by Benny Benton
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Barton College received both of the Conference Carolinas men's indoor track and field awards for week one of the 2016-17 season, with Semaj Street earning the league's Track Athlete of the Week designation and Russell Corbett gaining the Field Athlete of the Week honor.
Street was recognized after posting NCAA provisional times in two separate events with national top-10 performances at the JDL Collegiate Kick-Off Classic on Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The senior from Fayetteville, N.C., reached NCAA provisional status in the 60-meter dash following a run of 6.90 seconds in the preliminary round. Street was the top NCAA Division II runner in the prelims and was third overall in a field of 84 participants. His time tied for 10th nationally over the first weekend of indoor competition.
He later placed fifth in the 60-meter finals with a mark of 6.94 seconds.
Street also achieved NCAA provisional status in the 200-meter dash while finishing runner-up in a field of 57. He was again the top NCAA Division II runner with his time of 22.11 seconds, trailing only Appalachian State University freshman Jabari Johnson.
Because the NCAA uses a conversion system in indoor competition to account for different track sizes and embankments, Street's 200-meter run converted to 21.72 seconds for NCAA comparison purposes. That mark was one of just five nationally this weekend to exceed the NCAA provisional time.
Street has now received the Men's Track Athlete of the Week award from the league four times in indoor competition, including at least once in each of the last three seasons. He has also claimed the award twice during outdoor seasons.
Corbett was honored after breaking Barton's oldest indoor record with a toss of 14.09 meters in the shot put. In doing so, he surpassed the previous school mark of 13.58 meters set by Trevor Kyle at the 2014 WSSU Open.
The freshman from Leland, N.C., finished 12th overall among 38 participants in the event at JDL Fast Track and fourth among NCAA Division II competitors.
Corbett is the second straight Bulldog to receive the Indoor Field Athlete of the Week in his collegiate debut. Larry Russell received the award as a freshman during week one of last year's indoor season.