The indoor track and field season brought a fifth place finish to the Barton men’s track team. If the Cougars efforts at Arkansas over the weekend are any indication, the outdoor season should bring similar success.
The Cougars – paced by the sprints – turned in an impressive performance at the Arkansas Spring Invitational. When the dust settled, Barton had qualified 17 entrants for the NJCAA championships and posted some of the nation’s best time in junior college.
Nearly half of those spots came in sprints.
The 4x400m relay team posted the top time in the nation this year as Anthony Adderly, Alex Richemond, Kadeem Williams, and Jacquez Wilson finished with a time of 3:10.82 in winning the meet.
The 4x100m also had a stellar performance with Chedlin Sageese and McKinley West joining Adderly and Richemond for a gold medal effort in 40.23. That is the fourth fastest time in the nation this year.
The 200m proved to be the most productive sprint for Barton during the meet as three members qualified for nationals. All three were in the top four. Leading the way was West, who took second in 20.96. Right behind in third was Adderly in 21.0 with Richemond fourth in 21.13.
In the 100m West was third in 10.43 and Sageese fifth in 10.51. Wilson took third in the 400m in 48.01.
Barton had four more qualifying times in the two hurdle races. The Cougars posted a pair of qualifying times in both the 110m and 400m hurdles. Jermaine Jones earned a spot in both with a 14.17 for third in the 110m and a 56.7 in the 400m.
Williams had the top time for Barton in the 400m hurdles, taking second in 52.11. Louis Rivers also qualified in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.84.
Barton added six more qualifying marks in the field. Adama Mbye was the lone jumper to hit the qualifying standard with a fourth place finish in the triple jump at 48-8.75.
In the discus, Ricky Nelson took fourth and qualified with a throw of 164-0. He was joined by Donald Daley who had a throw of 140-3 for ninth. Daley bested Nelson in the hammer throw as both qualified as well. Daley finished with a 170-1 and Nelson a 149-9.
The final qualifying marks came in the javelin and shot put. Tyler Patterson threw the javelin 158-10 and Stevon Crooks the shot put 52-3.75.
Barton will head to Arkansas City this weekend for the Cowley Tiger Invite.