Cowley College athletics finished fifth out of 200 colleges in the 2018-19 Daktronics NATYCAA Cup standings.

The National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators standings is an annual report that shows how all two year schools rank in postseason results for their institution. 

For an unprecedented ninth time, Iowa Central Community College captured the Daktronics Cup with 185.5 total points, winning the National Junior College Athletic Association Scholarship Division by a 26-point margin.

Cowley totaled 125 points to place fifth, achieving its highest finish since 2011.

“This is five straight years of continuous improvement in the standings and our highest finish since 2011,” Cowley athletic director Shane Larson said. “We are one of only three Kansas Jayhawk Conference schools to make the top 10 and finishing second out of the conference shows the commitment to excellence Cowley’s administration and Board of Trustees have for our student athletes.”

Leading the way in postseason play was the cross country team placing fourth in the nation. The men’s tennis team also placed fourth at the National tournament, tying for the best D-I finish in the history of the program.

The tennis team finished in a tie for fifth at the National Championships, while the baseball team qualified for the NJCAA Division I Juco World Series and placed sixth nationally.

The women’s track and field team placed ninth at both the NJCAA Division I National Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

The men’s track and field team placed 12th at the D-I National Indoor Championships and 24th at the Outdoor Championships, while the men’s cross country team placed 17th at the national meet.

The men’s bowling team placed 11th and the Lady Tigers were 13th at Nationals.

The men’s soccer team won a school-record 17 games and qualified to compete at the D-I Soccer Championships for the first time in history.

The wrestling team qualified eight wrestlers to Nationals.

Top 10 — 1. Iowa Central 185.5; 2. Barton 159.5; 3. Iowa Western 145.5; 4. South Plains 129.5; 5. Cowley 125; 6. Tyler 119; 7. Monroe 115.5; 8. Central Arizona 111; 9. Cloud County 91; 10. New Mexico 87.

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