Cross Country & Track
Cottey Comets 2019 Cross Country Team
2019 Cross Country Schedule
|9/7||Wichita State JK Gold Classic||Wichita, KS||9 a.m.||Overall 10 out of 15|
|9/14||Cottey College Invitational||Nevada, MO*||10 a.m.||Overall 3 out of 6|
|9/27||Emporia State Invitational||Emporia, KS||5 p.m.|
|10/11||ETBU Tiger||Marshall, TX||5 p.m.|
|10/26||Ozark Christian Invitational||Joplin, MO||TBA|
|11/9||A. I.I. Conference||Lawrence, KS||TBA|
|11/22||NAIA National Championship||Fort Vancouver, WA||TBA|
* Frank E Peters Golf Course
|Name||JK Gold Classic||Cottey Invt.||Emporia State Invitational||ETBU Tiger||Ozark Christian||A.I.I. Conference||NAIA National Championship|
In the News
The Comets hosted the 2nd Annual Cottey College Invitational at Frank E. Peters Golf Course on Saturday, September 14. Deanndria Shields (first-year student, Jacksonville, Oregon) led the Comets to a third-place finish with a time of 21:17 followed by Ella Page (first-year student, Bryon, Minnesota), Martina Ramirez (first-year student, Mt. Pleasant, Texas) and Karina Gchachu (first-year student, Rio Rancho, New Mexico).
“It was great to see a pack like this; four freshmen who continue to grow and get stronger with every race. We have not backed off yet and continue to train right though every meet. The future is very bright with these four,” said Coach Tony Skiles.
The Comets hosted Rockhurst University, a NCAA Division II college, and Mills College from California. “To see these types of teams coming to our home meet is great for the program and great for Cottey. When teams from all over want to come to your home meet and compete against you it shows that we are on the right path in the growth of our program,” said Coach Skiles.
Rockhurst University won the invitational; the Comets took third, only 13 points behind second place William Woods University which is a member of the American Midwest Conference.
“Right now William Woods is ranked second in their conference, which is a very good conference, so to see the young Comets team come close to them is very exciting,” said Coach Skiles.
The Comets are off next weekend and will be back in action on September 28 at Emporia State University.
The Cottey Cross Country team headed to Wichita State University for their first meet of the season. This was the first time in program history that the ladies ran a 4k, the standard distance for most of the races is 5k. First-year student Martina Ramirez (Mt. Pleasant, Texas), led the Comets through the first mile, but it was Deanndria Shields (Jacksonville, Oregon) who would lead the team to a top ten first.
“To see the lead tradeoff between two of our runners is great. It shows we have a great two ‘front of the pack’ runners which will help us be competitive,” explained Head Coach Tony Skiles, now in his third season at Cottey College. The Comets finished 10th overall with host Wichita State winnng the meet with 18 points.
“Looking at the results we have to be proud of where we have come from. We competed against two NCAA Division I teams, one NCAA Division II teams, two power house NJCAA teams, and four other NAIA colleges. We put our noses right where we needed them to be”, said Coach Skiles. Ella Page (Bryon, Minnesota) and Emily Alvarez-Hamilton (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) ran their first ever cross country race. “Watching both of them I am excited to see how they continue to grow. Their future is bright as cross country runners,” said Coach Skiles. The Comets Cross Country team is at home next week at Frank E Peters Golf Club in Nevada, Missouri. The Cottey College invitational kicks off with the middle school race at 8:30 a.m.; the women’s college portion of the race starts at 10:45 a.m..
The 2018 Comets Track Team
Indoor Track Schedule 2018-19
|12/8/18||Crimson & Gold Invitational||Pittsburg State University|
|1/19/19||Highland Invitational||Highland CC|
|2/1/19||UCM Relay||University of Central of Missouri|
|2/9/19||Scottie Classic||Highland CC|
|2/15/19||UCM Classic||University of Central of Missouri|
Outdoor Track Schedule 2018-19
|3/15-16/19||Rhodes Invitational||Rhodes College|
|3/23/19||ESU Spring Open||Emporia State University|
|4/6/19||SBU Bearcat Invitational||Southwest Baptist University|
|4/13/19||Darrel Gourley Invitational||William Jewell University|
|4/19/19||Mules Relays||University of Central Missouri|
In the News
On December 8, 2018, the Cottey College Track and Field Team headed down to Pittsburg State University for their first meet of the year. The team saw two events that were competed for the first time in school history. Jazzmin Miller (FR, Independence, MO), kicked off the Comet’s 2018-2019 season by running a school record in the 60 meter with a time of 9.08 sec. “For being her first 60 meter race ever, there is a lot of room to improve and it gives us plenty of time to help her improve,” said Coach Tony Skiles. Jazzmin would place her name in the Cottey Athletic record books, yet again, in the long jump event. Jazzmin jumped a school record of 3.17 meter (10’ 05”). “This was the first time for Cottey College to have a jumper and a first for Jazzmin having never jumped before. Jazzmin has a bright future in the long jump. When she approached the board on her last attempt, she looked strong. She will be very competitive in long jump, now and in the future, with just a little more work” said Coach Skiles.
The Comet’s throwers are Dawn Wood (JR, Eldon, MO) and Kiara Williams (FR. Lafayette. LA), both became the first athletes to throw weight in indoor track. “Both young ladies were nervous and did not know what to expect, but they shook out their nerves quickly. I could not have been any more proud of them trying something new and doing their best. Dawn set the new school record at 6.1 meter (20’). Both young ladies also threw shot put, in which Kiara led the team with a school record of 10.45meter (34’ 03”). “Kiara looked very comfortable in the shot put. Doing that well this early in the year indicates a chance of her doing great things here at Cottey,” said Coach Skiles.
The last event on the track for the Comets was the 3000 meters. Coming fresh off a great cross country season where she won her first race, Christi-Anne Beatty ( JR, Lakeside Park, KY) didn’t lose a beat. She had never run a 3000 meter or indoor race before; however, Christi-Anne looked like she belonged with them. She finished ninth out of twentieth with a time of 11:30. “That was the most complete race, from start to finish, that I have seen Christi-Anne run. She did not back down when the race started to pick up.Seeing her have confidence and will the power to hang in when the race got hard is exactly what distance racing is all about,” said Coach Skiles. “This is just the beginning. The Comets have a lot of areas to work on and improve, but with hard work and the drive to make our mark we will get better with every race,” said Coach Skiles. The Comets are on winter break from December 14 to January 3rd, so the next time for them to take to the track will be on January 19th at Highland Community College.
- 60 meter 9.08 sec
- 200 meter 32.72 sec
- Long Jump 3.17 m (10’ 05”)
- Shot Put 10.45 m (34’03)
- Weight: No Mark
- Shot Put 7.62 m (25’)
- Weight: 6.10 m (20’)
- 3000 meter 11:30
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