Fresh off a sixth place finish at the NJCAA National Indoor meet earlier in the month, the Barton women’s track team is laying the foundation for another top effort in the outdoor meet.
This past weekend the Cougars grabbed 13 qualifying standards at the Arkansas Spring Invitational. In the process, Barton puts it name at the top of several events in the NJCAA early in the outdoor season.
Ayesha Champangie, the reining national champion in the indoor pentathlon, was at it again in multiple events over the weekend. Champangie won the javelin throw with a toss of 154-6, winning by nearly seven feet.
She also earned a qualifying mark in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.87. Tasha Frazier had Barton’s top time in the 100m hurdles with a nation-leading 13.99.
Also turning in the top time in the nation so far this year was Rian Robinson in the 400m. Robinson ran a 54.65 for second in Arkansas. O’Neisha Glover ran 56.12 for fifth and a national qualifying time. Chanelle Ricketts qualified as well in 56.80.
The 4x400m relay team also posted the top time in the NJCAA this season. The quartet of Sabrina Mason, Robinson, Glover and Tamara Style ran a 3:43.85 for fourth place.
Also setting the top mark in the NJCAA this year was Michelle Tomlin in the discus. Her throw of 158-8 took third at the meet.
Mason posted a pair of qualifying marks in the sprints. She ran the 100m in 11.97 and the 200m in 24.58.
Style and Brianna Payne both earned spots in the 400m hurdles. Styles ran 1:04.2 and Payne 1:06.88.
In the 3000m steeplechase, Holly Pierce ran the second fastest time in the school history with a 12:09.22.
The Cougars will be back in action this weekend at the Cowley Tiger Invite at Arkansas City.