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Reyes wins national track title for Barton
NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field
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HUTCHINSON — The Barton Community College track and field teams wrapped up their season Saturday at the National Junior College Activity Association Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Tayron Reyes turned in a championship performance, taking first in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.59. His national title highlighted a 15th-place finish for the Cougars.
The Lady Cougars finished without points.
Also running on Barton’s 4x100 relay team, replacing injured David Winters, Reyes and the Cougars team of Christian Black, Brien Berry and Rahim Conwell placed seventh in a time of 42.50.
In the sprints, Barton’s Berry placed fifth in the 100 dash at 10.20. He finished fourth in the 200 dash with a time of 20.80.  
Winters, who qualified for the 100 dash finals running a 10.27, ran injured in the 200 prelims, which caused his withdrawal from the event and from the final round of the 100.
Conwell’s time of 10.87 in 100 dash prelims did not qualify for him for the finals.
The 800 relay team of David Berry, Jamal Henson, Tyler Lumpkin and Reyes ran well below their season best to finish in 13th place at 8:18.65.
The Lady Cougars only had two entries in the championship, led by sophomore Kandace Thomas.
Thomas blew away the field in the 100 dash prelims, clocking in at 11.12 — .22 faster than her nearest competitor. She also set the new Gowans Stadium record in the process and posted the second-fastest time in Barton history only to Veronica Campbell’s 11.00 mark set in 2003.
Thomas then posted a Barton top-10 mark of 24.27 in the 200 to qualify for the finals, but shes was unable to compete in Saturday’s finals due to injury.
Larned product Kaileigh Dietrich failed to qualify for the 1500 run finals, but he surpassed her personal best in the prelims by more than seven seconds in running 5:23.07 to finish 20th.