MANHATTAN – It was a battle that went on nearly the entire day. But it was a battle the Barton women’s indoor track and field team came up just short.
The Cougars battled with two other ranked foes for the Region VI Indoor Track and Field Championships Sunday afternoon at Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan.
In the end it was Cowley, ranked No. 8 in the nation, holding on for the Region VI title. Cowley finished with 132 points, followed closely by Barton and Butler. Barton, the highest ranked team at No. 5, was second with 120 and Butler, ranked No. 11, was third with 115. Cloud, ranked No. 9, was fourth with 92.
Barton’s Fiona Barnes was named the Field Athlete of the Meet despite not winning an event. She placed in the top four of four different field events.
The Cougars had a four champions on the day with two individual titles coming on the track, one in the field and another by the 4x400m relay.
Barnes finished second in the long jump, third in the high jump and triple jump and fourth in the Pentathlon. Teammate Amanda Carty won the long jump with a leap of 19-1.5 with Barnes taking second at 18-4.25.
Barnes took third in the high jump with a leap of 5-3.75, tying for second but finishing third through the tie-breaker. Barnes was third in the triple jump at 37-2.5 with Carty finishing seventh at 34-1.25.
Barnes was fourth in the Pentathlon with a 3028 and Alexis James third in the weight throw with a toss of 52-11.
On the track, Barton won the 600m and 800m. Latoya Stewart won the 600m in 1:35.22 while Cadeebra Calcote won the 800m in 2:20.79. Calcote was also fifth in the 1000m in 3:11.01.
Asjah Wallace was second in the 60m hurdles for the Cougars in 8.71 while teammate Olivian Jackson was third in 8.96.
Keosho Sanders was also a runner-up, taking second in the 60m in 7.49. Rashan Darling was sixth in 7.78.
Wallace led three Cougars placing in the 200m with a fourth place finish of 25.09. Mahendra McWhite was fifth in 25.43 and Darling sixth in 25.60.
Rounding out the Barton scoring on the track was Robinson third in the 400m in 58.67.
The 4x400m relay team of Calcote, Sanders, Stewart, and Roberson won gold in 3:53.75.
Barton next meet will be the NJCAA Championships March 2-3 in Lubbock, Texas.
Cowley 132, Barton 120, Butler 115.5, Cloud 92, Hutchinson 66, Coffeyville 49, Highland 47, Garden City 46, Dodge City 31.5, Colby 21, Pratt 21, Allen 18, Johnson 8, Neosho 5.