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Laari, Cougar men win Hutchinson meet
Laari leads BCC men at Hutch run. - photo by Barton Sports Information

HUTCHINSON – Simply put, it was a dominating performance from the Barton Community College men’s cross country team.

In the final meet for coach Parker Cowles, the Barton men went out and captured the Terry Masterson Classic at Hutchinson. The Cougars rolled to the win at the 8K event with a team total of 44 as the Cougars placed four in the Top 10.

Hutchinson was second with 54 then it was a ways back to third where Garden City finished with 93 points. The other five teams in the event all scored more than 100 points.

Together with the women’s win it was the first sweep of a cross country meet for Barton since 2002.

Sampson Laari continued to lead the Cougars, winning the race with ease. The sophomore from Ghana won by nearly a full minute with a time of 26:56.9 – 47 seconds better than the runner-up effort of Forrest Dreyer of Hutchinson who ran a 27:43.2.

Laari also won the JK Gold Classic a week ago and now has two wins in two starts this season.

Barton freshman D’Corian Williams was fourth overall with a 28:04.3. Elders Colindres was not far behind in sixth with a time of 28:36.2 and Morgan Feemster finished 10th in 29:10.6.

The final runner scoring for the team total was the 23rd place effort of Tyler Thornton. Thornton ran 30:15.5 for the Cougars.

Anthony Forrest finished 43rd in 32:15.8, Treavon Ware was 49th in 33:00.1 and Robert Portice 58th in 35:37.0.

The meet consisted of most of the Region VI schools and was a mini preview of the Region VI meet later in the fall.

Barton is now off until the Chili Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. the first weekend of October.