ARKANSAS CITY — The Barton Community College track and field team opened the 2011 outdoor season at Arkansas City on April 2-3 at the Cowley Tiger Invitational.
The men won 10 events during the meet while the women captured five.
For the men Carmetrick Ross and Frank Afriyie were both double winners in the field. The Cougars won five events on the track including an impressive 1-2-3 finish in the 100-meter dash.
Sametra Kelly was a double winner in the field for the women.
The Cougars were very impressive in the sprints — especially the 100 dash. Barton had three runners finish in 10.12 seconds or better. Everett Walker, who was fresh off his sprint double at the NJCAA Indoor meet, ran a 10.05 to win the event. He was followed by teammates Jeremy Hardy in 10.08 and Oliver Bradwell in 10.12.
Bradwell gave Barton a team sprint double with a win in the 200 in 21.95. Teammates Alonzo Allen and Ren Edwards took sixth and seventh in the race.
Allen and Edwards finished in second and fourth places, respectively, in the 400 with Allen running a 48.91 and Edwards a 49.72. Johnte Thompson was fifth in 50.39.
The Cougars also won the 4x100 relay in easy fashion, clocking in at 39.83. Barton also won both hurdle races with Aleec Harris winning the 110 hurdles in 13.97 and Andre Peart capturing first place in the 400 hurdles in 53.18.
BCC was just as impressive in the field with Ross and Afriyie each winning two events. Ross captured the long jump and triple jump for the Cougars while Afriyie won the discus and hammer throw. Barton also won the shot put.
Ross led a trio of jumpers who placed in both events, winning the long jump at 25-4 1/2 with Chris Toombs coming in fifth (23-10.25) and Bradley Hines in sixth (23-7 3/4). In the triple jump, Ross claimed first place at 48-11 1/2 with Hines taking third (46-7 1/2) and Toombs finishing in fourth (44-0).
Afriyie led a 1-2-3 finish in the discus with a 171-10 toss. Matt Marcoccia was second at 159-10 and Charith Kapukotuwa took third at 158-11. Afriyie also won the hammer with a heave of 158-6 with Marcoccia placing fourth with a throw of 149-4. Marcoccia won the shot put for Barton at 52-2 with Kapukotuwa taking fourth at 46-8 3/4.
The Lady Cougars won four of their five events in the field, and Aarian Tipton earned the lone first-place finish on the track. Tipton won the 100 with a time of 11.96. Melissa Groce finished in second in the 400 hurdles.
Kelly won both the long jump and triple jump for Barton. She and teammate Dana Gates teamed up for a 1-2 finish in the long jump with Kelly winning with a jump of 19-7 1/2 and Gates at 17-5 1/2. Kelly jumped 38-4 1/4 to win the triple jump.
Barton won two of the four throwing events with Janee Mickens placing in three of the events. Mickens won the shot put at 47-5 3/4 and took fourth in the discus with a toss of 124-9. She was eighth in the javelin at 117-3 but the entire field was well behind the effort of Barton’s Marcela Solano.
Solano won the hammer with a throw of 178-7 — more than 30 feet ahead of second place.
Brittiany Hughes took second place in the javelin for Barton with a throw of 125-8.