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Barton women see championship run end; Adams stars at NJCAA Championships
The Barton County Community College women’s track and field team saw its string of 6 straight NJCAA Outdoor titles come to and end with a runner-up finish at the 2006 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Coffeyville. Barton finished 2nd with 131 points with Central Arizona winning the meet with 160 points. South Plains (Texas) was 3rd at 117. Aisha Adams was the star of the meet, ending a busy weekend with a pair of gold medals, two silver medals and a total of 46 points by herself. She was later named Co-Field Athlete of the Meet. The meet was also the final one for Barton Coach Lyles Lashley, who will leave the Cougars with 13 national titles out of a possible 16 during his 4 year tenure at the helm of the Barton track team. The women’s team won all 4 NJCAA Indoor title and 3 of 4 NJCAA outdoor titles.

Cougar men 3rd at NJCAA Track for 2nd straight season
The Barton County Community College men’s track and field team was clearly one of the top 3
teams in the country yet again. But, like last season, the finish for the Cougars was just that, 3rd place. After seeing its string of 7 straight NJCAA outdoor titles end last season with a 3rd place finish, that is where the Cougars finished again this year in the 2006 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Coffeyville. The order of finish was identical to last year with Central Arizona (165.5) winning the meet followed by South Plains (125), then Barton (112). Wallace State finished 4th with 42 points. The meet was also the final one for Barton Coach Lyles Lashley, who will leave the Cougars with 13 national titles out of a possible 16 during his 4 year tenure at the helm of the Barton track team. The men’s team won all 4 NJCAA Indoor title and 2 NJCAA outdoor titles.

Adams shines as Cougars hold off Butler for 22nd straight Region VI title
There was a bit of tension for the Barton County Community College women’s track and field team Saturday at the Region VI Outdoor Championships in Arkansas City. Chatter was going around that Butler County might put an end to the run of 21 straight Region VI titles the Cougars had claimed. But it proved to be just that – chatter. In the end Barton easily won its 22nd straight Region VI outdoor title behind an incredible effort Aisha Adams. The Cougars scored 185 points for the title while Butler finished with 162 points for runner-up. Adams was responsible for 48 of the Cougars points and was named the Field Athlete of the Meet for her efforts.

Barton men roll to Region VI title; Sanders earns Athlete of the Meet
The Barton County Community College men’s track and field team did what it usually does at the Region VI Championships – dominate. The Cougars nearly doubled their closest competition on the day, scoring 205 points on their way to the team’s 10th straight championship. Johnson County finished a distant 2nd with 116. Perry Sanders won a pair of throwing events and took 2nd in another to earn the Field Athlete of the Meet at the Championships. His 2 wins were just a pair among the 13 events the Cougars won during the meet. In fact, Barton won every event it entered with the exception of 2 events, where the Cougars placed 2nd. Barton will now turn its focus to recapturing the NJCAA National Title it had won 7 straight years until that string was broken last year by Central Arizona.

Outdoor track turns in strong showing at Oklahoma
The Barton County Community College men’s and women’s track teams traveled to Norman, Oklahoma this past weekend to compete in the John Jacobs Invitational. The Cougars were not just up against their opponents, they also had to battle severe weather and strong winds at the meet. Despite the elements, both teams were able to return home with plenty of rewards for their performances.

Cougar women capture 9th straight indoor title
A couple of years ago talk around the NJCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships had Essex College (NJ) perhaps putting an end to the dominance of the Barton County Community College women’s track team. At that time, the streak was 6 straight indoor titles for Barton. The Cougars were not only able to fend off the Wolverines, but won the meet by an impressive 47 points. Fast forward two years to 2006 and the Barton streak had reached 8 straight and once again there was talk of Essex putting an end to that streak. But, once again, it was just that – talk. Barton with only 11 women competing, Barton again held off the Wolverines, winning its 9th straight title. The Cougars ended the meet with 147 to 133 for Essex. The 9 straight titles are the most consecutive in the NJCAA with Barton adding another year to that streak. The 2nd longest streak is 4 held by Barton and Eastern Oklahoma State.

Men get record-tying 9th straight NJCAA Indoor Track and Field title
What a difference one year can make. After needing things to neatly fall into place to earn an 8th straight NJCAA Indoor Track and Field title last season, the Barton County Community College men’s track and field team made its 9th straight title a relatively easy one. The Cougars coasted home by a cushion of nearly 50 points. Barton won its 9th straight title – tying Blinn College (Texas) for the most consecutive titles indoor – with 136.5 points to 78 for a distant runner-up, Rend Lake (Ill). Barton won just 2 events during the day, but Barton in bunches and often during the event, placing in the top 4 in 13 of the 20 events. Of the 7 events Barton didn’t place in the Top 4, more than half were because the Cougars didn’t enter anyone. Coach Lyles Lashley was tabbed as the Men’s Coach of the Meet for his teams’ effort.

