Barton’s Russell finishes 5th in long jump at nationals, becomes All-American for third time

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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Barton College junior Larry Russell posted a fifth-place finish in the long jump Friday at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, earning his second career indoor All-America designation and third overall.

Russell, who was third in the long jump at the outdoor national championships last May, soared 7.6 meters on his second jump of finals after winning his flight with a leap of 7.59. However, Sedeekie Edie of Lincoln (Missouri) University went 7.76 meters on his final jump to win the national championship, adding to his 2016 indoor title and 2017 outdoor crown in the long jump.

Bjoern Klehn of Christian Brothers University was second at 7.70 meters, followed closely by Brian Huber of Minnesota State University Moorhead in third at 7.69. Michane Ricketts, representing the Academy of Art, was eventually credited with fourth place at 7.64, followed by Russell at 7.60. Issac Grimes of Chadron State College trailed Russell in sixth at 7.54.

Russell qualified for the national meet with an indoor school record leap of 7.63 meters at the Conference Carolinas Championship. He won both the long jump and high jump, placed third in the triple jump and came in fifth in the 60-meter hurdles to earn 30 points and the league’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year Award.

He ranked among the top five regionally in all three of the jumps, leading to his selection as Southeast Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.