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Cougar men and women track teams take 2nd at NJCAA Outdoor Championships
Brathwaite bests school record with 13.30 at Rebook Grand Prix; Henry 4th in 400m, Edwards 2nd in B race of 100m
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White Line Fever 2009

Barton men come up short in quest for NJCAA Outdoor Track title
The Barton Community College men’s track and field team came up just short in its quest for a return to the top of the NJCAA track world. The Cougars came in 2nd at the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hutchinson this past weekend missing the title by 4 1/2 points. Barton had its chances in a battle with South Plains College (Texas) but couldn’t quite make up all the projected 10-point deficit the Cougars entered the meet with. South Plains won the meet with 136 1/2 points to Barton’s 132. The title for South Plains was the 3rd in a row for the Texans. The Cougar men did crown 5 champions with Max Alonso winning two NJCAA titles in the throwing events. Barton spent most of Saturday playing catch-up to the Texans and still had an outside shot in the final event of the day. Five Top 15 times in the world were set in the sprinting events at the Championships – 3 by Cougars.

Barton women take 2nd at NJCAA Outdoor Track Championships
The Barton Community College women’s track and field team turned in a good performance this past weekend, coming in 2nd at the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hutchinson. South Plains College (Texas) won the championship with 142.33 points, well ahead of Barton’s 94. The Cougars also easily outdistanced Central Arizona, which was 3rd with 76. Central Arizona was projected to place 2nd and Barton 3rd so it was a very good weekend for the Cougars. The women won 3 events with Jasmine Simmons just missing a repeat double in the jumping events. Andrea Southerland defended her title in the 400m hurdles, setting a school record.

ougars look to regain spot as King of the NJCAA Track Mountain
For several years Barton Community College was the team to beat when it came to the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. While still annually one of the top teams the past few years, the Cougar men are primed to make a run for that top spot once again. Barton is armed with a pair of 2008 Olympians as well as one of the fastest sprinters in the world this year. That trio, along with some quality depth, should give Barton its best chance to win the NJCAA title since its run of 7 straight titles ended in 2005. The Barton women had its title run of 6 snapped in 2006. The Cougar women are headlined by 2-time defending champion Jasmine Simmons. Simmons will return to defend her titles in the long jump and triple jump.
The event will take place at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson this year and is the closest venue the Cougars have been to home in 9 years. That will give Barton fans their best chance to see the Cougar athletes in action for that same time frame as well, including two Olympians and a possible 3rd in the future. The meet will start Thursday with a limited number of events and pick up Friday with several of the preliminaries on the track and some finals in the field. Saturday will be a full day of finals on the track with more field events as well.

Barton men and women roll to Region VI track and field titles
The Barton Community College track team cruised to Region VI outdoor titles on both the men’s and women’s side, winning by more than 70 points each. The men finished with 208 points to runner-up Butler’s 130. The women posted 200 points to runner-up Coffeyville’s 126. The Cougar men had both the track and field athlete of the meet on the men’s side and the field athlete of the meet on the women’s. Max Alonso won in the field for the men by capturing the discus and shot put. Alonso won the discus with a new Region VI record. Tabarie Henry earned the award on the track by winning a gold in the 200m and running on the Cougars’ winning 4x100m relay team. Jasmine Simmons earned the Athlete of the Meet in the field for the women as she doubled in the jumps winning the long jump by more than 1 foot and the triple jump by more than 4 feet.

Brathwaite runs 3rd fastest time in world; Edward clocks wind-aided 10.03
The Barton Community College track team turned in some world-ranked efforts this past weekend at the Texas Relays as the outdoor season picks up steam. In just the 2nd outdoor meet of the season and the 1st against some top level competition, Barton’s Ryan Brathwaite ran the 3rd fastest time in the world this year in the 100m hurdles and Alonso Edward ran a blistering 10.03 in a wind-aided 100m dash.

Cougar men and women take 2nd at NJCAA Indoor Championships
The Barton Community College indoor track teams took 2nd this past weekend at the NJCAA National Indoor Championships at Lubbock, Texas. The Cougars had some outstanding efforts at the meet including an NJCAA Championship record effort by Alonso Edward in the 200m. It tied the school record at Barton. Edward was also part of the men’s 4x400m relay team set a meet record as was Tabarie Henry who captured a pair of gold medals. The Cougar women won a pair of relays in the event. South Plains (Texas) won both the men’s and women’s NJCAA Indoor National Championships. The outdoor season gets started next weekend in Lindsborg at Bethany College with the Swede Invitational.

Edward enters world top 10 in 200m; Brathwaite, Henry keep rolling along
The Barton Community College indoor track teams have completed their final 2 meets prior to the Region VI Championships this weekend and did impressively. Alonso Edward moved into the top 10 in the world this year in the 200m with a time of 20.89 this past weekend at Texas A&M and Tabarie Henry finds himself just outside the top 10 in the 400m. Ryan Brathwaite continued his dominance with a pair of win in the 60m hurdles, including a top 20 world time and meet record at Nebraska. For the women, April Williams and Jasmine Simmons continue to pace the Cougars.

Henry sets NJCAA record in 600 yards at Texas Tech
The Barton Community College indoor track teams have gotten off to a great start the first month of the season with 2008 Olympian Tabarie Henry putting his name in the record books already. Alonso Edward has established himself as one of the top 20 sprinters in the world so far as well for the Cougar men as the freshman from Panama has started his Barton career with a bang. The men’s 4x400m relay also put together a time that is just off the Top 5 in the world as well. For the women in the early meets, April Williams has put her name in the Barton record book in the 60m hurdles, replacing the name of Olympian Hyleas Fountain on the top of that list.

2008 Olympics

Friday-Saturday March 6-7
Indoor Track & Field
NJCAA Championships
at Lubbock, Texas
Barton in NJCAA Championships

Saturday March 21
Outdoor Track & Field
Swede Invitational
at Lindsborg, Kansas
Barton in Swede Invitational

Sunday March 29
Outdoor Track & Field
Fort Hays Invitational
at Hays, Kansas
Barton in Fort Hays Invitational

Thursday-Saturday April 2-4
Outdoor Track & Field
Texas Relays
at Austin, Texas
Barton in Texas Relays

Saturday April 11
Outdoor Track & Field
Nebraska Invitational
at Lincoln, Nebraska
Barton in Nebraska Invitational

Friday-Saturday April 17-18
Outdoor Track & Field
John McDonnell Invite
at Fayetteville, Arkansas
Barton in John McDonnell Invite

Saturday April 25
Outdoor Track & Field
JD Martin Invite
at Norman, Oklahoma
Barton in JD Martin Invite

Saturday May 2
Outdoor Track & Field
Texas Invitational
at Austin, Texas
Barton in Texas Invitational

Thursday-Saturday May 7-9
Outdoor Track & Field
Region VI Championships
at Arkansas City, Kansas
Barton in Region VI Championships

Thursday-Saturday May 21-23
Outdoor Track & Field
NJCAA Championships
at Hutchinson, Kansas
Barton in NJCAA Championships