This past weekend marked the halfway point of the indoor season for the Barton Community College women’s track team. The Cougars traveled to Lubbock, Texas for the Masked Rider Invitational on the campus of Texas Tech University.
As has been the case since way back at the start of the cross country season, sophomore standout Lydia Mato led the way. Mato won the mile, finishing the eight laps on the indoor surface in a time of 5:04.14. In the last meet a couple of weeks ago, Mato set a school record in the 5000m. This time she earned a qualifying spot in the mile with her performance.
Also turning in a winning effort during the day was the 4x400m relay team. The quartet of Widline Lageroy, O’Neisha Glover, Vanessa Style and Tamara Style finished with the gold in a time of 3:49.88.
Vanessa Style earned a placing on the track with her effort in the 55m hurdles. The Florida sophomore worked her way through the opening round and semifinals to place fifth in the finals. She ran an 8.09 in the finals.
Freshman Tasha Frazier had a good meet for Barton, taking third in the long jump on the opening day. Frazier jumped 18-3.25 for her bronze medal effort.
Also earning a top eight finish were Lageroy and Elizabeth Evans. Lageroy, a freshman, took eighth in the 600y run with a time of 1:27.27 with Evans, a sophomore from Wamego, was eighth in the shot put at 40-8.25.
Barton will go back to Lincoln, Neb. this weekend for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational at the Devaney Center. Barton participated their earlier this season. Barton will also have a meet at the University of Arkansas in the prestigious Tyson Invitational before the turning exclusively to NJCAA schools.
The Region VI Championships will be Feb. 19-21, at Manhattan with the NJCAA meet set for Albuquerque, N.M. the first weekend in March.