BARTON ROUNDUP: Clemons goes back to back in the hammer throw at CC championships

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CENTRAL, S.C. —  Micah Clemons, a junior from Greenville, was proclaimed NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year in leading the Barton College men’s track team to a fourth-place finish in the conference’s outdoor track and field championships, which concluded Saturday at the Joe R. Gilbert Track and Field on the Southern Wesleyan University campus.

Clemons repeated as the hammer throw champion with a toss of 180 feet, 9 inches. He established a Conference Carolinas record in ruling the discus with a throw of 147-10.

He wasn’t through. Clemons emerged the runner-up in the shot put at 47-4 with hurled the javelin 136-8 to place ninth.

The University of Mount Olive men’s and women’s teams seized conference championships.

The Trojans amassed 292 points, followed by Limestone (153), North Greenville (112) and Barton (55).

Mount Olive’s women ruled with 200 points, followed by Southern Wesleyan (143) and Limestone (106). Barton salvaged sixth with 63 points.

Barton’s men got depth in the field events from sophomore Chianti Ghee, placing second in the discus (143-8) and winding up fifth in the hammer throw (151-8).

Other top finishes from the Barton men came from freshman Peter Charles, sixth in the 800-meter run; and sophomore Nicholas Leek, eighth in the 1,500 run.

A highlight for the women was freshman Takeitha Glaspie establishing a school record with a sixth-place time of 12.11 seconds in the 100 dash preliminaries. Barton was strong in the 200 with Glaspie and freshman Danyetta Ruffin finishing third and fifth, respectively.

Earning fourth-place showings were freshman Abira Reddish in the 400, freshman Hailey Russell in the 1,500 and Meghan Araldi in the 3,000 steeplechase. Russell was also eighth in the 800.

Lady Bulldogs freshman Taylynn Blunt claimed eighth in the 100 hurdles and seventh in both the 400 hurdles and long jump.

Also posting a program record was the 400 relay of Blunt, Ruffin, Glaspie and sophomore Syaani Harris with a third-place time of 47.14 seconds.

A pair of fifth-place efforts also produced school records. Freshman Ashley Teilborg broke the javelin record (117-1) and junior Janae Cunningham is now the record-holder in the hammer throw (145 feet).

Joining Clemons as honored performers in the championships:

MEN --- Tevin Richardson (North Greenville), track athlete of the year; Jay Hall (Mount Olive), freshman of the year; Matt van Lierop (Mount Olive), coach of the year; and Jonathon Wojcuich (Mount Olive), Elite 23 Award.

WOMEN --- Shona Blades (Mount Olive), track athlete of the year; Taylor Moncrief (Mount Olive), field athlete of the year; Mycherie Onwuzurukie (Southern Wesleyan), freshman of the year; and Lillian Haines (North Greenville), Elite 23 Award.

Barton’s teams compete in the Liberty Twilight Outdoor Qualifier on Wednesday in Lynchburg, Va.


SUMTER, S.C. — The Barton College men’s tennis team acquitted itself on even terms in singles, but a winless showing in doubles ended its season Friday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas tournament on the Palmetto Tennis Center courts.

The Bulldogs were dealt a 4-3 loss by Emmanuel (Georgia) College and ended the 2019 campaign with a 11-10 record.

The Bulldogs got singles wins from all-conference performers Diego Agudelo at No. 1 and Oscar Marmestedt at No. 3, as well from Alessandro Gerbino at No. 4.

Agudelo outlasted Emmanuel’s Juan Carlos Romero, 7-6, 6-4, while Marmestedt rallied to a 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 triumph against Lucas Hideo Sasaki. At No. 4, Gerbino recovered to defeat Kornel Kimagzweski, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.

In doubles, Agudelo-Marmestedt lost 6-4 at No. 1 and Gerbino-James Kelley fell 6-1 at No. 3. The No. 2 match was not finished, with Barton’s Hugh Ryder-Rory Gaydon trailing 5-3.


Diego Agudelo (B) def. Juan Carlos Romero 7-6, 6-4; Thembokwakhe Makhany (E) def. Rory Gaydon 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Oscar Marmestedt (B) def. Lucas Hideo Sasaki 3-6, 6-0, 6-0; Alessandro Gerbino (B) def. Kornel Kimagzweski 2-6, 7-5, 6-1; Jorge Canadas (E) def. James Kelley 6-3, 6-1; Enrique Alcacer (E) def. Hugh Ryder 6-4, 6-4.

Romero-Alcacer (E) def. Agudelo-Marmestedt 6-4; Sasaki-Canadas (EC) 5, Ryder-Gaydon 3 (not finished); Kimagzweski-Juan Camilio Burgos (E) def. Gerbino-Kelley 6-1.


SUMTER, S.C. — A pair of  wins in doubles netted the Barton College women’s tennis team its lone point in dropping a 4-1 decision to archrival University of Mount Olive in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas tournament on the Palmetto Tennis Center courts Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs concluded the season with a 14-9 record.

Barton’s doubles victors were all-conference performer Daria Avram-Ada Vargas by a 6-3 count at No. 1 and Vanessa Sanoja-Marissa Stevenson by a 6-4 margin at No. 2. The Lady Bulldogs’ Isabella Cabellero-Claudia Capellades bowed 6-3 at No. 3.

In singles, Caballero at No. 4, Vargas at No. 5 and Capellades at No. 6 dropped three-set decisions. Stevenson, at No. 3, was leading 7-6, 5-4 when her match was halted with the team outcome decided.


Ece Yuksel (MO) def. Daria Avram 6-3, 6-0; Lina Maria Alarcon (MO) def. Vanessa Sanoja 6-3, 6-4; Marissa Stevenson (B) vs. Arianna Orozco 7-6, 5-4, unfinished; Deike Schipper (MO) def. Isabella Caballero 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Carmen Espinos (MO) def. Ada Vargas 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; Maria Impalea (MO) vs. Claudia Capellades 5-7, 6-2, 2-2, unfinished

Avram-Vargas (B) def. Alarcon-Orozco 6-3; Sonoja-Stevenson (B) def. Schipper-Espinos 6-4; Yuksel-Emma Burroughs (MO) def. Cabellero-Capellades 6-3.