IOLA — The No. 7-ranked Cowley College women’s cross country team captured the Jayhawk East title for the third year in a row and the Region VI Championship for the second straight year Saturday.
The Lady Tigers finished 25 points better than runner-up Butler in the region and 10 ahead of the Lady Grizzlies in the conference race.
“This was a goal of ours since the beginning of the year,” Cowley coach Cameron Rieth said. “The ladies put in the effort to bring back the (conference and region) trophy. They are a disciplined and determined group and have been a pleasure to coach.”
Cowley freshman Lubna Suied placed second in the conference and third in the region in 19 minutes, 19.94 seconds in the 3.1-mile race. Colby’s Abigail Kemboi (19:03.34) was the region champion, and Butler’s Michelle Sanchez (19:07.79) was the top runner in the Jayhawk East.
Cowley sophomore Sasha Elizondo (19:36.10) was just behind Suied in third place in the conference and fourth in the region.
“Lubna and Sasha ran tough up front,” Rieth said.
Cowley freshman Karina Maravillas (19:54.51) placed sixth in the region and fourth in the conference, while sophomore Jasmin Martinez (20:31.38) was 11th in the region and sixth in the conference.
Zinara Lesley (21:21.80), Brooklynn Riggle (21:35.74) and Allie Guggisberg (22:42.99) rounded out the other Lady Tigers at the meet.
“We had a big target on our back heading into the meet and the girls handled it well,” Rieth said. “Karina ran hard and stepped up, while Brooklynn had probably her best race of the year.”
The Lady Tigers compete Nov. 9 in the NJCAA Nationals in Albuquerque, N.M.
“Our goal is to end up on the (awards) podium,” Rieth said.
Cowley men fourth in East
IOLA — The Cowley men finished fourth in the Jayhawk East and seventh in the Region.
Sophomore Marc Gonzales led the Tigers with a fifth-place finish, 16th in the region, completing the five-mile race in 27:00.13.
Allen won the Jayhawk East title, while Cloud County took home the region title.
“Marc’s time does not indicate how well he ran,” Rieth said. “The guys’ course was much tougher than the girls.”
Allen’s Joshua Doria (25:58.30) was the individual conference champion and Colby’s Wesley Banguria (23:30.56) was the region champion.
The Tigers competed without No. 2 runner, freshman Goplan Ramesway.
Other Cowley runners at the meet were sophomore Messi Elgin (27:58.25), freshman Edwin Olvera (28:40.86), freshman Dawson Crawley (29:18.54), sophomore Noah McBride (29:21.07), freshman Samuel Giles (29:28.83) and freshman Corbin Liermann (30:26.02).
“I hope the guys will use this as motivation heading into the indoor and outdoor track seasons,” Rieth said.