Men’s Cross Country
The Tiger men won its first ever Region VI Championship and captured its second straight Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title. The team qualified for the NJCAA National Championships in Ina, IL, where it finished fifth in the nation.
Daniel Maina finished his career at Cowley as the most decorated runner in Tiger history. For the second straight year Maina finished second in the nation and earned NJCAA First-Team All-American honors. Maina (23:30) nearly was the national champion as he lost in a photo finish to Rend Lake’s Ben Cheruiyot (23:29).
Stanley Mugo also completed a stellar two seasons at the school as he finished as the Jayhawk East Conference runner-up to Maina.
Mauricio Morales earned Coaches Association All-American honors by placing 32nd in the nation with a time of 26:03. Johnny Purvis (26:16) and Brett Koehn (26:29) also earned Coaches Association All-American honors as they placed 41st and 46th, respectively at the national championships.
Women’s Cross Country
The Lady Tiger cross country team had another strong season as they finished eighth at the NJCAA National Cross Country Championships in Ina, Ill.
Irene Kosgei, who was the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division champion for the second consecutive year, placed 31st at the national meet. Also doing well at the national meet was Jeniffer Cherono and Ashley Cronin.
Cherono earned NJCAA First-Team All-American honors for the second year in a row, as she placed 13th with a time of 17:56 in the women’s race. Cronin (18:55) placed 34th and garnered Coaches Association All-American honors.
Competing at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Scottsdale, AZ. for the third straight year, the Cowley College volleyball team finished fifth in the nation. The Lady Tigers were led by Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division Most Valuable Player Lilian Rezende and the conference’s Freshman of the Year in Lucia Cizmarova. Both Rezende and Cizmarova were named to the all-tournament team at nationals.
Cowley freshmen Victoria Green and Crystal Garman also had stellar seasons as they earned All-District M honors. Cowley finished the 2007 season with a record of 31-6.
The Tiger men’s basketball team has gotten off to a fast start under new head coach Steve Eck. Cowley, which was ranked No. 25 in the preseason basketball rankings, won its first six games and was 7-1 through its first eight games of the season.
The Tigers had five players averaging double figures in points through the first eight games. Cowley, which was picked second in the Jayhawk East preseason poll, will open conference play by hosting Kansas City at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5. The Tigers will host six-time defending conference champion Coffeyville Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.
Sporting several new faces, the Cowley College women’s basketball team began the 2007-08 season with a record of 3-3. The Lady Tigers are led in scoring by a pair of freshmen as Elena Yankova averages 11.7 points per game, while Gabrielle Curtis is averaging 10.9 points.
Cowley will open conference play Jan. 5 at home against Kansas City at 5 p.m.