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Campbell wins 200m Olympic gold once again; Sands takes bronze in triple jump

Armstrong earns silver medal in 4x100m relay; Jamaican women drop baton in finals

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Armstrong gets his Olympic medal; Jamaican women drop baton in 4x100
Aaron Armstrong, one of the oldest former Cougars at the 2008 Olympics, finally got his medal Friday as a member of 4x100m relay team for Trinidad & Tobago. Armstrong ran for the Cougars in 1999 and had seen former Barton teammate  Bernard Williams earn an Olympic medal in 2004. This year it was the 31-year old Armstrong’s turn as Trinidad took the silver medal in the 4x100m relay behind a world record effort from Jamaica. Armstrong did not run in the finals for Trinidad but did run in the opening round to send the team to the finals and will receive a medal. He had run in the 200m earlier in the Olympics, making it to the quarterfinals. The Jamaican women weren’t as fortunate with former Cougar Veronica Campbell-Brown anchoring things as the 2nd exchange dropped the baton and the team did medal. Jamaica was the defending 4x100m Olympic Gold medal winner.

Campbell wins 200m gold again; Sands takes bronze in triple jump
Make it two straight gold medals in the Olympic 200m for Veronica Campbell-Brown. The former Barton Community College track standout ran the best 200m of her career in winning the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal after capturing gold in the same event in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Campbell becomes the 2nd female to win back-to-back 200m in Olympic competition, matching the feat of Barbel Eckert of East Germany in 1976 and 1980. Leevan Sands earned his 1st Olympic medal with a bronze effort in the men’s triple jump. Tyson Gay saw his Olympics end without a medal when the men’s US 4x100m relay team dropped the baton on the final exchange. Aaron Armstrong, running as part of the Trinidad & Tobago 4x100m relay team, won that heat to advance to the finals. The Jamaican women’s 4x100m relay team with former Cougars Campbell and Aleen Bailey running, also moved into the finals.

Campbell to finals of 200m; Brathwaite comes up short in bid for finals
Former Barton Community College track star Veronica Campbell-Brown remains on track to defend her 2004 Olympic Gold medal in the 200m with an impressive outing in the semifinals of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Campbell rolled to a win in heat 1 to advance to the finals. Ryan Brathwaite, a current Barton Cougar, missed a spot in the 110m hurdle finals with a 7th place finish in his heat of the semifinals after hitting a pair of hurdles. Campbell will join former Cougar Leevan Sands in a finals event Thursday as Sands takes place in the men’s triple jump finals.

Campbell, Brathwaite run to semifinals in Olympics; Henry misses semis
Veronica Campbell-Brown began defense of her 200m Olympic Gold in impressive fashion while 1st-time Olympian and sophomore at Barton Community College Ryan Brathwaite continues his fun in Beijing with trip to the semifinals of the 110m hurdles. Another sophomore at Barton, Tabarie Henry, missed out on the semifinals but ran a personal best and broke his own US Virgin Island record in the 400m. Laverne Jones-Ferrette, also of the Virgin Islands, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 200m before seeing her Olympics come to an end.

Henry, Brathwaite, Sands, all advance in Olympics
The two current Barton Community College track and field stars made their way through the opening round of Olympic competition Monday in Beijing as Tabarie Henry and Ryan Brathwaite advanced in the 400m and 110m hurdles. Henry moved into semifinal action for the US Virgin Islands while Brathwaite advanced to the quarterfinals for Barbados. Two more former Cougars also pushed forward as Leevan Sands advanced to the finals of the triple jump and Aaron Armstrong moved into the quarterfinals of the 200m before placing 5th and missing the semifinals.

Fountain takes bronze in Heptathlon; Gay fails to make 100m finals
It was not a great Saturday for a pair of former Barton Community College track stars at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Hyleas Fountain watched her quest for a gold medal turn to silver and eventually bronze with struggles in one of her better events and Tyson Gay’s bid for a medal ended in the semifinals of the 100m. Laverne Jones-Ferrette failed to make the semifinals in the women’s 100m. Fountain ended her 1st Olympics with the bronze medal – one of the best individual finished by a former Cougar at the Olympics. Fountain scored 6619 points. Veronica Campbell’s gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in the 200m remains the only individual gold for a former Cougar. John Moffitt (long jump in 2004) and Bernard Williams (200m in 2004) won individual silver medals. Fountain joins Campbell (100m in 2004) and Derrick Brew (400m in 2004) as bronze medalist in Olympic games.

