by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's track team produced four new school records over the weekend in its first meets of the 2017 outdoor season.
All four marks were eclipsed by freshmen during the inaugural Trojan Challenge hosted by University of Mount Olive, three of them in throwing events.
Janae Cunningham won the discus with a throw of 39.34 meters, or 129 feet, 1 inch. The Hubert, N.C., resident led a field of 25 in the event while improving upon the old BC record of 35.70 meters set by Kia Funderburk at the 2013 conference championships.
Cunningham also surpassed Funderburk's 2014 school mark of 24.51 meters in the hammer throw after unleashing a toss of 30.78 meters in a 12th place finish.
Kelsey Poole provided a third school record in the throws area, producing a school-best mark of 11.09 meters in the shot put while placing seventh in a field of 25. The Oakboro, N.C., resident surpassed the previous Barton standard of 10.24 meters set in 2015 by Nicolette Brown.
The fourth Barton record to fall was the 100-meter hurdle mark, which had been held by Zoey Cook since 2015 at 15.33 seconds. Jamina Morris knocked down that record with a run of 15.11 seconds while finishing runner-up in a field of 16.
Morris, a resident of Edison, N.J., also placed third out of 12 in the 400-meter hurdle event with a mark of 1:04.69.
Barton also received a strong performance in the 800-meter race from senior Jamicia Jones, who finished fourth among 17 competitors with a time of 2:26.40. Jones missed a personal record in that event by fifteen one-hundredths of a second.
Competing in the same event in Charlotte over the weekend at the 49er Classic, junior Sharon Kiptoo was even closer to her PR time, missing by just three one-hundredths of a second after posting a time of 2:17 flat. The run earned her eighth place in a mostly NCAA Division I field of 84. Kiptoo also earned a top-25 in the 1500-meter run out of 116 competitors with a time of 4:52.32.
Barton will return to action on March 31 and April 1 in the VertKlasse Meeting, which will be hosted by High Point University.