Coming off a fourth place finish in last year’s NJCAA Indoor Championships, the Barton Community College women’s track and field team opened their 2015 indoor season Friday at the Air Force Collegiate Open Meet held at Cadet Field House on the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Defending indoor 3000m national champion Lydia Mato began her indoor season with another victory easily cruising to finish line in 1:49.31, eighteen seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Freshmen Holly Pierce and Kaitlynn Tuey placed third and fourth in the event finishing in times of 13:36.92 and 13:55.58 respectively. Like Pierce and Tuey, fellow freshman cross country athlete Yazmin Rendon made her indoor debut finishing eighth in the 1 mile in a time of 7:06.48.
The Lady Cougars reloaded in the sprints with freshman taking the higher placings. Vanessa Style led two freshmen in the 60 meters with a ninth place 7.88 time while O’Neisha Glover’s 8.15 placed 14th. Glover led the Barton contingent in the 200 meters just out of the top ten with an 11th place 26.25 time. Freshman Marissa Oglesby placed 18th in 28.22 while sophomore Trenna Cox came in 22nd in 28.93.
Sophomore Elizabeth Evans led the throwing events finishing 11th in the Shot Put with a throw of 11.14m (36-6.75).
The Lady Cougars had four entries in the 60 meter hurdles, led by freshman Style’s third place 8.76 time. Tasha Frazier placed 14th in 9.32, Odlesby 18th in 9.47, and Cox coming in 28th in 10.56.
Frazier led the jumps for Barton leaping a third place finish in the Long Jump at 5.48m (17-11.75) while Cox placed 9th at 4.11m (13-6.00).
The Lady Cougars return to action on Friday in the two-day Holiday Inn Invitational held on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.