NEWTON — The No. 1-ranked Cowley College women’s cross country team captured the title Saturday at the Bethel Invitational.
The No. 2-ranked Cowley men finished second.
Sophomore Lubna Suied won her third race in four tries, finishing 20 seconds better than runner-up Gloria Butts of Rogers State. Suied finished the 3.1-mile race in a personal-best 18 minutes, 27.1 seconds despite running in extremely windy conditions.
“For Lubna to get her third win already is pretty impressive,” Cowley coach Cameron Rieth said. “She ran phenomenal.”
Zinara Lesley (19:34.89) and Karissa Glover (19:48.74) placed seventh and eighth, respectively, as the Lady Tigers easily out-paced NCAA Division II Newman University for the team title.
“Zinara and Karissa ran terrific,” Rieth said. “We ran very well as a team and hope to keep it rolling.”
Cowley sophomore Megan Reynolds made her season debut after battling hip and health issues and placed 15th (20:27.3).
“Megan is an incredible comeback story and had a very good opening meet,” Rieth said.
Paula Viciano-Cansino (20:45.24) achieved a personal-best time and placed 16th, while Karstyn Nolan (23:41.39) rounded out Lady Tigers.
Competing for the first time in more than a month, the Cowley men shook off the rust to finish second by only two points to meet champion St. Mary University.
“It looked like we had a lot of race rust,” Rieth said. “It is hard to simulate going all out like an actual race in practice. I expect the guys to run a little faster in better conditions.”
Cowley freshman Amos Pkiach made his season debut and finished as the runner-up in the five-mile race. Pkiach’s time of 24:56.92 was second to only meet champion Nathan Wickoren, who ran independently for the Kansas City Smoke.
“Amos did exactly what we expected and ran really well,” Rieth said.
Cowley’s Xoel Rodriguez-Abad placed ninth in 26:17.31.
Other Tiger runners at the meet were Joel Rodriguez (27:01.83, 18th), Samuel Giles (27:30.26, 25th), Javyn Contreras (27:44.2), Edwin Olvera (27:52.71), Caleb Liermann (27:53.59), Dawson Crawley (28:16.99), Aidan Wells (28:21.8), Corbin Liermann (28:45.4), Edgar Reyes (28:49.47), Richard Whatley Jr. (29:02.53), Jimmy Howey (31:01.8) and Nathaniel Hubbard (31:51.96).
The Tigers compete today at the Region VI/Jayhawk Conference Championships in El Dorado.
Saturday at Newton
Team Scores — 1. St. Mary 50; 2. Cowley 52; 3. Newman 53; 4. Fort Scott 129; 5. Bethel 132; 6. MCC-Longview 145; 7. McPherson 167; 8. Bethany 193.
Team Scores — 1. Cowley 26; 2. Newman 56; 3. York 78; 4. Fort Scott 113; 5. McPherson 115; 6. Bethany 123; 7. Ottawa 142.