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.
Campbell runs top 100m time this year in New York at Reebok Grand Prix
Former Barton County Community College sprinter Veronica Campbell ran the fastest 100m time of the year this past weekend, taking gold in the Reebok Grand Prix in New York. Campbell ran a 10.91 for the win, beating 7 Americans in the race with her. That bested the time of 10.93 turned in earlier this year by Allyson Felix. Campbell had run an 11.02 previously for her best time this year. Her career best is 10.85 which she ran in 2005. She ran a 10.89 last year. Campbell also ran a 22.38 in the 200m during May, which is the 4th fastest time in the world. She is the defending 200m Olympic Gold Medalist from 2004 and will look to defend that title this summer in Beijing in August.
Cougar men and women take 5th at NJCAA Outdoor Meet; Simmons wins 2 golds
The Barton County Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams both finished 5th this past weekend at the NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Levelland, Texas. The men captured two gold medals on the way to 52.5 points. South Plains (Texas) won the men’s title with 135, followed by Central Arizona (119). The Cougar women had a double gold medal winner in Jasmine Simmons as the women won 3 events and ended with 84 points. Central Arizona won the meet with 131 while host South Plains was 2nd at 124.
Henry to run for US Virgin Islands in 2008 Olympics
Barton County Community College men’s track standout Tabarie Henry will run in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China later this summer as a member of the US Virgin Island team. Henry can run for either the USA or Virgin Islands since he was born in the Virgin Island before his family moved to the US. His mother is a native of the Caribbean Country. Henry has recently been informed by the Olympic committee in the Virgin Island that he will be part of the team.
Cougar men and women take 2nd at Region VI meet
The Barton County Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams both took 2nd place this past weekend at the Region VI Championships in Coffeyville. The men battled Butler for the top spot, coming up just short 157-140.5. The Barton women were a distant 2nd in the meet Butler 219-143. The women crowned 5 individual champions as well as 2 relay champions while the men had 3 individual champions and 3 relay champions. Next on the agenda will be the NJCAA Championships in Levelland, Texas May 15-17.
Barton wins 4x400m relay at Texas Relays; Brathwaite sets record in hurdles
The Barton County Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams split up this past weekend with some athletes going to the Texas Relays – annually one of the meets – and Hutchinson. At the Texas Relays, Barton turned in a four Top 3 efforts – two golden. The Cougars won the 4x400m relay and Ryan Brathwaite continued his record setting season in the hurdles with a win at the college division of the Relays.
Cougars open outdoor track season at Cowley Tiger Invitational
The Barton County Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their outdoor season in not so ideal conditions this past weekend at the Cowley Tiger Invitational in Arkansas City. In damp, cool, windy conditions, the Cougars were able to capture 4 events on both the men’s and women’s side in limited action. The Cougars had 7 different individuals win gold along with the men’s 4x100m relay team.
Barton men and women 2nd at NJCAA National Indoor Meet
The Barton County Community College men’s and women’s track and field team both finished 2nd place at the NJCAA National Indoor meet this past weekend at Charleston, Illinois. The Cougar men finished a distant 2nd behind National Champion Rend Lake (Ill) while the women were on the heels of Rend Lake, which also captured the women’s title. The men’s team crowned a pair of individual champions as well as a pair relay title winners. The women won 4 individual events and two relays. Jasmine Simmons was two jumping events and was named the Female Field Athlete of the Meet.
Brathwiate bests school record in 60m hurdles; Henry among world best in 400m
A pair of performances stood out for the Barton County Community College track and field this weekend as the Cougars begin to wind down their Indoor season. This past weekend saw Barton travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for the always competitive Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas. Ryan Brathwaite and Tabarie Henry turned in big efforts with Brathwaite putting his name alone atop the record books at Barton and Henry putting his name among the top 5 in the world this year. Barton will compete in the Region VI Championships at Manhattan next weekend in the final tune-up before the NJCAA Championships March 7-8.
Brathwaite ties school record in 60m hurdles; takes gold in Adidas Classic
Setting a school record on the track at Barton County Community College is not as easy feat. The school has seen former athletes compete in the Olympics in numerous hurdles, sprints, and middle distances races. So when Ryan Brathwaite put his name in the record books Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Nebraska is was quite an accomplishment. The freshman did that by winning the 60m hurdles at the Adidas Classic in Lincoln, Neb. in a record time of 7.69. That time tied him with Dexter Faulk for the best time ever at Barton.
Track teams off and running in Indoor season
The Barton County Community College indoor track heard its 1st starter’s pistol recently, completing its 2nd meet of the young season this past weekend in Ames, Iowa on the campus of Iowa State University. The week before Barton competed at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The Cougars have had some impressive early season efforts headlined by Ryan Brathwaite, who has placed himself in the top 2 nationally as well as in the Barton record books. Several other Cougars have placed themselves in the Top 2 at the junior college level as well just 2 meets into the season.
Gay wins sprint double at Worlds; cements status as fastest in the world
Former Barton County Community College sprinter Tyson Gay left no doubt following his gold medal in the 200m at the IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships that he is the fastest man in the world. Gay captured the sprint double in Osaka, Japan in a record fashion on Day 6 of the Championships, winning the event in 19.76. That is a new record at the World Championships, which was run into a slight headwind. Gay had earlier won the 100m. Veronica Campbell will try and join him as a sprint double champion tomorrow when she – along with 2 more former Cougars – line up for the 200m women’s final.
Gay, Campbell crowned 100m champions at World Championships
Former Barton County Community College sprinters Tyson Gay and Veronica Campbell continued to wear the label the fastest in the world as they won 100m gold at the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships is Osaka, Japan. Gay won the men’s 100m Sunday with a time of 9.85 while Campbell captured a photo-finish gold in 11.01 this morning. For Gay it was his 1st medal at any major championship. Campbell had previously won bronze in the 100m and gold in the 200m at the 2004. Walter Davis will bring home a medal for the 2nd straight time in the triple jump at the World Championships, collecting bronze this year as the defending champion in 2005. Davis and Gay account for 2 of the USA’s 7 medals after 3 days of competition. The 3 medals for former Cougars would rank them 2nd only to the USA’s 7. Three countries have 3 medals.
Gay runs 2nd fastest 200m ever; takes sprint double at US Championships
Former Barton County Community College sprinter Tyson Gay cemented his title as the current fastest man in the world with a pair of gold medals at the recent USA Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. Gay won the 100m and 200m in meet-record setting fashion, running the fastest times in the world this year in the process. His 200m time of 19.62 is the 2nd fastest ever in the 200m. His time of 9.84 in the 100m finals was the largest at the US Championships in at least 30 years.
Campbell turns in fastest 100m this year in Jamaican National Meet
Former Barton County Community College Olympic Gold Medal winner Veronica Campbell continued to run among the elite sprinters in the world, turning in the fastest 100m in world this year during her gold medal efforts at the Jamaican National Championships recently. Campbell took the sprint double winning the 200m as well. She was one of several former Cougars who showed well at the event.