Barton indoor track and field notches two victories at the JDL January College Kick-off

Barton junior Micah Clemons won the men’s weight throw and finished second in the shot put Sunday at the JDL January College Kick-off in Winston-Salem, N.C.  Photo courtesy of Benny Benton
Barton junior Micah Clemons won the men’s weight throw and finished second in the shot put Sunday at the JDL January College Kick-off in Winston-Salem, N.C. Photo courtesy of Benny Benton

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Several first-place finishes highlighted the day for the Barton College men's and women's indoor track and field teams Sunday at the JDL January College Kick-off at the JDL Fast Track.

On the men's side, Barton senior Larry Russell (Sicklerville, N.J.) and junior Micah Clemons (Greenville, N.C.) won the long jump (24'11) and weight throw (55'2"), respectively.  Russell, a two-time NCAA Division II Indoor All-American (2017-18), has already qualified provisionally to the national championships in the long jump and today's mark currently ranks him fifth in the nation.

Russell also finished fourth in the triple jump (45'11") while Clemons was runner-up in the shot put (48'0").  Rounding out the field events for the Bulldogs' men's squad was sophomore Avery Smith (Charlotte, N.C.), who took eighth place in the weight throw (44'8").

In the one-mile run, Barton sophomore Evan Lee (Wilson, N.C.) took seventh overall with a time of 4:40.86 while sophomore Nicholas Leek (Manahawkin, N.J.) was one place behind and finished in 4:42.42.

On the women's side, the Bulldogs' 1,600-meter relay squad – consisting of freshmen Danyetta Ruffin (Newport News, Va.), Telina Bunch (Hampton, Va.), Abira Reddish (Durham, N.C.) and Taylynn Blunt (Hampton, Va.) – took fifth place overall after clocking a 4:14.94.

The Barton men's and women's indoor track and field teams return to Winston-Salem, N.C., to compete in the JDL College Dual Meet Madness on Saturday, January 19, at the JDL Fast Track.

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