All-America Status at Nationals
ODESSA, Texas — Four members of the Cowley men’s track and field team earned All-American honors during the NJCAA championships here May 17-18.
Marcello Dunning became a two-time All-American as he finished seventh in the 800-meter run in 1 minute, 55 seconds. He also anchored the men’s 4x800-meter relay, which finished eighth in 7:59.5.
Relay teammates Kevin McDougal, Josh Spence, and Chris Schuetz also earned All-American status. Casey Belknap, head coach of the Tigers, was pleased with the men’s performances. “The men’s team had a really good meet,” Belknap said. “Kevin McDougal had a tough draw as he ran the 4x8, then 45 minutes later he had the preliminary of the 1500 meters.” McDougal was 14th in the preliminary race in 4:20.83.
The Tiger men’s team tied for 29th place at nationals with three team points. The three Cowley women who competed didn’t fare as well as the men. Dijana Kojic was 16th in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.59. Crystal Ashley, a member of Cowley’s basketball team who joined the track team late in the season, was 14th in the triple jump at 34-1 1/4. She fouled twice. And in the women’s javelin throw, Rachel Reida was 10th with a throw of 117-10.