Qualifying for the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, CO., the Cowley College baseball team finished another stellar season with a record of 48-15. The Tigers, winners of its third straight Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title, also won the Region VI title for the second time in the past three years.
At the JUCO World Series, Cowley won its opening game over Seminole State College (11-8) before losing its next two games to Santa Fe Community College (10-9) and Spartanburg Methodist College (10-7).
Cowley head coach Dave Burroughs was named the Jayhawk East Coach of the Year for the third straight season and Zach Cargill was named the Jayhawk East Freshman of the Year and a Honorable Mention All- American.
Finishing just one win shy of a school-record for victories in a season, the Cowley College softball team ended the 2009 season with a record of 52-7.
The Lady Tigers captured their sixth straight Jayhawk East title and advanced to the NJCAA Division II National Championships for the fifth time this decade. Cowley went 3-2 at the national tournament and finished in a tie for fifth place with Iowa Central.
Cowley head coach Ed Hargrove was named the Jayhawk East Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his 25 seasons at the school. For the third year in a row Cowley had the conference’s Most Valuable Player and the Freshman of the Year. Sophomore pitcher Jacey Juden was named the conference’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year, while pitcher Ashley Spencer was named the Freshman of the Year. Both players were named first-team all-conference and all-region.
Juden, Spencer, Breayle Tackett, Kashilia Young and Kristen Janway received All-American honors.
With only one sophomore on its roster, the Cowley College men’s tennis team put together a solid season as they finished third in the region and earned the right to compete at the NJCAA National Tennis Tournament in Plano, Texas.
At the national tournament, sophomore Boomer Saia and freshman Roger White advanced to the semifinals of No. 3 doubles, while Lloyd Bruce-Burgess advanced to the semifinals of No. 1 singles before losing.
The Tiger men’s tennis team placed ninth at the national tournament and head into next season with high expectations.
Winning five of six singles titles and all three doubles titles at the Region VI Tennis Tournament, the Cowley College women’s tennis team captured the region title in dominating fashion.
The Lady Tigers got wins from each of its singles and doubles players as they placed eighth at the NJCAA National Tennis Tournament in Tucson, AZ.
The future is bright for the Lady Tiger tennis team as they will return each of its singles and doubles players next season.
Continuing its impressive showings in the Jayhawk Conference, the Cowley College outdoor men’s track and field team captured its third straight Jayhawk East title.
The Cowley men had nine conference champions. Rolando Vasquez was the conference champion in the 1,500-meter run and was a member of the conference winning 4x800-meter relay team.
David Phillips, Brice Irving, and T.J. Mapp teamed with Vasquez to place first in the conference in the 4x800- meter relay with a time of 7:50.42.
Johnny Purvis was the conference champion in the 5,000-meter run, and Isbek Salinas was the conference champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Other Cowley men that were named conference champions were, Jory Custar (800-meter run), Mac Griffith (decathlon), and Justin Viewins (400-meter dash). Viewins’ time of 47.98 in the 400-meter dash broke his own school-record.
The Tigers went on to place 21st at the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Mac Griffith (decathlon) and Rolando Vasquez (1,500-meter run) were named Coaches Association All-Americans. The 4x800-meter relay team of Brice Irving, T.J. Mapp, Justin Ross, and Jory Custar also earned Coaches Association All-American honors.
The Lady Tiger outdoor track and field team had another successful season as they placed second in the Jayhawk East and 19th at the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Cowley’s Katie Gillmore was the conference and region champion in the pole vault as she cleared 11-2 ¼ in the event. Freshman Cecilia Burley was the conference champion in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs, while Marvia Lewin (800-meter run) and Jessica McLeod (1,500-meter runs) were other conference champions for the Lady Tigers.
Cowley’s 4x800-meter relay team of Brianna Byers, Lewin, McLeod, and Jessica Dyer also won conference in its event.
Gillmore just missed being the national champion in the pole vault and ended up placing fourth in the pole vault at the national meet. For her efforts, Gillmore was named a Coaches Association All-American. The Lady Tigers’ 4x800-meter relay team of Jessica McLeod, Brianna Byers, Marvia Lewin and Jessica Dyer also did well as they placed sixth at the national meet.