Track and Field finishes second at Region VI Indoor Championships

The Barton Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams both finished second in the 2012 Region VI Indoor Championship this past weekend at Ahern Field House in Manhattan.   The Cougar men came up three points short of Johnson County Community College as the team champion was determined in the final event of the day, the 4X400 relay.  Barton trailed by one and needed the win but Johnson beat out the Cougars by .53 to capture the championship.  The Lady Cougars held an eight point lead on Coffeyville Community College headed to the 4X400 but due to injury Barton’s second seeded relay team was unable to compete.  Coffeyville finished second in the event which closed the gap to earn a tie with Barton for second place.   The Cougars will spend the next two weeks training and healing injuries in preparation for the 2012 NJCAA Indoor Championship March 2-3 in Lubbock, Texas.

Highlights – Men
The Cougars won six events on the day highlighted by sophomore Jharyl Bowry.  Bowry captured first place in the high jump, second place in the long jump, and third place in the triple jump on the way to earning the Outstanding Male Field Event Athlete award.  Bowry won the high jump at a national qualifying 2.00m despite he had not competed in high jump this year.  In the long jump Bowry captured second at 7.33m then rounded out his field events by adding a third place in the triple jump with a jump of 14.29m.   Tony Green closed out the field event first place finishes for the Cougars with a 14.89 winning jump in the triple jump. Green also captured third place in the 60m hurdles.

On the track Barton scored wins in 60m, 400m, 800m, and 60m hurdles.  Akeem Haynes captured the 60m with a time of 6.83 while also finishing seventh in the 200m.  Aliaksandr Linnik, who almost made up the deficit from the anchor position of the 4X400 relay, won the 400m with a time of 49.31, as well as, finishing sixth in the 60m in 6.95.  Tayron Reyes and Demetrius Lindo rounded out the first place finishes on the track by winning the 800m in 1:57.76 and 60m hurdles in 8:18 respectively.  Lindo also finished fifth in the 60m at 6.89 and sixth in the 200m with a time of 22:25.  Barton placed three of the top six in the 60m with Haynes, Lindo,   Usually a strong area for the Cougars, Barton was only able to gain six points in the throws via  Wes Tuck’s fifth place 14.45m throw and Tyler Rathke’s 14.15m seventh place throw in the shot put.  Barton also gained an additional five points courtesy of Taariq Ali’s 7.01m fourth place finish in the long jump.

Highlights - Women
The Lady Cougars won five events with Janee Mickens and Yakaterina Miroshnikova each winning two of the four.  Mickens won the shot put and weight throw with heaves of 13.90m and 16.27m respectively.  Miroshnikova won the mile run in 5:26.50 and the 1000m in 3:00.86, both nearly five seconds in front of her nearest competitor.  Agata Klimovich captured Barton’s other first place with 57.47 time in the 400m.

Kandace Thomas, one of several Lady Cougars fighting through injury and sickness, finished second in the 60m at 7.64 and competing in the long jump for the first time this season finished third with a jump of 5.27m.  Dana Gates also did well in the field as she finished second in the long jump at 5.30m and her 10.21m jump was good for fifth place in the triple jump.

Ellinwood native Paulina Montoya was one of five Lady Cougars to score in two events as she placed fourth in the 5000m in a time of 19:35.11 and sixth in the 3000m clocking in at 11:41.04.  Aarian Tipton rounded out the Barton scoring with a 25.72 seventh place finish in the 60m.

Complete results

Released:  February 20, 2012

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