A trip to Arkansas marked the midway point of the cross country season for the Barton men’s team. It also marked the Cougars toughest meet of the season.
More than 300 runners lineup up for the Division II race, feature NCAA D-II schools and a handful of NJCAA schools.
Barton finished 38th at the meet won by Colorado School of Mines. Iowa Central and North Iowa were the only 2-year schools to place in the top 15 and Cloud County the only other school to place in the top 30.
Colorado Mines finished with 62 points, besting Colorado State Pueblo that finished with 90. Iowa Central was fourth with 117 as the top NJCAA school.
Vincent Kirprop of Missouri Southern won the 8K race in 23:03.88. Moses Dirane of Cloud County was the top NJCAA runner in third with a time of 24:06.57. Iowa Central’s Omer Almong was next in fourth in 24:07.48.
The top Barton runner finished in 156th overall. Samuel Hengeli, a freshman from Olathe, ran a 27:14.01. He was followed closely by Dodge City freshman Ignacio Calderon in 163rd in 27:20.06.
Also grouped closely were freshmen Corban Ogle and Felix Marquez. Ogle ran a 29:00.14 for 237th and Marquez, also from Dodge City, was 246th in 29:14.59.
The final Barton runner to cross the finish line was Lukas Tucker in 276th with a time of 31:23.18.
The Cougars will travel to Fort Hays State for the Tiger Open Saturday in the final regular season meet of the year on the schedule. The Region VI meet is set for Oct. 29 at Hutchinson.
Chile Pepper Festival D-II Race
Team Scores (Top 5 and NJCAA schools)
1 Colorado School of Mines 62
2 Colorado State Pueblo 90
3 Augustana (SD) 111
4 Iowa Central 117
5 Missouri Southern State 135
15 North Iowa Area CC 476
20 Cloud County CC 598
35 Southwestern CC 1017
37 Indian Hills CC 1064
38 Barton CC 1078
Individual Top 10
1 Vincent Kiprop, Missouri Southern, 23:03.88
2 Derrick Williams, CSS Pueblo, 24:01.92
3 Moses Dirane, Cloud County, 24:06.57
4 Omer Almog, Iowa Central, 24:07.48
5 Nathanael Williams, Colorado School of Mines, 24:10.98
6 Paul Roberts, CSU Pueblo, 24:11.66
7 Marcelo Laguear, CSU Pueblo, 24:17.34
8 Glen Ellingson, Augustana, 24:19.4
9 Nolan Zimmer, Northwest Missouri St, 24:24.76
10 Brayden Clews-Proctor, Northwest Missouri St, 24:26.58
156 Samuel Hengeli, 27:14.01
163 Ignacio Calderon, 27:20.06
237 Corban Ogle, 29:00.14
246 Felix Marquez, 29:14.59
276 Lukas Tucker, 31:23.19