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Accolades piling up for BC’s Russell

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The honors continue to pour in for Barton College’s junior track and field standout Larry Russell.

On Friday, the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas proclaimed Russell as the league’s outdoor field athlete of the year.

A day earlier, Russell was hailed the Bulldogs 2017-18 Kiwanis Male Athlete of the Year.

Russell earned the conference accolade after amassing 26.5 of the Bulldogs’ 102.5 points in the conference championships the previous weekend.

Back in February, he was named the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Indoor Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Russell was recognized as a Division II All-American with a fifth-place national showing in the long jump.

In the 2018 conference championships, Russell won the long jump with a leap of 7.42 meters; placed second in the triple jump with an effort of 14.03 meters, fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.54 seconds and fifth in the high jump by clearing 1.84 meters.

Russell was tabbed all-conference in the long and triple jumps.

Barton’s Micah Clemons emerged a three-time all-conference performer by winning the hammer throw and placing second in the shot put and discus.

Joel Lagat was deemed second team as the 3,000-meter steeplechase runner-up, while the 4x400 relay landed on the third team.

Also capturing individual men’s awards were North Greenville University’s J.J. Sherman as track athlete of the year; University of Mount Olive’s Jacob Gonzalez as freshman of the year and Mount Olive’s Matt van Lierop as coach of the year.

On the women’s scene, Barton’s Jasmine Watson emerged a first-team selection by winning the 100-meter hurdles.

Sharon Kiptoo was twice chosen to the third team by placing third in 800- and 1,500-meter runs.

Saluted with the conference’s top awards were the Mount Olive quartet of Malak Kafi, track athlete of the year; Taylor Moncrieft, field athlete of the year; Celine Ritter, freshman of the year; and Lierop, coach of the year.

Mount Olive seized both the women’s and men’s championships. The women amassed 240.5 points, while the men piled up 260.5. The Limestone men and Southern Wesleyan women finished second, respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs salvaged seventh with 42 points, while the Barton men settled for fourth with 102.5 points.

And Russell’s junior season is not over. He ranks 10th on the NCAA Division II outdoor performance list, which merits a return to the nationals. The championship field will be announced on May 15.

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