by Benny Benton
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) unveiled its NCAA Division II Preseason National Computer Team Rankings for the 2018 indoor season on Thursday, and Barton College junior Larry Russell was among the top 10 individuals in both the high jump and the long jump.
The rankings are solely based on past collegiate performance. Russell's personal record of 2.13 meters in the high jump ranks fifth-best nationally among returnees for 2018, and his indoor PR of 7.49 meters stands ninth nationally.
Both of those collegiate bests were set during last year's Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships. Russell went on to place eighth in the high jump and 15th at the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala. His eighth place finish in the high jump made him Barton's first indoor track All-American.
Russell later became BC's first outdoor track All-American as well after finishing third in the long jump at the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Bradenton, Fla., with an overall PR mark of 7.72 meters.
The Sicklerville, N.J., resident was voted Conference Carolinas Field Most Valuable Performer for the 2017 indoor season after winning both the high jump and long jump, finishing third in the triple jump and placing fourth in the 60-meter hurdles at the league championships.
Russell and his Barton teammates will begin their 2018 season on Sunday by competing in the UNCG Early Bird Duals at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.