Cross Country & Track
Cottey Comets 2019-20 Track Team
2019-20 Indoor Track Schedule
|12/19||Crimson & Gold Invitational||Pittsburg, KS|
|1/31||Wichita State Invitational||Wichita, KS|
|2/7-8||Bearcat Open Indoor Meet||Maryville, MO|
|2/15||Scottie Classic||Highland, KS|
2020 Outdoor Track Schedule
|3/21||Emporia Spring Twilight||Emporia, KS|
|3/28||OBU Invitational||Shawnee, OK|
|4/4||SBU Bearcats Invitational||Bolivar, MO|
|4/17||UCM Classic||Warrensburg, MO|
|4/25||Zach Kindler||Baldwin City, KS|
In the News
Cottey Comets 2019 Cross Country Team
Watch the runners live at the 2019 NAIA National Championship in Vancouver, WA. 1:30 p.m. central time
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.||Overall 6 out of 6|
|10/11||ETBU Tiger||Marshall, TX||5 p.m.||Overall 3 out of 6|
|10/26||Ozark Christian Invitational||Joplin, MO||TBA||1st Place Overall|
|11/9||A.I.I. Conference||Lawrence, KS||TBA||2nd Place Overall|
|11/22||NAIA National Championship||Fort Vancouver, WA||1:30 p.m.||Watch Live!|
* Frank E Peters Golf Course
|Name||JK Gold Classic 4k||Cottey Invt. 5k||Emporia State Invitational 5k||ETBU Tiger 6k||Ozark Christian 5k||A.I.I. Conference 5k||NAIA National Championship 5k|
In the News
The Cottey College Comets cross country season, as a team, came to an end at the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference championship at Haskell Indian Nations University. The Comets finished off an historical year by placing second overall in the meet. This was the Comets first time appearing at the conference championship as Cottey was ineligible in its first year transitioning from NJCAA to NAIA in 2018.
The Comets were ranked second going into the meet and they held their ground led by Ella Page (freshman, Bryon, Minnesota) who finished seventh. Three Comets were named All-Conference athletes: Ella Page, seventh; Deanndria Shields, eighth; and Martina Ramirez, tenth.
“All year we worked on pack running. We know the only way we were going to be successful is if we ran as a pack and pushed each individual in practice and at meets,” said head coach Tony Skiles. “The individuals closed the gaps between each other forming a close-knit pack with each race they ran this year. The future is bright with every member returning next fall and we will be able to build on the strong foundation we created this year.”
The Comets will be represented at the NAIA National Championship with three athletes Ella Page, Deanndria Shields, and Martina Ramirez. The National Championship will be held on November 22, 2019, at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington, and the start of the women’s race will be at 11:30 a.m. PST.
The Comets Cross Country team made school history on Saturday, October 26, at Ozark Christian College’s Last Chance Meet by winning its first ever cross country meet in program history. The Comets were led by Deanndria Shields (First-year, Jacksonville, Oregon) who had a season-best time of 20:48 and finished in third place overall.
“We went into the race very relaxed, knowing we had a shot, but we remained focused,” said Coach Tony Skiles.
The Comets had all runners finish in the top ten for the first time this year. Ella Page (First-year, Bryon, Minnesota) and Karina Gchachu (First-year, Rio Rancho, New Mexico) along with Deanndria medaled in the race. Both Martina Ramirez (First-year, Mount Pleasant, Texas) and Cheyanne Porter (Timpson, Texas) rounded out the top ten in the race.
“From top to bottom, everyone had a season-best time which is great place to be going into conference. This was a much needed win going into conference,” said Coach Skiles.
The Comets next meet is at Haskell Indian Nation University for the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Championship on November 9.
The Comets Cross Country team traveled to East Texas Baptist University on Friday, for this young program’s first 6K. The Comets finished third overall and saw both Martina Ramirez (First-year, Mt. Pleasant, Texas) and Deanndria Shields (First-year, Jacksonville, Oregon) finish in the top 10.
“To see both Martina and Deanndria get their first top ten finishes at the college level as well as running their first 6k was exciting, and I know it will help them moving forward,” said Coach Tony Skiles.
With only four weeks left until the A.I.I. Conference race, the Comets look to continue their successful season in two weeks with their final tune up at Ozark Christian.
“Since the beginning of the season we have had one goal and that is conference. We use each race as a stepping stone to grow and get better, and that is exactly what these young ladies have done. These next four weeks will be fun to watch” said Coach Skiles.
The Cottey College Comets Cross Country team headed to Emporia State University for the Emporia State XC Invitational on Friday night. Ella Page (First-year student, Bryon, Minnesota) led the Comets to a 6th place finish with a time of 21:41.1. “This was not a race where you set out to obtain season records or a personal best,” said Coach Tony Skiles. “At the start of the race the temperature was 91 degrees. This is a quite warm for this time of the year. The team, considering the conditions, did a good job.” The temperature played a major factor in how everyone ran at the meet. The winning time was 19:45 by Hope Saunder from Wichita State University and the winning team was Fort Hays State University. “There are several good things we were able to take away from this meet. We were also able to pinpoint a few things to work on as a team,” said Coach Skiles. The Comets will be heading to East Texas Baptist University on October 11 where they will be running a 6K for the first time in program history.
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..