Cunningham breaks her Barton hammer throw record

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ELON — Sophomore Janae Cunningham broke one of her school records for the second straight week in competing for the Barton College women’s track team in the Phoenix Invitational, hosted by Elon University, over the weekend.

Cunningham, a product of Hubert, established a new standard of 38.35 meters or 125 feet, 10 inches in the hammer throw, surpassing her previous mark of 38.05 meters established in the same meet last year. She placed 16th among 36 throwers. Cunningham also placed 10th in the javelin — a record-setting event for her last week.

The Lady Bulldogs received top-five finishes from senior Sharon Kiptoo in the 1,500-meter run (fifth among 29 with a time of 4:59.94) and from freshman Jasmine Watson in the 100-meter dash (fifth among eight with a time of 16.32 seconds).

Setting personal records were sophomore Meghan Araida in the 800 and 1,500 runs and freshman Carla Joseph in the shot put.

Barton competes next weekend in the VSU Trojan Invite at Virginia State University.

Barton’s Clemons, Russell claim first places

ELON — Sophomore Micah Clemons and junior Larry Russell each posted first-place finishes for the Barton College men’s track team in the Phoenix Invitational, hosted by Elon University, over the weekend.

Clemons, who hails from Greenville, claimed the top spot among 22 competitors in the hammer throw with a toss of 55.67 meters or 182 feet, 8 inches. The throw was just 17 meters (or six inches) off his Barton school record and NCAA provisional mark. Clemons also placed third in the shot put with a season-best toss of 14.44 meters and ninth in the discus (39.91 meters).

Sicklerville, New Jersey’s Russell paced a triple-jump field of 16 competitors with an effort of 14.47 meters. The mark was the best of his career, but was wind-aided and will not count as a personal record. Russell also plaed fourth in the high jump with his first outdoor mark (1.86 meters) of the year.

Bulldogs notching personal records were freshman Chiantsi Ghee in the discus and hammer throw; Evan Lee in the 1,500-meter run, Qasim Ray in the 400-meter hurdles and 110-meter high hurdles. Ray took fifth in both events.