Ericka Skinner in 2011. Kiptoo, however, set a personal record with her fourth-place finish.

Claiming personal bests were Poole in all four throws, Whitley in the javelin and discus, Pelumi Adesina and Anaiya Harris in the shot and Jamaica Jones in the 400.

Jones joined Kiptoo and Cunningham in gaining a top-five individual finish. Jones teamed with Kiptoo, Jayvona McDaniel and Jamina Morris for a third-place finish in the 4x400.

Barton’s teams return to action next Saturday, traveling to Columbia, South Carolina, for the USC Open hosted by South Carolina.

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