Cowley College athletics finished ninth out of 200 colleges in the 2019-20 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 10th time, Iowa Central Community College captured the Daktronics Cup with 166 total points, winning the National Junior College Athletic Association Scholarship Division by a 28.5-point margin.
Cowley totaled 43.5 points. Athletic director Shane Larson said he is proud of the coaches and student-athletes that made this recognition possible even without the completion of the spring sports season.
Cowley’s baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams were unable to complete their spring seasons due to COVID-19.
“I am extremely excited to have our athletic programs stay in the top 10, especially considering the majority of our teams compete in the spring,” Larson said. “Our fall and winter sports did a great job of scoring enough points to finish in the top 10. Thanks to the support of the administration, Board of Trustees, the community and our fan base, our coaches are allowed to recruit athletes that perform at a high level.”
In the fall, the men’s soccer team was one of 12 squads that qualified for the National tournament. The Tigers repeated as conference champions, captured their first-ever district title and won their first-ever game at the National tournament.
The women’s cross country team placed eighth nationally and the women’s indoor track and field team finished 10th at the National Championships.
Led by 184-pound National champion Ottis Peeler, the wrestling team finished 15th nationally.
The men’s basketball team qualified for the National tournament for the first time since the 1956-57 season.