Facing some of the best competition in the nation for the fourth straight week, the Barton Community College track and field teams competed at the Tyson Invitational held on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday and Sunday.
The Cougars had multiple season-best times during the invitational.
On the track, Kandace Thomas improved her 60-meter dash time in the event’s semifinals at 7.34 seconds and finished fifth in the finals with a time of 7.42.
On the men’s side of the 60, David Winters ran a 6.81 to finish 19th.
In the men’s 200, Winters nearly matched his national-leading time of 21.13 by running a 21.16, taking fifth place.
In the field events, Taariq Ali surpassed his best 6.64 meters in the long jump by leaping 6.74 in finishing 15th.
Tony Green captured seventh with a 14.74 mark in the triple jump.
Both men’s throwers improved their season marks as Wes Tuck placed 28th in the shot put with a throw of 14.59 meters, while David Simmons finished 30th at 14.38.
Barton’s next meet will be the NJCAA Region VI Indoor Championships on Friday in Lawrence at the University of Kansas.
Cougars lose four games over weekend
Barton baseball team opened its 2013 season in Odessa, Texas, dropping four games to host Odessa College.
Playing doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday, the Cougars lost Game 1 on Saturday 5-4 after leading 4-0 heading into the fourth inning. Then they were blasted in the second game 15-0.
Barton built a five-run lead in Sunday’s first game but couldn’t keep up with the Odessa firepower in losing 17-7. In the series finale, it surrendered a two-run lead in the sixth, losing 10-9.
Aaron Gile, a freshman infielder from Lawrence, had a home run and a double with two RBIs in the four-game stretch.
Sophomore first baseman Dylan Turpin finished the weekend with three RBIs and a double.
Freshman outfielder Alex King had a triple and a trio of RBIs.
Andre Vieyra, a sophmore catcher from Valley Center, had a pair of doubles.
The Cougars have their home opener on Saturday against Southeast Community College. First pitch of the doubleheader is 2 p.m. at Lawson-Biggs Field.