Barton celebrates banner season in athletics, hands out awards at annual banquet

Barton College student-athletes (front row l-r) Hayley Marshburn, Calvin Hawke, Laura Peed, (back row l-r) Jake McCartney, Tyler Dew, Larry Russell and Jens Hordvik were among those receiving special awards on Thursday at Barton's annual Athletics Award Picnic. | Photo by Benny Benton
Barton College student-athletes (front row l-r) Hayley Marshburn, Calvin Hawke, Laura Peed, (back row l-r) Jake McCartney, Tyler Dew, Larry Russell and Jens Hordvik were among those receiving special awards on Thursday at Barton's annual Athletics Award Picnic. | Photo by Benny Benton

by Benny Benton

WILSON, N.C. – Barton College congratulated its student-athletes on the most successful athletic year in a decade and honored some of the standouts who made that achievement possible Thursday night at its annual Athletic Awards Picnic.

Todd Wilkinson, director of athletics, noted that beyond Barton’s three championships in 2016-17 (women’s volleyball, men’s volleyball and men’s tennis) and two runner-up finishes (women’s tennis and men’s golf), many of the school’s other 21 programs also had their finest showings in years, putting BC in position for its best Joby Hawn Cup finish since 2006.

Hayley Marshburn, a sophomore on the women’s volleyball team, and Larry Russell, a sophomore on men’s track team, were honored with Barton’s top athletic awards, while Calvin Hawke was recognized with two major awards for excellence in academics and leadership.

Also receiving special awards at the ceremony were men’s volleyball player Federico Pagliara, men’s soccer players Jens Madsen Hordvik and Tyler Dew, women’s volleyball player Laura Peed and men’s tennis player Jake McCartney.

Marshburn, of Henderson, N.C., was named the Kiwanis Female Athlete of the Year after leading the Lady Bulldogs to their first Conference Carolinas Tournament title and NCAA Division II Southeast Region appearance. Marshburn was the league’s Player of the Year and an All-Southeast Region selection after leading the league in kills (3.83 per set).

Russell, of Sicklerville, N.J., was named the Kiwanis Male Athlete of the Year. Russell became Barton’s first NCAA Division II All-American in track after placing eighth in the high jump at the DII indoor national championships. He was the first Barton athlete to qualify for nationals, doing so in both the high jump and long jump. He won those events at both the indoor and outdoor conference championships, and was named Field MVP for the indoor season.

Hawke, of Wendell, N.C., was presented with his plaque as the 2017 Conference Carolinas Murphy Osborne Award winner, the league’s highest individual honor, and was also recognized with Barton’s Edward L. Cloyd Award, which is given annually to the senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average.

A senior shortstop on the baseball team, Hawke was announced as the Murphy Osborne Award winner in mid-April. He is the first recipient from Barton since 2003 and just the third in the award’s history.

Hawke is a two-time all-conference selection who ranked third in the league in batting average (.391) and stolen bases (28) and fourth in on-base percentage (.478) this season. He is also an academic all-district honoree who will graduate with a 3.97 grade point average while double-majoring in mathematics and business administration. He was one of two Conference Carolinas athletes to attend the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum and participate in the NCAA's 360 Leadership Academy.

Peed and McCartney were presented the Gary W. Hall Excellence in Athletics Award, which is presented annually to Barton student-athletes who demonstrate a strong work ethic, a passion for their sport, and a dedication for excellence in the classroom, campus and community.

A senior from Pompano Beach, Fla., Peed was a defensive specialist on the women’s volleyball team who averaged 2.1 digs and .22 service aces per set for the league champions. She is set to graduate from Barton’s Honors College with a double-major in business administration and accountancy. Peed has taken part in numerous community service activities and has served in numerous leadership roles, including the Barton Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Orientation Team, and Student Government Association.

McCartney, a senior from Thames, New Zealand, was Tournament MVP at the Conference Carolinas Tournament after helping the Bulldogs to their first league title and NCAA appearance since 1997. He was named all-conference for the third time in 2017 after recording a 7-3 singles record in league play during the regular-season. In the classroom, McCartney has earned a 3.67 GPA as a double-major in business administration and accountancy.

Hordvik, a junior from Arendal, Norway, was chosen by Barton’s coaches as the 2017 recipient of the G. Ernest Brewer Memorial Scholarship, which is presented annually to a student-athlete combining quality athletic and academic performance. Hordvik earned his second straight all-conference honor in men’s soccer at the goalie position after leading the league in saves with 91.

Dew, a junior defender for the BC soccer team from Spring Hope, N.C., was selected by Barton’s coaching staff to receive the Ned Liggon Memorial Scholarship, which is given annually to a North Carolina resident who has been a leader on the field, on their teams and in the campus community. Dew started 18 games for the Bulldogs this year as a defender, and also scored three goals as an offensive option on corner kicks.

Pagliara, a senior on the men’s volleyball team from Catania, Italy, was Barton’s inaugural recipient of a new league award, the Conference Carolinas Student Support Award. The award recognizes student-athletes for their contributions in roles such as team managers, statistical support, video service and contest support.

In addition to his own all-conference performance as the league’s top setter in men’s volleyball, Pagliara also served as a team manager for the women’s squad, assisting with running practice, breaking down film and other important roles. He will graduate with a 3.42 GPA while double-majoring in sport management and business management.

The head coaches of Barton’s 21 sports spoke briefly about their seasons, accomplishments and seniors before announcing each team’s award winners (who are listed below).


MVR: Joel Lagat
John E. Liles Sportsmanship: Adam Pope


MVR: Sharon Kiptoo
Jennifer Wainwright Sportsmanship: Heather Cuddington

MVR: Larry Russell
Sportsmanship: Tyler Amerson


MVR: Sharon Kiptoo
Sportsmanship: Jamicia Jones


MVP: Andrew Webster
Doc Sanford Sportsmanship: Calvin Hawke

MVP: Megan Kelly
Jamie Stallings Sportsmanship: Carolina Merrill



MVP: Jake McCartney
Tom Morris Sportsmanship: Ermanno Galimberti


MVP: Dana Kelly
Barbara Smith Sportsmanship: Vanessa Sanoja


MVP: Hayley Marshburn
Jack McRae Collins Sportsmanship: Laura Peed


MVP: Aleksa Brkovic
Sportsmanship: Tim Wiese


MVP: Travis Broome
Reid Hill Sportsmanship: Justin Plane


MVP: Maria Garcia
Sportsmanship: Lexie Johnston


Co-MIP: Tyler Dew and Javier Alcarria
James Mountford Sportsmanship: Jens Madsen Hordvik


MVP: Kelly Dolan
Annie Wilson Sportsmanship: Rachel Krueger


Co-MVP: Daniel Westbrook
William Gear Spencer Sportsmanship: Tyler Thayer


MVP: Kianna Wynn
William Gear Spencer Sportsmanship: JerBria Smith


MVP: James Day
Sportsmanship: Luis Reyes


MVP: Annika Jasek-Rysdahl
Sportsmanship: Tia Broady



MVP: Kianna Jimenez
Sportsmanship: Kia Morris