Issue 16 The Student Newspaper of Cowley College
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May 9, 2007
Beauty is in the eye of the judges in the
Cinderfella 19th annual all-male beauty pageant BY BRADY BREWER Staff Writer
As 2007 Mr. Cinderfella, sophomore James Loe receives the annual bucket crown. Loe also won the talent portion of the contest with “The Evolution of Dance.”
ifteen contestants vied for the title of Mr. Cinderfella on Thursday, April 26, in the Robert Brown Theatre. The event was emceed by current Miss Kansas Michelle Walthers and presented by Cowley College and the Act One theater club. After showing their dance moves in the opening number, contestants competed in three categories: beachwear/leisure wear, talent and evening wear. At the same time, they were also being judged for other awards: Best Eyes, Wanna Take Him Home, Best Smile, and Mr. Personality. Each category encompassed a broad spectrum of entertainment – from Sean
Best Eyes - Danny Mouangdy Wanna Take Him Home - Blake Mackey Best Smile - Joe Lauer Mr. Personality - Rashad Parker
Rethmeier and his motorcycle to Kyle Chamberland’s magic in the talents, and smooth suits in the evening wear – but no one surpassed James Loe, Mr. Cinderfella 2007. Loe went above and beyond in every category. He was rolled out on a utility cart and dressed in a toga while being fed grapes for the beach/leisure wear; he put on a spectacular rendition of “the Evolution of Dance” as his talent, and showed some flair for fashion with his black suit and red fedora in the evening wear. Along with the Mr. Cinderfella title, he was also the winner of the talent category. The Cinderfella pageant was a fundraiser for Act One.
Left: Freshman Will Brantley sports a ‘40s style pin-striped zoot suit in the evening wear competition. Every contestant in Mr. Cinderfella gave one carnation to an audience member during this portion of the pageant.
Evening Wear Winner - William Brantley Beach Wear Winner - Sean Rethmeier Talent Winner - James Loe
Photos by Jackie Hutchinson and Marcia Russell.
4th Runner-up - Zach Whitener 3rd Runner-up - Alexie Smith 2nd Runner-up - Joe Lauer 1st Runner-up - Shawn Ming 2007 Mr. Cinderfella - James Loe Right: Sophomore Zach Whitener works it just like Richard Simmons in the talent competition. He was 4th runner up and took home a 4-pound can of tuna, among other prizes
Right: With Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A” blaring in the Robert Brown Theatre, sophomore Aaron Loehr struts his Uncle Sam inspired beachwear.
Right: The Amazing Ky-El (sophomore Kyle Chamberland) awes the crowd with his magic acts in the talent competition. In his final act, Chamberland asked reigning Miss Kansas Michelle Walthers to stab him in the forearm. Moments later, he ran away.
Title times two Both the men’s and women’s track teams won Region VI championships last weekend in Hutchinson. Story on page 8
Caps and gowns abound Approximately 280 sophomores participated in the 84th graduation ceremony in the W.S. Scott Auditorium May 5. Story on page 3
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The risks of a sun-kissed glow BY AMANDA PRATT Opinions Editor
or many, summer and glowing tans go hand-in-hand. Some are content with letting their tans fade when summer does. Others like to maintain sun-kissed skin all year. The most popular way to achieve a July glow in the middle of January, or to get a head start in the spring for beach visits in the summer, is tanning at a tanning salon. An Ionic Salon employee estimated that 150 come in to tan every day; about 100 of these attend every single day. The American Association of Dermatology (AAD) reports that over one million Americans use a tanning bed each day. In addition, the AAD reports that twenty minutes in a tanning bed is equivalent to four hours in the sun. Excessive tanning bed use can lead to blood vessel dilation, discolored skin spots and wrinkles. The Cleveland Clinic explains that “the sun’s ultraviolet light damages the fibers in the skin call elastin,” which causes various skin damage. Sun damage can go beyond appearances. “I don’t go all the time,” said sophomore Jayme Shriver. “I have a history of skin cancer in my family.” The National Cancer Institute reports
