by Benny Benton
NEW ORLEANS – Four members of the Barton College track program – Aaron Jones, Larry Russell and Micah Clemons from the men's team and Jasmine Watson from the women's team – have been honored with a total of seven All-Southeast Region awards for the 2017-18 indoor season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday.
The designation is given to the top five individuals in a region in each event as well as members of the top three relay teams.
Jones was recognized for the third straight indoor season in the 400-meter run. The senior from Blounts Creek, N.C., ranked fourth in the Southeast Region in the event after posting an indoor school record of 48.87 seconds at East Tennessee State University's Buccaneer Invitational in early February. He has also been named all-region once in the event outdoors, and has been part of three combined all-region squads in the 4x400-meter relay during his career.
Russell was granted all-region status in three different events, the high jump, long jump and triple jump. In doing so, he becomes the school's first triple-honoree indoors. Two years ago, he accomplished the feat outdoors, the first Barton men's team member to pull off that achievement as well.
The junior from Sicklerville, N.J., led the Southeast Region and ended the year ranked fourth in all of NCAA Division II in the long jump with his school-record leap of 7.63 meters at the Conference Carolinas Championships. The mark earned him an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.
Russell also placed fifth in the region in both the high jump and the triple jump. He produced a top mark of 2.04 meters in the high jump and 14.34 meters in the triple jump.
Clemons was named all-region in both the shot put and weight throw. He finished fourth in the Southeast in the weight throw with a school-record toss of 16.83 meters in the first meet of the year, the UNCG Early Bird Duals. He ranked fifth in the shot put following his top toss of 14.79 meters, an indoor school record posted just yesterday at the Boston University Last Chance Meet.
Although it was the first all-region acclaim for Clemons indoors, he was a triple-honoree during the outdoor season last year.
Watson, a freshman from Suffolk, Va., picked up her first career all-region nod after recording the second-best mark in the Southeast in the 60-meter hurdles. She posted a time of 8.82 seconds while finishing second in the finals of the event at the Conference Carolinas Championships.
Barton will begin its 2018 outdoor season on March 16 at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, N.C.