LEVELLAND, Texas — The Barton Community College track and field teams wrapped up their season this week at the NJCAA Division-I Outdoor Track and Field National Championship held in Levelland, Texas.
Barton captured three national championships and finished second in four other events in finishing fourth on the men’s side and sixth on the women’s side.
Highlighting Barton’s national championships was the men’s 4x100-meter relay team with an upset victory, Marcela Solano winning the women’s hammer throw and freshman Demetrius Lindo capturing the 110 hurdles.
In addition to the three gold medals, the Cougars captured four second-place finishes, two third places and one fourth.
Host South Plains continued its recent dominance in the outdoor championships as it won both the men and women titles for fourth consecutive year.
The men’s 4x100 relay pulled off the upset over the top-ranked South Plains with a time of 39.80. The team of Travis Thornhill, Demetrius Lindo, Akeem Haynes and Aliaksandr Linnik entered the race as the second seed
Lindo, the favorite going into the 110 hurdles, added to his gold-medal count, crossing the finish line at 13.89.
The Lady Cougars were led in the field events by Marcela Solano’s national championship. The sophomore from Chile, who also won last year’s hammer throw, defended her title with a throw of 177-10.