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Schenek gets inaugural track challenge going
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Bartons Tyler Rathke throws the discus on Saturday at the Track/Soccer Complex. - photo by Kevin Price Great Bend Tribune

In the inaugural KJCCC vs. ICCAC Challenge track and field meet on Friday and Saturday at the Track/Soccer Complex on the Barton Community College campus, the KJCCC men and the ICCAC women finished on top.
The Barton men, representing the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, had nine first-place finishes. The Barton women had two.
The challenge meet, which included opposition from the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, is something that NCAA Division-I conferences hold, which is what gave Barton head track and field coach David Schenek the idea to set up this meet.
“It is definitely more common in D-I and D-II conferences,” Scheneck said. “A lot of conferences have this kind of challenge meet, so I thought to myself, ‘There’s no way we can’t do this, too.’ ”
The meet is designed to give more athletes a chance to compete while keeping a high level of competition.
“There’s been talk about an all-star meet in Oklahoma that’s just for junior colleges, but that’s never really gotten off the ground,” Schenek said. “In all-star meets like that, you still can’t get all of your athletes a chance to compete. Just like when we go to Arkansas or Nebraska.
“I hope that this gets started up. It’s supposed to go to Iowa next year and then back-and-forth. The idea for this challenge meet was to get a high level of competition an still have something that was fun for everyone.”
As for his team’s performance, he said that it was satisfactory considering the circumstances, but not quite at the level he wants to see.
“To be honest, it wasn’t the greatest meet for us,” Schenek said. “It was a different kind of meet on a different kind of day. The weather wasn’t as nice as we’d hoped. Our times were alright, considering it was the second meet of the outdoor season and the wind was pretty intense, but we’re going to expect more out of a lot of these kids.”

KJCCC Vs. ICCAC Challenge

At Great Bend
Barton Track/Soccer Complex


Team scores
1. KJCCC, 97; 2. ICCAC, 74

Barton results (top 6 placers)
100-meter dash — 5. Kevin Nichols, 10.63
200 — 1. Akeem Haynes, 20.61
400 — 3. Tayron Reyes, 49.14
110 hurdles — 1. Demetrius Lindo, 13.93; 4. Tony Green, 14.86
400 hurdles — 1. KJ Lightbourne, 53.38
4x100 relay — 1. BCC (Nichols, Lindo, Haynes, Linnik), 40.64
4x400 relay — 3. BCC (Edwards, Reyes, Robertson, Lightbourne), 3:21.13
Long jump — 1. Kevin Nichols, 7.04; 2. Jharyl Bowry, 7.03
Triple jump — 1. Tony Green, 14.24
Discus — 1. Tyler Rathke, 49.86; 5. Wes Tuck, 37.07
Hammer throw — Tyler Rathke, 51.48; 5. Wes Tuck, 39.25
Shot put — 1. Wes Tuck, 14.18; 3. Tyler Rathke, 13.81

Team scores
1. ICCAC, 114; 2. KJCCC, 57

Barton results (top 6 placers)
100 dash — 4. Agata Klimovich, 12.09
200 — 6. Aarian Tipton, 25.41
400 — 4. Curtisha Dupree, 1:01.02
800 run — 2. Yehaterina, 2:23.76
1,500 — 4. Paulina Montoya, 5:20.03
5,000 run — 2. Paulina Montoya, 19:54.34
4x400 relay — 2. BCC (Dupree, Tipton, Thomas, Miroshnikova), 4:00.85
Long jump — 3. Dana Gates, 5.12
Discus — Janee Mickens, 39.18
Hammer throw — 1. Marcela Solano, 56.74; 2. Janee Mickens, 44.99
Javelin — 3. Brittiany Hughes, 33.29
Shot put — Janee Mickens, 13.78