Fountain leads Heptathlon 1st Day; Gay sprints into 100m semifinals
Two former Barton Community College athletes with the good chances for a medal made it through the opening day of track and field at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in good shape. Hyleas Fountain leads the Heptathlon after the 1st day of competition while Tyson Gay cruised through a pair of 100m races and into the semifinals Friday at the 29th Olympiad. A 3rd former Cougar competed as well in the opening but Mardrea Hyman was not able to make it to the finals of the 3000m Steeplechase.

Barton to be represented by 11 current or former track and field stars
The 2008 Olympics in Beijing are underway but the for 11 current or former Barton Community College track stars, their Olympics don’t get started until Friday when the track and field portion of the Olympiad begins. Barton will have 2 current members of the track team in Beijing and 9 former members. Of those 11, 9 will participate in individual events while 2 will be in a relay pool. The two current members of the Barton track team are Tabarie Henry and Ryan Brathwaite. Henry will run the 400m for the US Virgin Island while Brathwaite will compete in the 110m high hurdles for Barbados. Headlining the former Barton contingent will be Tyson Gay, who is among the favorites to medal in the men’s 100m and Veronica Campbell, the defending gold medal winner in the 200m for the women. Hyleas Fountain will take the best mark in the world into the Heptahlon.

Brathwaite reaches Olympic A mark; sets school record in 110m hurdles
Barton Community College sophomore Ryan Brathwaite set the school record and reached the Olympic A standard in the 110m hurdles at the Central American & Caribbean Senior Championships. Brathwaite will compete for Barbados during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Brathwaite – the NJCAA Championship last season as a freshman for the Cougars – ran a 13.49 to break the Barbados national record, which he already held. In the last Olympics former Cougars Stephen Jones ran in the 110m hurdles for Barbados. In the finals, Brathwaite ran a 13.66, placing 5th.

Gay injured in 200m; Fountain, Davis just miss US team in jumps
Tyson Gay will not be seeking a sprint double in the 2008 Olympics, pulling up lame just a few meters into the quarterfinals of the 200m at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Gay had won the 100m with a new American Record in the 1st session of the Trials. Hyleas Fountain and Walter Davis just missed earning a spot on the US team in jumping events as Fountain took 4th in the women’s long jump and Davis 4th in the men’s triple jump. Fountain will be a part of the US team in the Heptathlon. Bernard Williams, Susan King, Cassandra Lee, and Garland Porter all made the finals of their event but did not finish in the top 3 to earn a spot on the US team in Beijing, China later this summer.

Gay breaks 100m American Record; Fountain dominates in Heptathlon
Tyson Gay and Hyleas Fountain both turned in dominate performances over the weekend at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon in the process of earning themselves a spot in the Olympics for the 1st time their careers. Gay broke the American record in the 100m while Fountain dominated the field in the heptathlon. Both will be back for more during the 2nd session of the US Trials. There were the only two former Barton Community College athletes to earn a spot on the US team during the 1st weekend of qualifying.

Campbell to defend 200m Olympic Gold; Sands to jump in Beijing
Former Barton Community College star and reigning Olympic Gold Medalist in the 200m Veronica Campbell-Brown will be defending her title in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing later this summer after earning a spot on the Jamaican Team this weekend during Olympic Trials in the country. Campbell won the 200m but will not be competing in the 100m at this year’s Olympics, finishing 4th in a highly competitive finals. Also earning a spot from the Caribbean will be Leevan Sands from the Bahamas, after winning the nations triple jump title. For Sands it will be a return trip to track and field’s highest stage after competing in the 2004 Olympics in the triple.

