Russell helps Bulldogs finish 3rd at conference championship meet

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CENTRAL, S.C. — Sophomore Larry Russell Jr. produced a pair of first-place finishes and 25 total points to help the Barton men’s track and field team to a third-place showing at the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Championships over the weekend at Southern Wesleyan.

The Bulldogs set a program record with 110 points as they finished behind only champion Mount Olive (252) and Limestone (146).

Russell won the long jump and the high jump, establishing new meet and school records in both events. He soared 7.56 meters in the long jump, the eighth-best mark in Div. II this season. That effort could land Russell in the Div. II national championship meet later in May.

He moved up to 17th place nationally in the high jump by clearing 2.07 meters. Russell also scored with a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter dash.

Junior Joel Lagat won the 1,500 run for Barton, finishing in 4 minutes, 9.65 seconds, to go with a runner-up finish in the 800.

Senior Semaj Street set a school record in the 200, finishing second in 21.18 seconds, which ties for 18th best in the Div. II ranks this spring.

Also posting second-place finishes for the Barton men were Micah Clemons in the discus and the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

On the women’s side, junior Sharon Kiptoo paced Barton to a fourth-place finish with a second-place showing in the 1,500 and a third-place effort in the 800.

Freshman Desiree Whitley won the shot put with a heave of 12.1 meters, good for a school record. Janae Cunningham was third in the discus.

Mount Olive also won the women’s team title.

Both Barton teams will be in action Saturday at the Last Chance Meet at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.