Morris, Poole give Barton women’s track a sweep of league’s Athlete of Week honors

Morris, Poole give Barton women’s track a sweep of league’s Athlete of Week honors

by Benny Benton

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Barton College swept the Conference Carolinas Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week awards announced Tuesday, with Jamina Morris earning the league's track honor and Kelsey Poole claiming the field honor.

Morris was last week's field athlete of the week after earning an NCAA provisional mark in the triple jump. This week, she gained the track award after producing NCAA provisional marks in both the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles at the JCSU Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.

In doing so, the Edison, N.J., freshman became the first athlete in Barton history, male or female, to earn NCAA provisional status in three separate events.

Morris won the 400-meter hurdles at the Johnson C. Smith meet, leading a field of 19 in a time of 1:00.42, the eighth-fastest NCAA Division II mark in the country this season.

She placed seventh in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles, where she produced a time of 14.25 seconds while competing in the same field with the reigning world champion, Danielle Williams.

Both runs set new Barton school records.

With the conference honor, Morris becomes the first Bulldog to win both the league's track award and field award.

Poole captured this week's award after setting a school record in the shot put and a personal record in the discus.

The Oakboro, N.C., freshman took back BC's outdoor shot put record from teammate Desiree Whitley, who had claimed it from Poole last week. Poole set the new standard at 11.38 meters, which earned her 12th place out of 47 in the JCSU meet.

Poole also destroyed her previous PR in the discus, adding more than seven meters to her previous best following a throw of 34.94 meters. The mark earned her seventh place in a field of 36.

The award is the first of Poole's career.