that 90 percent of skin cancer cases are related to tanning and sunburns. Long-term exposure to UVA and UVB rays is the most common culprit of skin cancer. According to the AE Institute, tanning beds emit lower levels of UVB rays, considered the most dangerous light ray, than the sun. However, most experts agree that a tanning bed is equally as dangerous as the sun. Three types of skin cancer exist: squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Of these, melanoma is considered the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It is also the most deadly, causing about 75 percent of skin cancer deaths, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Any skin changes, such as the appearance of a new mole or any changes to an existing one, could be a sign of skin cancer. Experts advise people to go to a doctor or dermatologist as soon as they notice these changes. Other dangers lurk in tanning beds. “How can you be sure that the tanning bed you’re using is clean?” asked sophomore Krista Dopfel. With a recent Wichita Eagle article reporting that only 26 states have tanning salon regulations, many salon patrons should worry about the cleanliness of their bed. According to a Tanning Advisor.com
article, “beds should always be sanitized with a germicide/ fungicide sanitizer between uses.” If this is not done, bacteria can grow at an alarming rate and lethally infect users. Using unsanitary eye goggles could infect the user with pinkeye, cold and flu viruses. Foreign particles left behind from past users can cause other infections or eye damage. Tanning Advisor gives tips to recognize a sanitary tanning salon. Some indications are properly disinfected instruments, disposable eye goggles, and clearly visible warning signs posted for customers to examine. The possible dangers of tanning salons have caused many manufacturers to create sunless tanners for consumers who want a summer glow without the tanning bed. Most of these products are safe, except for those containing conthaxanthin. Many advise to Upright tanning beds, as pictured above, are avoid products claiming to be promoted as giving a more uniformed indoor tan. tanning enhancers or amplifiers. Some tanning bed operators say that tanning can Some prefer their own help clear up psoriasis and eczema as well as natural skin color. produce vitamin D. (photo by Tiffany Zavala) “I would never use tanning beds or tanning lotions because it looks unnatural,” said Dopfel. Staff writers Megan Cummings and Tiffany Sophomore Jeremiah Campbell agrees. Zavala contributed to this article. “I hate the orange look,” said Campbell.
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Photos by Alex Skov
Melanie Pratt searches for family and friends upon the completion of the graduation ceremony.
An estimated 280 graduates participated in Cowley College commencement ceremony on Saturday in the W.S. Scott Auditorium. The graduation class was made up of students from all of the Cowley campuses.
Roundin’ up the year
SGA plans end-of-semester event with Western theme BY NICOLE COSTELLO Staff Writer
Stressed out about finals? Students will have a chance to take a break at the Cowley Roundup on Thursday, May 10. The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association and organized by the newly elected SGA officers. The Cowley Roundup will include western-themed games, cartoon drawings, and even a mechanical bull. Free straw hats will be issued to the first 150 students to show up to the festivities. From 4 to 9 p.m. all the attractions will be outside of the cafeteria. They include a dunk tank with college faculty and staff, water gun shootouts, and tug-of-war. At 4:30 p.m. a free cookout meal will be served to all students. Around 5 p.m. sophomores Kyle
Chamberland and Alexie Smith will present a fashion show that they have organized as a fundraiser for the dorms. The fashion show will showcase male dorm residents, who will also be up for auction. The show will be held in front of Docking Dorm. As the sun goes down the Cowley Roundup ends, but the night isn’t over. The Hoe-Down will be held in the Cafeteria from 9 p.m. to midnight. Providing music for the dance will be Jace Kennedy, who was also the disc jockey for the street dance last August as well as the Homecoming dance in February. “[The new SGA officers] have done almost all of the planning and are a takecharge type of group,” Activities Director Kristi Shaw said. “They are going to have a lot of new things planned for you guys next year. I am so excited.”
AEC season ends BY COURTNEY CRAIN Staff Writer
Cowley’s Academic Excellence Challenge team had high hopes about the state tournament on April 27 and 28. The team was seeded at number two at the beginning of the weekend. During the first round, the team defeated Garden City. However, in the next two rounds against Colby and Kansas City, Cowley’s team was beat by five points by both teams. Cowley tied for fifth place. Natural Science instructor Greg Nichols said, “We prepared well, had a good enough team to take it all the way, and we were in a good place. It just slipped through our fingers.” The team consists of sophomores Brett Albright, Matt Beach, Chansi Long, Steven Arebalo and freshman Adam Long.
