WILSON, N.C. – The Barton Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has selected Jamina Morris of the women’s track & field team and Larry Russell of the men’s track & field team as the recipients of the SAAC Athlete of the Month Award for February.
Morris, a freshman, was an instrumental part in leading the Barton women’s track & field team to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships, matching the best finish in program history.
The Edison, N.J. native won two events and finished runner-up in another while setting three school records. Her performance also earned her a selection as the women’s Conference Carolinas Field Most Valuable Performer for the indoor season.
She won the long jump and the triple jump at the championships, and earned a runner-up finish in the 60-meter hurdles. Her 28 points tied for the meet high with University of Mount Olive freshman Leah Hanle, who was named the league’s Track MVP.
In all three events, Morris broke the Barton school record. Her leap of 11.95 meters, or 39 feet, 2 and 1/2 inches, in the triple jump also shattered the meet record of 11.56 meters and pushed her into the NCAA Division II national top-20 at No. 18.
Morris claimed the long jump with a mark of 5.43 meters. She also led the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles, but in the finals had to settle for second place behind a meet-record run from Lees-McRae’s Erin Bingham.
Russell, a sophomore, was also picked as the Conference Carolinas Field Most Valuable Indoor Performer for the indoor season on the men’s side. He also earned a selection to participate in the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, becoming the first team member in school history to do so.
He will compete in the long jump on Thursday, March 9, at 6:05 p.m. EST, and in the high jump on Friday, March 10, at 3 p.m. EST.
The Sicklerville, N.J., resident qualified for both events with national top-10 results at the Conference Carolinas Championships. Russell posted a mark of 2.13 meters (or 6 feet, 11 3/4 inches) in the high jump that ended the year tied for fifth nationally. He also recorded a mark of 7.49 meters (or 24 feet, 7 inches) that ranked seventh in DII.
The Barton College SAAC seeks to provide leadership in the athletic program for the 2016-17 academic year. The Committee includes two representatives from each of Barton’s athletic teams and including its two advisors totals 30 members.
SAAC members will be asked to review proposed NCAA Division II legislation to be considered at the NCAA Convention held each year and comment as to the impact of each proposal on student-athlete welfare and a suggest voting yes or no. Committee members will also act to communicate with teams they represent, sharing ideas with them from SAAC meetings and taking information and concerns from teammates to the committee. In the broad context of the NCAA Division II philosophy of Life in Balance, service on the SAAC is intended to be a significant leadership opportunity.
-SAAC Athletes of the Month-
September: Tolly Beatson (Men’s Soccer) & Hayley Marshburn (Women’s Volleyball)
October: Justin Plane (Men’s Golf) & Riley Bane (Women’s Volleyball)
November: Michael Boykin (Men’s Basketball) & Angelica Acevedo (Women’s Volleyball)
December: Isaiah Buck-Lowman (Men’s Basketball) & Kianna Wynn (Women’s Basketball)
January: Larry Russell (Men’s Track & Field) & Kianna Wynn (Women’s Basketball)
February: Jamina Morris (Women’s Track & Field) & Larry Russell (Men’s Track & Field)