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MSSU's Peyton Barton receives more honors

Mar. 15—Missouri Southern's Peyton Barton has been named the Central Region Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Barton recently defended his national championship in the weight throw with a 22.72-meter toss at the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships at Pittsburg State University's Robert W. Plaster Center.

The announcement was made Friday following completion of the 2024 indoor track and field season. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches following the 2024 NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships. Performances from both the NCAA championships and the regular season were considered.

This season, Barton threw at six meets prior to the MIAA championships, claiming MIAA Field Athlete of the Week honors each time. He also was named the USTFCCCA Field Athlete of the Week twice, an honor that only two Southern men earned prior to Barton's honors.

He set the MSSU record in the weight throw last season at 22.05 meters but broke that record several times this season. Now the record stands at 23.13 meters, Barton's mark that earned him MIAA champion honors.

Barton and the rest of the MSSU track and field teams kick off the outdoor season March 22-23, traveling to Rolla to compete in the Miner Invitational, hosted by Missouri S&T.

Later in the summer, Barton is hoping to make the U.S. Olympic tryouts in Oregon. He placed fourth in the weight throw at the 2024 USATF indoor national championships last month.