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Campus percussion group will hold anniversary concert Friday
By CHARISSE ARCHER Staff Writer
o commemorate their five-year anniversary, the Temporal Mechanics Union (TMU) will be having a concert on Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre. Admission is free. Formed in 2002 by social science instructor and group director Chris Mayer, TMU is open to anyone regardless of experience or skill. TMU is the only organization of its kind in Kansas. “It has become a lot bigger than what I thought it could be. It was just another way to get students involved,” said Mayer. “Since then (2002), it has grown to become a community-wide thing. To the best I know we are the only new music ensemble at a community college in the United States.” TMU incorporates and draws influence from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian cultures. Playing instruments ranging from traditional orchestral percussive instruments to power drills and vacuum cleaners, TMU is far from ordinary. They also build some of their own instruments to achieve a desired sound. “As an artist, this was the most fun for me – creating new instruments,” said art instructor Mike Fell, who is currently the longest-serving member of the group. In the group for over four years, Fell said he has enjoyed every minute of it. He believes the music has variety and considers it to be performance arts.
Over the years, TMU has had a total of 39 members including the current ensemble. One newcomer to the group, sophomore Jessemine Baker, said she enjoys what she does. “ I play a little of everything. It requires a lot of rhythm and imagination,”
Baker said, “Every blue moon we’ll just play random things … just groove ... and somehow it all comes together.” The current ensemble members include Cowley students Tony Beach, Sandra Dobbins, Justin Douglas, Wayne Farley and Phillip Vinson. Among their selections for the evening, TMU will be performing a suite called “5s,” symbolic of the ensemble’s five years together. Each member came up with
an idea based on this theme of five; be it five beats in a rhythm or five drummers. Another work is entitled “Canticle for the Mechanical Age.” Described as a celebration of sound, it is written in a style called the Art of Noise. Developed in the 1920s by Italian Futurist composers, this style breaks the bonds of traditional music, incorporating machine and other non-digital sounds to produce music. “I’m not sure when the idea hit me, but now, in the digital age, a lot of sounds are disappearing,” Mayer said, “It’s all about turning everyday sounds into music. It’s basically an old idea with a new spin.” The TMU has presented concerts and workshops in Oklahoma, Texas and Minnesota. It is in Minnesota that Mayer’s fondest memory within the TMU is rooted. “About a year ago we did a work composed by Tom Harper specifically for the group, called ‘Migrations.’ It took us to a whole new level.” Mayer acknowledged and gave special thanks to administrators in other departments. “Todd Shepherd (instructor/chair of the Social Science Department) and Sheree Utash (vice president of Student and Academic Affairs) have not limited me, but supported me. I went to Tony Crouch (vice president of Business Services) and asked him for money to buy instruments even when TMU was still an idea. They have been just as important as any member of the band.”
The Spidey sense is gone... BY CHANSI LONG Online Editor
fast-paced dazzling array of disappointment; that’s all that can be said to sum up Spider-Man 3. The movie starts out with Peter Parker on top of the world. Peter’s at the head of his class in college, and Spider-Man has become a popular icon. All the kids are wearing Spider-Man costumes and T-shirts. Also, Mary Jane is singing on Broadway, with Peter watching from the front row. He even plans to propose. The only downside is that Harry Osborn (James Franco) has a vendetta for him. But when Harry tries to kill Peter, he ends up conking his head on the pavement, resulting in some serious memory loss. Harry doesn’t remember anything after his father’s death, including his hatred for Peter. But it doesn’t take long for the rest of Peter’s life to turn sour. A new flunky named Eddie Brock (Topher Grace) takes over his photography job at the Daily Bugle. A parasite in the shape of black goo
Action/Adventure Movie Rated PG-13 out of 4 crawls from an exploding meteor and onto Peter. The goo infects Peter’s suit, aggravating his powers and anger. The goo will later be responsible for turning Peter’s competition at the Bugle into a creature named Venom. The police discover that Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church) is the guy who really killed Uncle Ben. He escaped from prison and turned into the Sandman by hiding from the cops in a forbidden testing zone. It takes the Sandman a while to control his powers, and Spider-Man discovers water is his weakness when he tries to kill him. Yes, Spider-Man justifies murder. Meanwhile, the critics hate Mary Jane and she gets fired from her dream job. Jolted, she grows jealous of Peter’s fame. And Peter can’t shut up about how
much everyone loves him, causing MaryJane to run out on him when he’s about to propose. Oh, and Harry suddenly remembers that he hates Peter and he’s out to kill him again. Three villains, a romance gone wrong, and a good guy toying with an evil side add up to a lot of nothing. There are just too many elements in this movie; too many characters, too many plots and side plots, and too many scenes with Peter sporting a comb over. It’s just too much. The side story with Harry comes off like an after-school special about forgiveness. Venom is just silly. He’s supposed to be a bad guy, but when he talks, his scary fang-filled mask pulls back to show the big dork from That 70’s Show. And his voice reflects that of a skinny little nerd. It could have at least been modified to give villainy feel. The ending is formulaic and forced. It’s a shame that this movie is even connected to the other two. It has great special effects, fantastic action, a few good laughs, but no substance. Don’t go into this movie with high expectations, or really, any expectations, or you’ll likely be disappointed.
