by Doug Page
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – The Barton College men's cross country team defeated North Carolina Wesleyan College Tuesday at the NC Wesleyan and Barton Dual Meet, which was held in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
BC recorded four of the top-five finishers in the 5K race, with senior Joel Lagat, competing for the first time this season, pacing the Bulldogs with a time of 17:42.21. Lagat was the first to cross the line and finished 24 seconds ahead of freshman Alex Kelly, who finished with a time of 18:08.93.
NC Wesleyan's top-runner, Carlos Clinton, placed fifth with a time of 18:20.74. Tyler Bird finished in seventh for the Battling Bishops with a mark of 21:15.15.
Red shirt sophomore Leslie Jones raced to a sixth-place finish with a time of 19:46.13 for the Bulldogs.
Barton will return to action next weekend to take part in the Conference Carolinas Championship on October 21. The event will be held at Frank J. Liske Park in Concord, North Carolina.