Facing tough four-year college competition and two of the best junior college teams in the nation, the No. 17 ranked Barton Community College men’s cross country team finished 10th this past Saturday in the college division of the Woody Greeno Invitational co-hosted by the University of Nebraska and Nebraska Wesleyan University. The Cougars completed the 8k race amongst 173 other competitors in an average time of 30:09.70 per mile for a team total of 2:30:48.50.
Sampson Laari turned in another solid long distance performance coming in fourth in the College Division. Laari averaged 5:16.9 per mile to finish at 26:15.00 that was also good for sixth place overall when counting the University Division.
Tony Perez also maintained sub six minute pace at 5:57.0 to finish 76th in 29:34.60. Tyler Thornton placed 119th in 31:31.70 while teammate Devyn Brotherton, who recovered from a fall during the race, finished a place behind at 120th in 31:33.40. Marcus Pastran finshed fourth on the Cougar team crossing the line in 129th place at 31:53.80, Brady Holler was 142nd in 32:18.10, Darrius Salmond‘s time of 33:41.00 was good for 159th place, while Elder Colindres rounded out the Cougar runners in 168th place in a time of 34:41.10.
The Cougars will take a couple of weeks from competition until heading to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the Chile Pepper Invitational to be held on Saturday, October 4th.