Cross Country & Track

Cottey Comets 2019 Cross Country Team

2019 Cross Country Team

2019 Cross Country Schedule

9/7Wichita State JK Gold ClassicWichita, KS9 a.m.Overall 10 out of 15
9/14Cottey College InvitationalNevada, MO*10 a.m.Overall 3 out of 6
9/27Emporia State InvitationalEmporia, KS5 p.m.
10/11ETBU TigerMarshall, TX5 p.m.
10/26Ozark Christian InvitationalJoplin, MOTBA
11/9A. I.I. ConferenceLawrence, KSTBA
11/22NAIA National ChampionshipFort Vancouver, WATBA

* Frank E Peters Golf Course

2019 Times

NameJK Gold ClassicCottey Invt.Emporia State InvitationalETBU TigerOzark ChristianA.I.I. ConferenceNAIA National Championship
Deanndria Shields17:00.521:17
Martina Ramirez17:18.821:50
Ella Page17:26.321:28
Karina Gchachu17:38.822:10
Cheyanne Porter19:00.125:12
Emily Alvarez-Hamilton23:24.731:22
Janamay Carothers32:30

In the News

Cross Country Runner Two

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).

Cross Country Runner One“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.Cross Country Runner Three

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.



Team Picture

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.

Cheyanne Porter

Cheyanne Porter at the Wichita State JK Gold Classic

“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.

Martina Ramirez

Martina Ramirez at the Wichita State JK Gold Classic

“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

2018 Track Team

Indoor Track Schedule 2018-19

12/8/18Crimson & Gold InvitationalPittsburg State University
1/19/19Highland InvitationalHighland CC
2/1/19UCM RelayUniversity of Central of Missouri
2/9/19Scottie ClassicHighland CC
2/15/19UCM ClassicUniversity of Central of Missouri

Outdoor Track Schedule 2018-19

3/15-16/19Rhodes InvitationalRhodes College
3/23/19ESU Spring OpenEmporia State University
4/6/19SBU Bearcat InvitationalSouthwest Baptist University
4/13/19Darrel Gourley InvitationalWilliam Jewell University
4/19/19Mules RelaysUniversity 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.


Jazzmin Miller:

  • 60 meter 9.08 sec
  • 200 meter 32.72 sec
  • Long Jump 3.17 m (10’ 05”)

Kiara William:

  • Shot Put 10.45 m (34’03)
  • Weight: No Mark

Dawn Wood:

  • Shot Put 7.62 m (25’)
  • Weight: 6.10 m (20’)

Christi-Anne Beatty:

  • 3000 meter 11:30

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