Cowley Tiger Athletics
Led by freshman Daniel Maina being named national champion in four events, and Courtney Gougler becoming the program’s first female national champion, the Cowley College men and women’s indoor track and field teams placed third and sixth, respectively at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships held at Kansas State University March 3-4. Maina finished as the national champion in the 1,000-meters, 3,000-meters, 5,000- meters, and the mile run. Gougler, a freshman, became the Lady Tiger’s first national champion in track as she won the shot put. Kaitlyn Connor broke the school-record in the pole vault (10-7 ½) as she placed fourth in the event, while Irene Kosgei finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run.
Starting the season 1-3 in the Jayhawk East, Cowley bounced back to win 9 of its final 14 conference games and finished in a tie for fourth in the East with a record of 10-8. The Tigers defeated defending Region VI champion Pratt Community College 62-50 in the first-round of the Region VI Tournament, but had their season come to an end in the second round with a hard fought 67-61 loss to Cloud County. Cowley lost an astounding seven games by three points or less, or else the Tigers’ record would have been much better than their final mark of 16-16.
Losing its leading scorer prior to conference play, the Cowley College women’s basketball team finished in an unfamiliar fifth place in the Jayhawk East. The Lady Tigers beat Dodge City 66-61 in the first-round of the Region VI Tournament, but lost to Colby in the second round by a score of 79-61. Cowley finished with a record of 19-13. Sophomore Megan Schoenfeld led Cowley by averaging over 15 points per game, while freshmen Brittany Wilson, Alyssa Showman, Crysta Glenn, and Tehani Goldsmith showed the potential to have big sophomore seasons.
After splitting its first six games of the season, the No. 2-ranked Cowley College softball team has started to heat up as they are currently 10-6 overall and 2-0 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. The Lady Tigers, winners of each of the last two Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division titles, hope to get back to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, after finishing fourth in the nation in 2005.
The No. 9-ranked Tiger men’s baseball team has been carried by its pitching early in the 2006 season. Cowley has just nine sophomores and 18 freshman on its roster, so the hitting has taken a while to come around. Cowley, 11-5 overall and 2-0 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division, is in search of its third straight conference title, and is hungry to get back to the national tournament after a three-year hiatus.
Led by new head coach Brad Louderback, the Cowley College men’s tennis team has started to hit its stride as they have won three consecutive matches to improve to 5-3 on the season. Led by a veteran squad, the Cowley men will be in the hunt for a Region VI title and a trip to the national tournament.
With newcomers Hanane Toumi and Samantha Cowan making immediate impacts to the squad, the Cowley College women’s tennis team has gotten off to a strong start. The Lady Tigers, winners of three of their first four matches, have just two players (Gina Pendrak and Molly Bowman) back from last year’s team that placed eighth at the national tournament. The team should once again be a major force in the region.