TMU turns five
May 9, 2007
The Sophomore Music Majors Recital, featuring Nathan Holcomb and Heather Bailes, will be held May 11. The recital will be held in the Robert Brown Theatre and will begin at 7 p.m. The 10th Annual Duck Dash will be May 12 at Spring Hill Farms. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Duck races begin at 5:30 p.m. and a gourmet picnic will follow the race. The grand prize for the winning duck will be $1,000 cash. It costs $20 to adopt a plastic duck. The event is a fundraiser for the college’s Endowment Association. A HALO Tournament will be held in the game room inside the Nelson Student Center on Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m. The cost to enter the tournament is $3. Art exhibit “Impossible Things” will be on display May 14. The mother-daughter combination of writers and artists is the focus for the exhibit. Reception for the exhibit will be held in at the new Burford Art Space from 5-7 p.m.
New Releases The Ex After his wife gets pregnant and steps away from her highpaying job, slacker Tom Reilly (Zach Braff) is forced to get a real job. Reilly finds himself working for his wife’s crippled high school friend and former lover (Jason Bateman). The Ex is rated PG-13 and will be in theaters May 11. Mike Jones The American Dream This album includes Jones’ new single “Mr. Jones” along with several others featuring guest artists such as Snoop Dogg.
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All-star Lady Tigers seek strong finish BY ALEX SKOV Sports Writer
ndeniably, the 2007 season has been good to the softball program. The young Lady Tigers had a rough start at the Cowtown Classic in Texas, but smoothed things out to finish with a regular season record of 43-7. The most recent acclaim lauded upon the Lady Tigers came in the form of Region VI recognition. Eight players received spots on all-region teams. Freshmen Heather Davis, Colby Hart and Danielle SaylorPerkins were named to first team allregion, as were sophomores Kaci Haney, Nicole Reuter and Jenanne Wilson. Second-
team honors went to freshman Katie Duncan and sophomore Jenny Hoyt. The all-region news was given to the team nearly one week after 10 Lady Tigers were named to all-conference teams, and freshman Kim Noble nabbed an honorable mention. First-team all-conference players are Davis, Duncan, Haney, Hart, Wilson, freshman Ashton Kistler and sophomore Jymme Daily. Reuter and Hoyt were named second-team. Individually, Davis, a pitcher, has had an excellent season. Her 274 strikeouts have been enough to put her firmly in first place in NJCAA Division II. She is also third in the nation in ERA, with .593.
With stats like that, it’s obvious that Davis wouldn’t go under the radar. Aside from her all-conference and all-region placements, Davis was given the Most Valuable Player award for the Jayhawk East. She was also given the conference’s Freshman of the Year title. Recently, the Lady Tigers played in the Region VI Tournament in Wichita. As the number two seed, they had a bye in the first round. On Saturday, May 5, round two saw Davis pitch a nearly perfect game in a 4-0 win over Highland, whom the Lady Tigers beat on April 29 in their last game of the regular season. Later on Saturday, the Lady Tigers pulled off a 5-3 win over Pratt, thanks in
no small part to Duncan. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Duncan slammed a two-run home run to break a tie and put the Lady Tigers over the top. Not only was the game-winning homer Duncan’s second of the game, but her third in the last three games. The Lady Tigers are scheduled to play number one-seeded Johnson County on Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. in Wichita. The Lady Tigers and Johnson County finished as regular season co-champions in the Jayhawk East. If the Lady Tigers beat Johnson County, they will go on to play in the Region VI Tournament’s championship game, otherwise they will play in a losers’ bracket game.
