After having its streak of five straight Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division indoor titles come to an end, the Tiger men’s track and field team placed 14th at the NJCAA National Indoor Championships in Charleston, IL.
Charles Ross led the Tigers by becoming Cowley’s first-ever national champion in the 600-meter run. Sophomore Cody Rosson nearly made it two national champions for the Tigers before finishing as the national runner-up in the pole vault.
The Tiger track and field team opened the outdoor season by competing at Southwestern College on March 15.
Placing third in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division and fourth at the Region VI indoor Championships, the Cowley College women’s indoor track and field team came back to have a strong showing at the NJCAA National Championships held March 2-3 in Charleston, IL.
Cowley placed 18th at the national meet thanks to Jessalyn Lanoy garnering Coaches Association All-American honors in the 1,000-meter run. Lanoy’s time of 3:04.99 in the event eclipsed the previous school record held by Leigh Ann Omarkhail.
Sophomore Kadie Peoples also performed well and placed seventh in the pole vault.
The Lady Tiger track and field team opened the outdoor season by competing at Southwestern College on March 15.
The Tiger men’s basketball team achieved 20 plus wins for the fifth consecutive season and ended the year with a record of 24-10. The Tigers placed third in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division before making a strong run at a region title.
Cowley won its first three games at the Region VI Tournament before losing to Seward County in the championship game. A win over Seward would have given the Tigers its first national tournament berth since the 1956-1957 season.
James Milliken, the Freshman of the Year in the Jayhawk East, scored the 18th most points (561) in a single season in Cowley history. Milliken, Kamren Belin and Adonis Bailey were each named to the Region VI All-Tournament team.
The Tigers will return a strong core of players, including Curtis Evans (8.3 points), Adonis Bailey (7.4 points), Ryan Devers (8.6 points), Maurice Williams (4.7 points), and EJ Dobbins (3.3 points).
The Lady Tiger basketball team reached 20 or more wins for the sixth straight season and the 14th time in the past 15 seasons as they finished the year with a record of 22-10. Cowley placed fourth in the Jayhawk East and won its first-round Region VI Tournament game.
Breanna Bryant finished her Lady Tiger career as the 19th leading scorer in the program’s history with 711 points.
The team will return a talented group, including Brittany Bush (8.1 points), Montia Johnson (7.5 points), and Tonisha Walker (5.5 points).
Bouncing back from a tough, early season schedule, the Tiger baseball team won 16 of its first 20 games in the Jayhawk East. Cowley got off to a hot start at the plate by averaging nearly 6.0 runs through the team’s first 30 games.
Sophomore Gadiel Baez has gotten off to a terrific start at the plate as has freshman Fernando Martinez.
The Tiger pitching has also been solid and held 10 of its past 14 opponents to four runs or fewer.
Cowley softball coach Ed Hargrove picked up his 1,000th career win on Feb. 21 and has not looked back as his team won 24 of 25 games during one stretch. Dynamic sophomore pitchers Haleigh Sills and Taylor Parsons lead the Lady Tigers. While, freshmen Laura Seemann (nine home runs) and Haley Strawn (12 home runs) have provided instant offense to the Cowley lineup.
The No. 7-ranked Tiger men’s tennis team will be battle tested when they take part in the Region VI Championships April 20-22 at Wichita’s Riverside Tennis Courts as Cowley will have faced a pair of NCAA Division I schools and five NCAA Division II schools prior to the tournament.
The Tigers are the defending Region VI champions and return five players from last year’s squad, including All-Americans Zack Evenden and Nei Dos Santos.
The Cowley College women’s tennis team has gotten off to a fast start to the 2012 season. The No. 5-ranked Lady Tigers defeated several tough teams in the early going and look poised to defend its Region VI title when they play in Wichita on April 20-22.
The Lady Tigers have a veteran group with six players returning from last year’s team, including All-Americans Diana Davitaia and Zsofia Biro.