Barton track and field has best meet of the year at the Vince Brown Indoor Invitational

Barton senior Larry Russell wins the long jump and placed third in the high jump Sunday at the Vince Brown Invitational in Newport News, Va.  Photo courtesy of Jackie Kirby
Barton senior Larry Russell wins the long jump and placed third in the high jump Sunday at the Vince Brown Invitational in Newport News, Va. Photo courtesy of Jackie Kirby

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Barton men's and women's indoor track and field teams put together arguably their best performances of the season Sunday at the Vince Brown Invitational.  The meet took place at the Freeman Center and was hosted by Christopher Newport University.

On the men's side, the Bulldogs had a pair of first-place finishes courtesy of senior and two-time All-American Larry Russell (Sicklerville, N.J.) and junior Micah Clemons (Greenville, N.C.) in the long jump (24'0") and weight throw (59'0"), respectively. 

Russell also placed third in the high jump (6'4") while Clemons earned a provisional to the NCAA Division II Championships with his weight throw mark.  The throw was also a personal-best and currently ranks No. 29 in the nation.  Not to be outdone, Clemons took fourth place in the shot put (48'0").

In addition, freshman Jimere Simmons (Kinston, N.C.) and Russell were fourth (7.22) and fifth (7.27) in the 60-meter dash while sophomore Evan Lee (Wilson, N.C.) placed seventh in the mile with a personal-best 4.35.96 for the Bulldogs as well.

The women's team really shined for the Bulldogs.  Junior Janae Cunningham (Hubert, N.C.) set a school record in the weight throw (46'4") – good for third place – while her eighth-place finish in the shot put (35'11") was a personal-high as well.

Barton freshman Abira Reddish (Durham, N.C.) was runner-up in the 400-meter dash (1:01.40) and sophomore Syaani Harris (Ashland, Va.) was third in the 60-meter dash (7.96).  Her time of 7.93 in the semifinals of the 60-meter dash was a personal-best.

Finally, freshman Danyetta Ruffin (Newport News, Va.) finished fourth in two events for the Bulldogs:  the 200-meter dash (26.81) and long jump (personal-mark of 16'8").

The Barton men's and women's indoor track and field teams next compete in the 2019 Conference Carolinas Championships on Sunday, February 17, at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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