Tigers hope to build on 13-game winning streak BY BRADY BREWER Staff Writer
Freshman, Tom O’Gorman, first-team all-conference third baseman, makes the throw to first. (photo by Jolene Pierson)
Upon clinching the Jayhawk East championship, Cowley proceeded to finish the Highland doubleheader with a victory of 5-1, outplay Crowder College with a win of 11-9, run-rule Seminole State 12-2, and sweep Maple Woods with scores of 17-5 and 8-2. Over the course of this time, sophomore Mike Dabbs was awarded Player of the Year, and head coach Dave Burroughs was named Coach of the Year. Going in to the Region VI Tournament with encouraged spirit, the Tigers hosted Cloud County and came out on top with big wins of 8-1 and 15-4. The victories take the Tigers’ winning streak to 13 games and give them a 41-15 record on the season. Sophomore Lance Hoge (10-3) struck out 12 out of 17 batters and walked none in game one while fellow sophomore Justin Otto picked up the win of game two with five strikeouts and no walks, allowing just nine hits and three earned runs. Sophomore
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Jason Sowers went big in the doubleheader as he hit 6-for-9 with two home runs and eight runs batted in, and sophomore Blake Mitchell also had a big game, going 5-for-8 with two stolen bases. The wins will take Cowley to Wichita’s Lawrence Dumont Stadium to play Garden City Friday at noon. The Tigers have lost the first game at Wichita the last three years. The Tigers finished the doubleheader against Highland in Coffeyville on April 26 with a 5-1 victory. Freshman Curt Simpson, who started the rain-out game, finished what he started with 14 strikeouts and just two hits. Freshmen Tom O’Gorman and Kenny Hitchcock had the only RBI’s for the Tigers. In the following game against Crowder College the Tigers scored early to keep control throughout. Mitchell went 4-for-6 with two RBIs, and Dabbs went 3-for-6 with three RBIs. Sophomore Ryan McMillan hit his sixth home run of the season and also had two RBIs. Against Seminole, every starter on the lineup scored in a nine-run third inning.
O’Gorman, freshman Blake Kelly, and freshman Travis Carney had three hits apiece, and sophomore Cole Waddell went 2-for-5 with a triple and four RBIs. On Monday, the Tigers swept Maple Woods with wins of 17-5 and 8-2 at home. In game one they scored 11 runs in the first inning and recorded 20 hits in the fiveinning run-rule. O’Gorman hit his 11th home run of the season and drove in six runs and Dabbs tacked on his seventh home run of the season and added to his team leading 57 RBIs. Game two was a bit closer as the Tigers only had a 5-2 lead going in to the sixth and capped it with three runs to hold on to the 8-2 victory. Hoge played outfield and found himself in the batting lineup, going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Sophomore Tyler Fleming picked up game one from the mound, and Otto picked up game two. The Tigers hope to continue their winning streak as they are scheduled to push forth in the Region VI Tournament in Wichita on Friday afternoon at noon.
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Tigers hope for national success BY JACOB EARLS Sports Writer Both tennis programs had successful seasons this year and have their eyes set on a national championship. Tiger tennis captured many singles and doubles championships at regionals. The Lady Tigers shined at regionals by garnering all 18 points possible to win the region championship. The Lady Tigers are currently competing at the national tournament in Tucson, Ariz., which started on Saturday, May 5. The Tigers have their national tournament in Plano, Tex. on May 13-18. The Lady Tigers finished the regular season with a record of 8-2. Their two losses came by a score of 5-4 to Drury College and East Central Oklahoma. Both losses were due to one of their top players being injured. The Lady Tigers are considered to be one of the top five junior college teams in
the nation. At the start of the season, the Lady Tigers played Tyler Junior College, another top five team, and won 6-3. Led by freshman Kasia Siwosz, the Lady Tigers had five of six singles players ranked in the top 50 of junior college tennis. Siwosz, who finished undefeated in singles, was ranked number one in junior college singles tennis. Sophomore Hanane Toumi was ranked 13th, while freshmen Karolina Porizkova, Juliana Franco, and Monica Medina were ranked 20th, 36th, and 50th, respectively. The Lady Tigers received number one seeds in three of the six brackets at nationals in singles competition. The men’s tennis team had only one player returning from a year ago, but fell short of a region championship. The Tigers lost by half of a point to Johnson County. The Tigers were ranked seventh in the junior college national rankings. Led by freshmen Diego Motivar and Richard Filkuka, the Tigers had four of six singles players ranked in the top 50 of junior college tennis. Filkuka was ranked fifth while Motivar was ranked 17th. Freshmen Clay Cypert and Jim Blacketer were ranked 43rd and 47th, respectively. The Tigers won four of the nine region championships, which include both singles and doubles competition.
