Seventy-three Barton Community College students associated with Barton Athletics received Spring 2016 academic honors awarded by the College. Twenty-four of the students earned President's List honors for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average while another forty-nine achieved or exceeded a 3.5 grade point average to earn Dean's List distinctive achievement awards.
It was a successful season the diamond for the Barton softball team. A season in which the Cougars spent a lot of time ranked in the Top 10. A season that ended in the Region VI tournament at the hands of the eventually NJCAA National Champion.
For one former Barton track star it may be his last go at the Olympics. For another it was an attempt to make his first Olympic team. Both came up short at the United States Olympic trials this past weekend in Eugene, Ore.
Ricky Nelson of the Barton Community College men's track and field team placed fourth Sunday in the men's discus throw at the 2016 USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships held in Clovis, Calif. Outside of the top two USA automatic qualifiers for the World Championships, the returning sophomore from Belleville, Ill., earned Junior All-American status awarded to the top six placers.
Brittany Wood of the Barton Community College softball team was recently named to the third team of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American selections. Recognized among 48 Division I student athletes across the nation of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Wood was one of 12 outfielders selected joining pitcher Madison Didion as the second Lady Cougar to earn national accolades for the 2016 season.