Clemons, Russell post first-place finishes for Barton men’s track at Phoenix Invitational

Archived photo of junior Larry Russell, who won the triple jump on Saturday at the Phoenix Invitational, hosted by Elon University. | Photo by Benny Benton
Archived photo of junior Larry Russell, who won the triple jump on Saturday at the Phoenix Invitational, hosted by Elon University. | Photo by Benny Benton

by Benny Benton

 

ELON, N.C. – Sophomore Micah Clemons and junior Larry Russell both posted first-place finishes for the Barton College men's track team over the weekend in the Phoenix Invitational, which was hosted by Elon University.

Clemons, a resident of Greenville, N.C., claimed the top spot among 22 competitors in the hammer throw with a toss of 55.67 meters, or 182 feet, eight inches. The throw was just .17 meters (or six inches) off his Barton school record and NCAA provisional mark. Clemons also placed third in the shot put with a season-best toss of 14.44 meters, and ninth in the discus (39.91 meters).

Russell, a resident of Sicklerville, N.J., led a field of 16 in the triple jump with an effort of 14.47 meters. The mark was the best of his career, but was wind-aided and will not count as a personal record. He also placed fourth out of 17 in the high jump with his first outdoor mark of the year (1.86 meters).

Several other Barton team members did collect PR marks in the event, including freshman Chianti Ghee, who did so in both the discus (41.98 meters) and the hammer throw (45.56 meters). It was his second straight week with a PR in the discus, and he added nearly six meters to last week's distance. Ghee placed fourth out of 22 in the hammer and fifth out of 37 in the discus.

Also earning PRs were Evan Lee in the 1500-meter run (4:16.20), Qasim Ray in the 400-meter hurdles (55.66 seconds) and Brian Creasey in the shot put (8.23 meters). Ray also established a benchmark PR in the 110-meter high hurdles with his first countable mark in that event (15.58 seconds). Ray claimed a fifth-place finish in both events.

Aaron Jones and Alex Kelly joined Ray in recording benchmark PRs by competing for the first time in the 800-meter run. Kelly posted a time of 2:16.57, and Jones turned in a mark of 3:57.71.

Jones teamed with Collin Wilks, Nihgel Scott and Russell to make up Barton's 4x100-meter relay team, which collected a runner-up finish out of eight teams in the event with a mark of 43.09 seconds.

Scott and Wilks placed first and second, respectively, in their sections of the 200-meter dash, and Lee led his 12-man section of the 1500-meter run to the line.

Barton will return to action on Saturday in Ettrick, Va., where the Bulldogs will take part in the VSU Trojan Invite, hosted by Virginia State University.