by Benny Benton
BOSTON – Barton College sophomore Micah Clemons broke his own indoor school record in the shot put Sunday during the Boston University Last Chance Meet.
The Greenville, N.C., resident produced a toss of 14.79 meters, or 48 feet, 6 inches, during the event at Boston University's Tennis and Track Center. The mark narrowly surpassed his previous BC record of 14.77 meters established earlier this year at the Appalachian Open.
Clemons was one of three Barton team members who made the trek to Boston hoping to produce a performance that would earn them a spot in the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships March 9 and 10 in Pittsburg, Kan.
His school record came as a nice consolation prize, as none of the three achieved those very lofty standards during the meet.
Junior Larry Russell, who has already qualified for nationals in the long jump, had hoped to add the high jump to his competition schedule, but needed a jump somewhere near his school record of 2.13 meters to get in, and fell well short of that on Sunday, posting a leap of 2.01 meters.
Barton's third competitor in the meet was senior Aaron Jones, who participated in the 400-meter run, finishing seventh in a field of 39 with his second-fastest time of the season, 49.12 seconds.
Clemons, Jones and Russell all finished the indoor schedule ranked among the top five in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region in at least one event.
Russell will continue preparations for his March 9 appearance in the long jump at nationals, while Clemons and Jones will begin getting ready for the 2018 outdoor season, which kicks off for the Bulldogs at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, N.C., on March 16.