AUGUSTA — The Cowley College men’s and women’s cross country teams hung in against the likes of Wichita State, Kansas State and Missouri State with some solid performances Saturday at the JK Gold Classic at the RAFT Golf Course.
The Lady Tigers finished fifth and the Cowley men placed ninth out of 15 teams.
The host Wichita State men and women swept the meet. The Shockers also had the top runners. Winny Koskei won the 2.5-mile women’s race in 13 minutes, 48.5 seconds, while Ben Flowers took the 3.73-mile men’s race in 18:38.2.
The Tigers were competing for the second time in a week.
After winning the season-opening Terry Masterson Invitational, Cowley freshman Lubna Suied put together her second straight solid performance, finishing 15th out of 149 runners in 15:12.4.
Teammates Sasha Elizondo (15:30.7) and Karina Maravillas (15:53.8) were not far behind.
Sophomore Messi Elgin led the Cowley men by placing 30th in 20:27.0. Former Arkansas City High School standout Corbin Liermann placed 82nd in 21:57.2.
The Tigers return to action at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo.
Southwestern College also competed Saturday. All Builders who participated saw season-best performances.
The men placed eighth with 209 points in the 6K. Freshman John Davila crossed the finish line in 20:51.0, closely followed by teammates Tumiso Tidamane and Adam Hernandez, in 21:10.3 and 21:13.5, respectively.
Freshman Maliki Pope placed 63th (21:25.5), followed by Nathaniel Caballero in 68th (21:36.2).
The Lady Builders placed 12th in the 4K with 307 points.
Freshman Daegiona Wilson had an outstanding performance, finishing in 16:53.5. Former Winfield High School standout Bri Hulse followed with a season-best 17:08.5.
The Builders compete Sept. 28 at the Tabor Cottonwood Challenge in Hillsboro.