Caribbean nations in midst of Olympic Trials
Several former Barton Community College track and field athletes will compete this weekend for a place on their nations 2008 Olympic Team later this summer in Beijing, China. Jamaica and the Bahamas are two countries that will have former Cougars competing to make the Olympics. Trinidad & Tobago just completed their national championships this past weekend with one ex Cougar more than likely earning a spot at the Olympics when Aaron Armstrong qualified in both the 100m and 200m. This weekend reigning Olympic 200m gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown will vie for a spot on the Jamaican team again in both the 100m and 200m as well as the 4x100m relay. She will be among close to double digit former Cougars competing at the championships.

Former Cougars ready for US Olympic Trials
Several former Barton Community College track and field athletes will attempt to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics when the US Olympic Trials are held in Eugene, Ore. over the next two weekends. A handful of former Cougars are among the tops in the United States with a very good shot at making the US Olympic team. Another group of former Cougars will get the chance to make the team as longshots with anywhere from 15-20 ex Barton track and field stars expected to compete for a place on the US Olympic team. Qualifying marks are based on this year performance. In addition, those who medaled in the 2004 Olympics or at the World Championships in 2005 and 2007 or the World Athletic Finals in 2006 automatically qualify to participate in the US Olympic Trials.

Friday, August 15
Heptathlon - Women
Hyleas Fountain (USA)

100m hurdles - 8 pm CDT (Thursday)
High jump - 9:30 pm CDT (Thursday)
Shot Put - 6 am CDT
200m - 8:15 am CDT
Day 1 Totals

100m - Men
Tyson Gay (USA)

1st round - 8:45 pm CDT (Thursday)
Quarterfinals - 6:45 am CDT

3000m Steeplechase - Women
Mardrea Hyman (Jamaica)

1st round - 7:25 am CDT

Saturday, August 16
Heptathlon - Women
Hyleas Fountain (USA)

Long jump - 8:50 pm CDT (Friday)
Javelin - 6 am CDT
800m - 8:45 am CDT

100m - Women
Laverne Jones-Ferrette (US Virgin Islands)

1st round - 9:50 pm CDT (Friday)
Quarterfinals - 7:35 am CDT

100m - Men
Tyson Gay (USA)

Semifinals - 7:05 am CDT
Finals - 9:30 am CDT

Monday, August 18
400m - Men
Tabarie Henry (US Virgin Islands)

1st round - 8 pm CDT (Sunday)

Triple Jump - Men
Leevan Sands (Bahamas)

1st round - 9 pm CDT (Sunday)

200m - Men
Aaron Armstrong (Trinidad &Tobago)

1st round - 9:05 pm CDT (Sunday)
Quarterfinals - 7:05 am CDT

110m hurdles - Men
Ryan Brathwaite (Barbados)

1st round - 10:10 pm CDT (Sunday)

Tuesday, August 19
200m - Women
Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica)
Laverne Jones-Ferrette (US Virgin Islands)

1st round - 9:40 pm CDT (Monday)
Quarterfinals - 6 am CDT

110m hurdles - Men
Ryan Brathwaite (Barbados)

Quarterfinals - 7:45 am CDT

400m - Men
Tabarie Henry (US Virgin Islands)

Semifinals - 8:45 am CDT

Wednesday, August 20
110m hurdles - Men
Ryan Brathwaite (Barbados)

Semifinals - 8:30 am CDT

200m - Women
Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica)

Semifnals - 8:55 am CDT

Thursday, August 21
200m - Women
Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica)

Finals - 6:30 am CDT

Triple Jump - Men
Leevan Sands (Bahamas)

Finals - 7:20 am CDT

4x100m Relay - Men
Tyson Gay (USA)
Aaron Armstrong (Trinidad &Tobago)

1st round - 7:20 am CDT

4x100m Relay - Women
Veronica Campbell, Aleen Bailey, Simone Facey (Jamaica)
1st round - 7:55 am CDT

Friday, August 22
4x100m Relay - Women
Veronica Campbell, Aleen Bailey, Simone Facey (Jamaica)
Finals - 8:15 am CDT

4x100m Relay - Men
Aaron Armstrong (Trinidad &Tobago)
Finals - 9:10 am CDT