EL DORADO — After a tough stretch of competition against NCAA foes, the Barton Community College cross-country teams returned to NJCAA competition Friday at the Ollie Isom Invitational at Butler in El Dorado. The men took advantage, placing second behind the legs of Sampson Laari. Host Butler won the event with a score of 25 with Barton taking second, 10 points ahead of third place Cowley College. Barton finished with 52 points and Cowley with 62. The women ran without its top runner, taking fifth. Butler won the women’s race as well with 42 points. Laari beat a duo of Butler runners for the individual title. The freshman finished the 5k race in 15:33.55 to earn honors. Kennedy Chum a of Butler was second in 15.41.65 and Albert Meier was third in 15:54.55. The Cougars grouped runners at 16th, 17th and 18th. Darrius Salmond was the second Cougars runner across the finish line in 16th with a time of 17:41.62. Right on his heels was Tyler Thornton in 17:41.62 and Elder Colindres at 17:43.84. Brady Holler rounded out the team scoring in 24th place with an 18:07.84. Marcus Pastran and Kole Stiner of Great Bend rounded out the Cougars in 19:21.52 and 20:00.62. Great Bend freshman Kaitlynn Tuey led the Lady Cougars at 16:33.96. Holly Pierce ran a 17:30 and Trenna Cox an 18:40. Yazmin Rendon was close behind in 18:50. Lauren Samson was rounded out the team scoring with a 19:20. Julie McAtee ran a 20:12. Barton ran the event without the serviced of Ghana freshman Lydia Mato. Barton will round out the regular season in Colby Oct. 25 in the Region VI Championships.