WICHITA – It was one of the largest meets of the season by sheer numbers. Several events had more than 70 entrants. The event included several junior college teams from Kansas as well as the Midwest.
The KT Woodman Classic on the campus of Wichita State University was the destination for the Barton Community College track team this past weekend.
As has been the theme for the spring outdoor season, Coach Dave Schenek took a limited group to compete as he readies his team for the Region VI and NJCAA National meet later in the spring.
Deron Gordon and Devyn Brotherton turned in the top efforts for those who made the trek to Cessna Stadium. Both took home silver medals.
Gordon was second in the 110m high hurdles, just getting edged out by Andrew Etheridge from Emporia State. Both hurdlers ran in the fourth and final heat with Etheridge finishing in 14.32 to 14.36 for Gordon.
Brotherton came in second in the 3000m steeplechase well behind Kaspars Briska, a senior at East Central University. Briska won in 9:00.41 while Brotherton was second in 9:24.42. He finished directly ahead of two other juco runners – one from Iowa Central and one from Colby. Brady Holler was 15th in the event in 10:59.23.
In the other hurdle event, Zodani Francois took seventh in the 400m hurdles. Francois ran a 54.46 for the seventh place effort – third best among jucos.
In the sprints the Cougars kept some of their top sprinters at home but Quick Stukes led a quartet in the 400m for Barton finishing sixth. Stukes ran a 48.14 while Anthony Adderly came in 12th in 48.82. Micah Carey was close behind in 48.88 and Deandre Henderson took 17th in 49.56 among the field of 60 runners.
Alex Richemond finished seventh in the 100m prelims but didn’t run in the finals. Richemond ran a 10.59 in the prelims. Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi finished ninth and just missed the finals with a 10.62. Marquee Montgomery ran 10.75 for 20th and Ashawn Bryan ran 11.28 in field of 85 participants.
Montgomery and Bryan also ran in the 200m with Montgomery finishing 22nd in 22.02 and Bryan ran 23.43 in another field of 86 runners.
Anthony Forrest led the small group of middle distance and distance runners to compete in the KT Woodman. Forrest ran 1:57.62 to place 10th in the 800m.
Elder Colindres led the 1500m runners for Barton taking 30th in the event in 4:05.29. Tyler Thornton (4:09.49) and Kole Stiner (4:28.56) ran in a field of nearly 90 runners. Marcus Pastran ran the 5000m in 16:47.72.
Barton had just a pair of throwers compete with Colby Overturf finishing 15th in the javelin (172-10) and Tyler Jordan 17th in the hammer (128-7).