WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK
Led by nine conference champions and five Region VI champions, the Cowley College women’s indoor track and field team won its first ever Region VI Indoor Championship and defended its Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division Indoor title February 24 at Kansas State University’s Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan.
Cowley finished eight points better (191-183) than second place Butler County in the region and an eye popping 161 ½ points better than second place Johnson County in the conference.
The Lady Tigers capped their stellar indoor season by finishing third in the nation at the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Lubbock, Texas. Sophomore Tamara McMillan was the national champion in the weight throw, while Kelsey Poljansek (second in shot put) and Angela Welch (second in pole vault) earned NJCAA All-American honors.
Mark Phillips was named the NJCAA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Head Coach of the Year, while Lady Tiger assistant coach Ryan Turner was named NJCAA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK
Battling illness and injury, the Cowley College men’s track and field team finished second in the conference and third in the region at the NJCAA Region VI/Jayhawk Conference Indoor Championships held February 24 at Kansas State University’s Ahearn Fieldhouse. The Tigers had six conference champions and four region champions at the meet. The Tiger men capped their season with a fifth place finish at the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Lubbock, Texas.
Daniel Maina finished as the national runner-up in the mile run (4:11.42), 3,000- meter run (8:24.73), and 5,000-meter run (14:39.57) and was named an NJCAA All-American in each event.
The Cowley College women’s basketball team finished second in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division with a record of 14-4. After beating Pratt 77-63 in the first-round of the Region VI Tournament, the Lady Tigers had its season come to an end with a hard fought 62-57 loss to Butler Community College at Wichita State University’s Koch Arena.
Cowley finished the season with a record of 20-12. Ashley Cole was named a first-team all-conference selection, while Brittany Wilson was named a second-team all-conference performer. Crysta Glenn was an honorable mention selection.
In a game that summed up the Cowley College men’s basketball season, the Tigers fought until the very end but came up just short as they had their season come to an end with a 71-69 loss in the first-round of the Region VI Tournament played March 7 in Garden City. Cowley finished with a record of 16- 15 overall and 10-8 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division.
Sanijay Watts capped his strong freshman campaign by being named a second-team all-conference selection. Watts led Cowley in scoring at 16.5 points per game, and averaged 20.1 points per game in conference play.
Following the loss to Garden City, head coach Brian Jackson announced his resignation after spending the past two years as head coach of the Tigers. Prior to becoming head coach at Cowley, Jackson had spent the previous five years as the team’s assistant coach. In two years as head coach of the Tigers, Jackson compiled a record of 32-31, including a 20-16 mark in Kansas Jayhawk Eastern Division play. He helped lead Cowley to a record of 139-85 during his seven years with the men’s basketball program.
Losing just two position players to graduation, the Cowley College baseball team returns a veteran group for the 2007 season. The Tigers, who finished the 2006 season with a record of 36-22 overall and 24-12 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division, return 13 players from last season’s squad. With so many returning players to go along with a solid freshman class, the Tiger baseball team entered the 2007 season ranked eighth in the NJCAA preseason baseball poll.
The Tigers opened the season with a 10-6 win over Northern Oklahoma College on Feb. 20 and followed it up with a 9-8 win over Hutchinson in its home opener. They were 7-6 overall as of March 12.
It’s tough to replace a two-time All-American (Ashly Bright) that holds 23 school records, so Cowley head softball coach Ed Hargrove decided he would need more than one player to help make up for the loss of former Lady Tiger standout Ashly Bright.
Now that Bright has moved on to play for Wichita State University, three freshmen pitchers will anchor Cowley’s pitching staff. Freshmen Ashton Kistler from Udall High School and Heather Davis from Fort Scott High School finished their high school careers as two of the state’s best all-time pitchers. While, Kara Crapse, a freshman from Owasso (Okla.) High School, rounds out the talented trio.
With seven returning sophomores and 11 talented freshmen, the Lady Tiger softball team was ranked 10th in the NJCAA preseason softball poll. Cowley has gotten off to a fast start as they won 10 games in row and posted a record of 12-3 as of March 12.
With only one returning player from a year ago, the Cowley College men’s tennis team will rely on newcomers to help them achieve success in the 2007 season.
The Tiger men’s tennis team, which is ranked seventh in the pre-season poll, just missed qualifying for the national tournament last season and hopes to return to prominence in head coach Brad Louderback’s second year at the helm. Brian Cross, who was a member of last year’s team that finished one half point from qualifying for the national tournament, is the squad’s lone returning athlete.
Losing so many players from last year’s squad, Louderback worked hard to bring in some talented tennis players. Freshmen Richard Filkuka from the Czech Republic and Diego Motivar from Bogotá, Columbia, will be expected to have big seasons for the Tigers as they are each ranked in the top-20. Filkuka is ranked fifth, while Motivar is ranked 17th. The duo is ranked eighth in doubles.
Having two of the top-five junior college tennis players in the country on its team, along with adding another player that has the potential to be ranked in the top-10, the Cowley College women’s tennis team has a lot to be excited about in the 2007 season.
Lady Tiger head coach Brad Louderback hit the recruiting trail hard and landed some talented recruits. He landed several skilled players including Kasia Siwosz from Pabianice, Poland, Carolina Poriskova from the Czech Republic, and Maricel Quintero from Bogotá, Colombia.
The Lady Tigers, which are ranked fifth in the preseason tennis rankings, have two of the top-five junior college tennis players in the country in sophomore Hanane Toumi and freshman Kasia Siwosz. Siwosz is the No. 1-ranked junior college tennis player in the country, while Toumi is ranked fifth. The duo is also the No. 2- ranked doubles team.
The Cowley women won its first five matches of the season before losing to Drury College on March 10.