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Mato, Tuey led Cougars to distance sweep at Region VI; Barton takes 3rd
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EL DORADO— Lydia Mato is used to bringing home gold medals for the Barton Community College women’s track team. This weekend at El Dorado was no different. What was different for Mato was losing to a teammate.

Katelynn Tuey, a freshman from Great Bend, pushed Mato back to a silver medal during the meet, earning herself a gold and helping Barton sweep the middle distance and distance races.

It was in those races the Cougars accounted for several of their points on the way to a third place effort at the Region VI track and field championships. Coffeyville ran away with the title with 235 points with Cloud County edging Barton for second. Cloud finished with 129 points to Barton’s 113. It was a long way back for fourth where Butler finished with 70.

Mato won three of her four events, taking first in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m. Tuey, however, surprised Mato in the 10,000m winning the event.

Mato won the 800m in a time of 2:18.35 and took home the gold in the 1500m in 4:42.25. Mato captured the 5000m in 20:22.33. Tuey gave Barton three points in the 5000m as well with a  sixth place finish in 21:45.02. That gave Mato three gold medals during Saturday’s festivities.

However on Friday, the meet’s opening day, it was Tuey who won the gold. Tuey won the 10,000m in a time of 4:55.94, edging the Ghana-native who came in second in 41:56.21.

Those four events provided 51 of Barton’s 113 points.

Barton’s other gold medal came in the final event of the day as the Cougars won the 4x400m relay. Widline Lageroy, Tamara Style, O’Neisha Glover, and Brooklyn Polk won the race in a time of 3:51.29.

Barton’s 4x100m came in third with Danashka Lawrence, Style, Lageroy, and Glover completing the lap in 47.9. The 4x800m team of Trenna Cox, Holly Pierce, Julee McAtee, and Yazmin Rendon was eighth in 10:47.65.

The hurdle races were very nice to the Cougars as well with Barton taking second in both the 100m and 400m hurdles as well as the 3000m steeplechase. Tasha Frazier won silver in the 100m in 14.09 while Style was second in the 400m in 1:02.13. Pierce finished second in the steeplechase in 12:26.71.

Barton’s only other points on the track came in the 400m where Lageroy finished second in 58.65.

In the field Barton placed in two jumping events. Frazier was second in the long jump with a leap of 18-3.25 while Bethany Bowman posted a season-high jump of 5-3.25 in the high jump to take fourth. The mark qualified her for the national meet.