Barton women’s indoor track team seeks 9th straight title
The Barton County Community College women’s track and field team has kicked off their indoor season. The Cougars, just like the men’s team, are in search of a 9th consecutive NJCAA Indoor Track national title. The women’s team dominated last year’s national meet, winning the championship by almost 100 points over 2nd place Essex County (NJ). Barton’s women have traveled to 3 Division I schools so far, competing at the University of Nebraska, University of Arkansas, and Iowa State.

 

Barton men’s indoor season under way with first 3 meets of the year
The Barton County Community College men’s track and field team has started their quest for a 9th consecutive NJCAA title. The Cougars have won every indoor title since 1998, including an improbable comeback for the 8th straight last year. With the indoor title this year, Barton would tie the record for most consecutive titles of 9 set by Blinn College (Texas) from 1986-1995. The 8-year championship run is the 2nd longest. Barton has participated in 3 high profile venues so far, namely the University of Nebraska, University of Arkansas, and Iowa State University.

Brew wins gold in 4x400m; Campbell, Bailey, McDonald silver in 4x100m
The 10th World Track and Field Championships came to a close this past weekend with 4 former Barton County Community College athletes collecting medals in relay events. Derrick Brew earned a gold medal as part of the USA’s 4x400m relay while Veronica Campbell, Aleen Bailey, and Beverly McDonald went home to Jamaica with silver medals in the 4x100m relay. That pushed the medal count at the event to 6.

Campbell takes 4th in 200m; Davis, Sands struggle in long jump
It wasn’t the best day for former Barton County Community College track and field stars at the 10th annual World Track and Field Championships Thursday in Helsinki, Finland. Veronica Campbell – the 200m Olympic Gold Medalist in 2004 – finished 4th in the 200m while Walter Davis – fresh off his triple jump gold Wednesday – failed to make the finals of the long jump as did Leevan Sands. Tyson Gay, running the 3rd leg of the USA’s 4x100m relay could only watch as the 1st exchange dropped the baton. The lone bright spot for the day came as Aleen Bailey and Beverly McDonald helped the Jamaican women’s 4x100m relay team win their heat and advance to the finals Saturday.

Davis captures triple jump gold; Sands, Gay just miss out on medals
Walter Davis’ already has his spot in the Barton County Community College Sports Hall of Fame. Thursday in Helsinki, Finland, Davis did what no other previous Cougar had ever done – win an individual gold medal at the World Track and Field Championships. Davis did that by busting loose a big jump on his final jump of the opening round of finals. Former Cougar Leevan Sands just missed medaling, placing 4th in the event. Another ex Barton star also just missed a medal as Tyson Gay took 4th in the 200m – a race that featured a 1-2-3-4 finish by the United States. Also on Thursday, Veronica Campbell moved into the finals of the women’s 200m while Laverne Jones (200m) and Chris Pinnock (110m hurdles) saw their stay the 10th World Championships come to an end in semifinal action.

Campbell, Gay impressive in 200m; Sands, Davis likewise in triple jump
Tyson Gay and Veronica Campbell both easily moved on in their 200m races while Leevan Sands and Walter Davis did the same in the triple jump. But those weren’t the only former Barton County Community College track standouts to have good days in the 10th World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to the 4 expected qualifiers, Chris Pinnock showed he can still run a pretty good hurdle race, taking 3rd in his 1st round heat to move into the semifinals of the 110m hurdles. Laverne Jones will join Campbell in the women’s 200m semifinals and Aaron Armstrong ran well in the men’s 200m also, making it to the semifinals before bowing out. That is his best showing at the World Championships.

Gay, Armstrong to 200m quarterfinals; rain halts evening events
Tyson Gay was impressive in his opening round of the 200m at the 10th annual World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Then the weather became impressive and wiped out several events slated for the evening session in Helsinki. Gay will be joined by another former Cougar in the quarterfinals today as Aaron Armstrong also qualified. The men’s triple jump, which has a pair of former Cougars in Walter Davis and Leevan Sands, also was washed out.

Campbell edged at wire in 100m finals at World Track Championships
Veronica Campbell’s bid for a pair of gold medals at the 10th World Track and Field Championships will come up a bit short. Campbell took silver in the 100m dash Monday, just getting edged out at the wire by the USA’s Lauryn Williams. Williams won the race in 10.93 to Campbell’s 10.95 – a season-best for Campbell. France’s Christine Arron took 3rd in 10.98.

Campbell, Bailey roll into 100m semifinals at World Championships; Fountain 12th
Veronica Campbell continues to show she is one of the fastest women in the world as she rolled into the semifinals of the 100m dash at the 10th annual World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Campbell will be joined by another former Barton County Community College track and field star – Aleen Bailey – in the semis. In addition to those two, several more athletes have competed or will compete during the 9-day competition. The competition got under way Saturday and will run through this Sunday.