by Benny Benton
NEW ORLEANS – Seven members of the Barton College track program – six men and one woman - have been honored with a total of eight All-Southeast Region awards for the 2017-18 outdoor season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday.
Micah Clemons, Aaron Jones, Qasim Ray, Larry Russell, Nihgel Scott and Collin Wilks represented the BC men's team, while Jasmine Watson was recognized for the women's team.
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.
Clemons was honored in both the hammer throw and the shot put. The Greenville, N.C., resident led the Southeast in the hammer by nearly eight meters after producing a toss of 57.46 meters, or 189 feet, 1 inch, while winning the event and setting a meet record at the Conference Carolinas Championship. He also ranked fifth in the region in the shot put following a throw of 14.81 meters in the same meet.
He has now collected a total of seven all-region awards, five of those in outdoor competition.
Russell picked up all-region acclaim in the long jump. The Sicklerville, N.J., resident ranked second in the Southeast and 16th in NCAA Division II in the event following a season-best leap of 7.44 meters at the VSU Trojan Invite. It is the 12th combined all-region award for the three-time All-American.
Jones, Ray, Scott and Wilks were recognized for their third-place ranking in the region in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet posted a top time of 3:16.48 at the league championships. Jones, Scott and Wilks have all been part of four all-region relay squads in their careers, three of them outdoors. Ray is being honored for the first time in his Barton career.
Watson earned Barton's lone all-region award for the women's team by ranking fourth in the Southeast in the 100-meter hurdles. The freshman from Suffolk, Va., registered a top time of 14.37 seconds in the preliminary round of the conference meet, and went on to claim first place in the finals. Watson also claimed all-region recognition during the indoor season in the 60-meter hurdles.
The USTFCCCA honored a total of 668 male athletes nationally with a total of 935 all-region awards for NCAA Division II, and honored 640 female athletes with a total of 929 all-region awards. Conference Carolinas was represented by 66 athletes, 36 men and 30 women.