HIGH POINT, N.C.-The Barton College women's track and field team has been selected eighth in the 2012 Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll as voted upon by the leagues head coaches announced Wednesday.
Second year head coach Karen Godlock and assistants Emma Ellerbee, Bernard White, Alicia Johnson and Sonny West will be striving to move the young Lady Bulldogs program up the league standings after finishing sixth out of six teams in the 2011 Conference Carolinas Championships as a first year program.
Barton will once again be competing against five established league programs while also having to battle two new conference newcomers in King College and North Greenville University. Conference Carolinas members Mount Olive College, Limestone College, King, Queens University of Charlotte and Lees-McRae College all finished in the top-eight of the Southeast Region in the final USTFCCCA regional poll of 2011.
Sophomore Ericka Skinner is Barton's lone returning All-Conference performer last season after earning second team distinction in both the 1500m and the high jump. Coach Godlock features a much larger 22 member roster in 2012 with hopes of several individuals making a splash within the league and region this season.
Barton competes in three indoor events before spring break to help gear up for outdoor competition that begins with the Seahawk Invitational at UNC Wilmington on March 9.
In just its fourth year of competition, Mount Olive College won the 2011 Conference Carolinas Women's Track and Field Championship and have been chosen as this year's preseason favorite by league head coaches. The Trojans collected 200 points at last year's championship, finishing 49 points ahead of the nearest competitor.
Mount Olive returns five All-Conference Carolinas First Team honorees, including Female Athlete of the Year and Freshman of the Year Alaytra Carswell. Denise Harrison, Chelsea Long, Jess McKinnis and Amber Thompson also captured First Team honors with event wins.
The Trojans were ranked No. 1 in the Southeast Region throughout most of 2011 and were ranked in the top two the entire season.
The Limestone College women's track & field program has been selected to finish second in the 2012 Conference Carolinas Coaches Preseason poll for the second consecutive year, after a successful three year run that includes back-to-back Conference Championships (2009 & 2010) and runner-up finish last season.
Decorated senior Anisha Barbee returns for her final season in the Blue and Gold. Barbee took home first-team All-Conference honors in the 200 meter dash and 4x100 meter relay as well as second-team honors in the 4x400 meter relay. Sophomore Andreina Paige also returns after a standout freshman campaign that included first-team honors in the 100 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay.
Lees-McRae College is picked to finish third this season after placing third at last spring's Conference Carolinas Championships. The Bobcats return a talented core of athletes in all competitions, with juniors Jamara Cook and Iesha Poindexter, as well as sophomores Kortnie Curry, Taryn Moorhead, and Persephanie Mcrae leading the charge for Lees-McRae. Head coach Ley Fletcher also welcomes a strong recruiting class into the fold as the Bobcats look to vault back to the top of the conference.
Rounding out the women's track & field preseason poll 4-8 is: King, Queens, Belmont Abbey, North Greenville, and Barton respectively.
|Women's Track and Field|
|Preseason Coaches Poll|
|1.||Mount Olive College||42 (3)|
|2.||Limestone College||40 (2)|
|3.||Lees-McRae College||39 (1)|
|4.||King College||31 (1)|
|5.||Queens University of Charlotte||28|
|6.||Belmont Abbey College||18|
|7.||North Greenville University||16|