Barton men’s track posts six school records, led by three from freshman Clemons

Archived photo of Barton College freshman Micah Clemons, who claimed three school records on Saturday at the USC Open in Columbia, S.C. | Photo by Benny Benton
Archived photo of Barton College freshman Micah Clemons, who claimed three school records on Saturday at the USC Open in Columbia, S.C. | Photo by Benny Benton

by Benny Benton

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Barton College men's track team posted six school records on Saturday at the USC Open, with three of them coming on throws by freshman Micah Clemons.

The Greenville, N.C., resident set new BC standards in the discus, hammer throw and shot put during the meet at the University of South Carolina's Sheila & Morris Cregger Track.

Clemons surpassed Trevor Kyle's 2014 record in the discus by two and a half meters following a toss of 44.05 meters. He reclaimed the BC record in the hammer throw (48.20 meters) that he lost last week to teammate Raheme Dawkins, and improved upon his own top mark in the shot put with a toss of 14.97 meters.

He was the second-highest NCAA Division II finisher in all three events. He placed fifth overall out of 25 in the shot put, seventh out of 19 in the discus and 11th out of 25 in the hammer.

Sophomore Larry Russell inched his outdoor record in the high jump forward a hundredth of a meter to 2.03, just enough to earn an NCAA provisional mark in the event. Senior Semaj Street missed provisional status in the 200-meter dash by one one-hundredth of a second during a school record run of 21.51 seconds.

The final record was recorded by senior Tyler Amerson, who knocked 10 seconds off his BC standard in the 3000-meter run following an effort of 9:19.09. Amerson was second among DII runners and finished sixth overall out of 22 competitors.

Junior Aaron Jones missed a school record in the 400-meter run by just three one-hundredths of a second after a personal-record time of 48.16 seconds that ranked seventh in a field of 42.

Freshman Avery Smith added PRs in both the discus and javelin, and Barton received season-best performances from Collin Wilks in the 200, Nihgel Scott in the 400 and Joel Lagat in the 800.

Barton will return to the Palmetto State next weekend to compete in the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C.