Barton’s Russell named Conference Carolinas Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year

Barton’s Russell named Conference Carolinas Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year

by Benny Benton

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Barton College junior Larry Russell has been named the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, the league announced Friday.

Russell was chosen for the award by the league's head coaches after collecting a meet-high 26.5 individual points in the Conference Carolinas Championships last weekend.

The Sicklerville, N.J., resident won the long jump, claimed second in the triple jump, placed fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles and finished fifth in the high jump.

Although not considered in the award voting, Russell also anchored Barton's 4x100-meter relay team which came in fourth, giving him a hand in 31.5 of the Bulldogs' 102.5 total points.

Russell was also chosen as Conference Carolinas Indoor Field Athlete of the Year in February. He went on to be named the Southeast Region Indoor Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association before earning NCAA Division II All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in the long jump at the national meet.

He currently ranks 10th on the national NCAA Division II outdoor performance list in the long jump, a position that would earn him a return trip to nationals later this month. Russell will learn for certain his fate on Tuesday, May 15th, when the championship field is announced.