Tigers moving on Cowley athletes going to play at a higher level COMPILED BY SPORTS STAFF Below is a partial list of athletes who plan to continue competition beyond Tiger athletics. Track and cross country athletes do not declare until after their season. Women’s Basketball Chelsz Coggins – Northwestern Oklahoma State Ashley Cole – Texas State Lindsey Davis – Missouri Southern State Sharee Hurt – Southwestern Baptist (Bolivar, Mo.) Megan Knowles (fr.) – Rogers State Alyssa Showman – Southwestern Oklahoma State (committed, but not signed yet) Brittany Wilson – Texas State Men’s Basketball James Loe – Portland State Baseball Mike Dabbs – Oklahoma State Tyler Fleming – Wichita State Kyle Head – University of Central Oklahoma
Sophomore Lukas Hyl attempts to return the serve in the number 1 singles regional championship. Hyl will play at number 1 singles for the Tigers at nationals. (photo by Juliana Franco)
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Track and field teams make HISTORY Tigers win outdoor Region VI/Jayhawk Conference titles for first time BY BRADY BREWER Staff Writer
ompeting in stormy conditions in Hutchinson over this past weekend, the men and women’s track and field teams won the Region VI and the Jayhawk Conference East Division titles for the first time in school history. “Our girls were picked to win it, and our men were picked to take third, but they overcame,” head coach Mark Phillips said. “It was very exciting for everybody in the fact that it was the first time we’ve won both titles in Cowley track and field history.” The women didn’t seem to have any real threat in the meet as they beat Johnson County 300 points to 102 in the conference, and Butler 207 points to 156.5 in the region. The men, on the other hand, were fighting with Johnson County in their conference as they only beat Johnson by nine points, 217-208, and it was the same in the region where they beat Johnson by 10 points, 145135. “Johnson County has been our competition all year long,” Phillips said. Freshman Jackline Kipwambok, who was named Region VI Women’s Track Athlete of the Meet, was a key performer as she took first in the 1,500-meter run, the 10,000-meter run, and the 4x800-meter relay, and second in the 5,000-meter run. Freshman Amelia Lewis helped her in lead-
ing the team with more key performances freshman Dante Miller. Mugo also took first in the heptathlon and by taking first in the in the 10,000-meter run and second in the triple jump and second in the 4x100-meter 3,000-meter steeplechase. Sophomore Cody relay. Other members Tabor and freshman of the relay teams Skyler Johnson took were sophomore first and second, reIrene Kosgei, freshspectively, in the shot men Bethany Schmidt put, freshman Adam and Jennifer Cherono Wolkins took first in on the 4x800-meter the javelin, and Bryan relay team, and freshTapia took second in men Aubree Dorsey the discus. and Jessica Johnson, “At the indoor and sophomore championships the Neisha Peterson on men took second in the 4x100-meter relay conference and third team. Also, freshman in the region, but they Kelsey Poljansek took really wanted it this first in the shot put time,” Phillips said. and discus. “It’s a lot different For the men, outside, but they’ve sophomore Daniel come a long ways Maina led the team since the Indoor Reby placing first in gion VI/Conference the 5,000-meter run meet.” and the 4x800-meter Before the Outrelay, and second in door Region VI/Conthe 800-meter run ference meet, the and the 1,500-meter Tiger track and field run. Other members teams competed in of the men’s 4x800the TCU Horned Frog Freshman Adam Wolkins performed well Invitational and the meter relay team at the Region VI/Jayhawk Conference were sophomores Southwestern Relays meet by taking first in the javelin. (photo and they performed Stanley Mugo and by Luke Houser) Ferrien Harris, and well in both.
At the TCU Invite just a small group of athletes competed against many NCAA Division I schools. Kipwambok won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:38.33, Mugo won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:14.31, and Wolkins highlighted in the javelin with a throw of 214-6. At the Southwestern Relays, Tabor led the men by winning the shot put (49-1 ¾) and the hammer throw (159-8), and Poljansek led the women by winning the shot put (49-7) and the discus (143-3). Also, Bryan Tapia won the discus (154-0) and Tamara McMillan took second in the hammer throw (143-0). “The throwers all had an excellent day at the relays,” Phillips said. “Even Stanley was out there throwing the javelin for us and took third!” Mugo, who is a middle and long distance runner, was playing around with a javelin in practice and Coach Phillips just happened to see it and ended up having him throw at the Southwestern Relays. Surprisingly enough, he took third with a throw of 161-11. With the Region VI/Conference meet under their belts, the Cowley Tiger track and field teams are scheduled to host the limited entry Tiger Last Chance Qualifier today to give those who haven’t one more chance to qualify for the NJCAA National Outdoor Championships, scheduled for May 17-19 at Coffeyville.
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