Taking on some of the best cross country competition in the nation, members of the Barton Community College teams competed this past Saturday at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Lady Cougars had three entries in the 5k race while the Cougar men also just entered three runners in the 8k event as the teams competed against runners from over 80 colleges at all Division levels.
Competing against 372 other competitors, Lydia Mato led Barton as she has all season, finishing 26th in a time of 17:15.9. Kaitlynn Tuey finished second for the Lady Cougars crossing the line in the 325th slot at 21:01 while Holly Pierce came in 342nd in 21:42.
Barton will next compete Friday, October 10, at the Ollie Isom Invitational held in El Dorado, Kansas. Race time is set to begin at 4:00 p.m.