The 2018 Comets Cross Country Team
Clockwise from top: Keahlani Keene, Sophie Weiss, Christi-Anne Beatty, Nina Campos, Hannah Pearson, Nedra Gallegos, Angela Jordan
2018 Cross Country Schedule
|9/14||Viking Invitational at Grand View University||Des Moines, IA||6 out of 7|
|9/29||Cottey College Invitational (5k Women/8K Men) 9 a.m.||Nevada, MO*||3 out of 7|
|10/13||Little Rock Invitational at University of Little Rock Arkansas||Little Rock, AR|
|10/20||NAIA Mid-States Classic at Southwestern College||Winfield, KS|
|10/27||Ozark Christian||Joplin, MO|
* Frank E Peters Golf Course
|Name||Viking Invt.||Cottey Invt.||Little Rock||Mid-States||Ozark Christian|
In the News
Cottey College Invitational
Cottey College Cross Country team hosted their first ever co-ed invitational, turning out to be the largest cross country event in school history. This invitational brought in middle schools, high schools, and several colleges from the surrounding areas and we saw 338 runners altogether. The course ran very fast and saw a lot of personal best. Christi-Anne Beatty (JR, Lakeside, KY) led the Cottey team with an 11th place finish and a personal best time of 21:18. “Christi-Anne ran a great, smart race. After all of the hard work that she has put in and seeing how well she ran this home meet makes it very exciting to see how she finishes up her last year here at Cottey College” said Coach Skiles.
The young Comets got to race against other colleges, the Alumnae team, and the unique opportunity of facing Cottey’s own staff team. “It was exciting to see our young team run against the team from the past and against staff. It was a good feeling to have everyone out there and enjoying themselves“ said Coach Skiles. Hannah Pearson (FR, East Bend, NC) and Nedra Gallegeos (FR, Syracuse, KS) both finished respectively second and third on the Cottey team. “Seeing them run the way they did at this home meet and also running a two minute season best, makes me believe they have a bright future here at Cottey College” said Coach Skiles. The next race for the Comets is at Haskell Indian Nations University on October 6 at 10 am. Results
The Cottey College Comets Cross Country team traveled up to Grandview University for a meet this past Friday night. The team was led by Hannah Pearson (FR, East Bend, NC). The race started at 5:30 p.m. and the temperature at the start was in the mid 80’s, something these young Comets are not used to due practice being held at 6 a.m. every day. Nedra Gallegos (FR, Syracuse, KS) and Nina Campos (FR, Independence, MO) were the second and third finishers on the team. “This is a very young team. I know that this race does not show who we are yet, but with more hard work and continued improvement each week we will get where we need to be by the end of the year. The heat played a major factor in the times we ran and of course there were first ever college race nerves,” stated Coach Tony Skiles. Entering his second year at Cottey College, Coach Skiles looks to use this year to build a foundation for a successful future for the Cross Country team. “I understand we will be going through a lot of growing pains and each growth will lead us to be successful in the long run,” explained Coach Skiles. Rounding out the top was Sophie Weiss (SO, Riverside, CA) and Christi-Anne Beatty (JR, Lakeside, KY). “Christi-Anne is our top returner; however, she is just coming back from a slight injury so I had her do this race as a workout which she executed just beautifully. I am hoping for a healthy race for her in two weeks,” said Coach Skiles. Sophie has improved her time by over two minutes from last year. “I am very happy with Sophie. This is only her second year running in cross country to see her grow and improve is exactly what I love most about coaching,” stated Coach Skiles. The Cross Country Comets next race will be the Cottey College Invitational at Frank E. Peters Golf Course in Nevada, Missouri on September 29th.
Team Finish 6 out of 7
- Hannah Pearson: 23:42
- Nedra Gallegos: 25:01
- Nina Campos : 25:14
- Sophie Weiss: 27:14
- Christi-Anne Beatty: 30:43
Cottey College Invitational at Frank E Peters Golf Course start time 9am
A new era of Cottey Cross Country team started with the hiring of Coach Anthony Skiles. The cross country team began pre-season in August. This is where the first chapter of this era begins. That chapter came to the end on Saturday with Tori Keahler (Jr Vancouver, WA) and Christi-Anne Beatty (Jr Lakeside Park, KY) running at NJCAA National Championship in Fort Dodge, Iowa hosted by Iowa Center College. These young ladies ran against three hundred and nine of the nation’s best runners on a brisk, cold day. “I am proud of both of these young ladies. They gave their all and I could never ask for any better finish to such a great year,” said Coach Skiles. Tori finished this season with a course best time of 19:53. She placed 74th overall. The last time Tori ran this course was two years ago before an injury that took her out for a whole year. “This was the perfect way to end my Cottey Cross Country career on a course that gave me a lot of great memories from the last time I was here,” said Tori. Christi-Anne represented the youth of the Cottey team at Nationals where she ran 22:03 and finished 218th. This was her first time at Nationals and the first time she ran against over three hundred runners. “She held her ground and never gave up and kept on moving forward,” said Coach Skiles. This was a great way to end the first chapter of what looks likes to be a successful program.
Throughout the year, Coach Skiles would set goals with the team for each meet they were to attend. Some of the goals would range from going out hard and hanging in with that group to finishing hard and strong. The team would wake up at 6am every day so they can get to their classes on time. “I know 6am practice or even getting up at 6am is never fun, but the young athletes get there every day, work hard, and that is all I ask of them” said Coach Anthony Skiles.
NJCAA Region 16 Championship
Christi-Anne Beatty and Tori Kehler
At today’s NJCAA Region 16 Championship meet hosted by Cottey College the young Comets had to use everything they had to try and hold off Longview CC. Led by Tori Kehler (SO Vancover WA), the Lady Comets came in second in the race. During the race Christi-Anne Beatty (FR Lakeside Park KY), Sophie Wiess (FR Riverside CA) and Keahlani Keene (SO Acoma Pueblo NM), all ran their season best. “These young ladies have worked so hard to get to where they are at. This was a great start to something special,” said Coach Skiles.
The Comets did have to two athletes Tori and Christi-Anne both place second and third earning an All-Region. They will be representing Cottey College at Nationals on November 11, which is hosted by Iowa Central CC in Fort Dodge Iowa starting at noon. The ladies will take on the best in the nation at the JUCO level.
Tori Kehler 20:08
Christi-Anne Beatty 21:55
Hannah Cameron 24:20
Maria Huertas 26:19
Sophie Weiss 26:53
Keahlani Keene 28:53
Ollie Isom XC Invitational
In our last meet before Region 16 Championship, the Lady Comets headed to Butler Community College, to see where they stand among other JUCO (Junior College) schools. The young squad was without their top runner, Victoria Kehler (JR Vancouver WA). She was resting her for next week’s race. Christi-Anne Beatty (JR Lakeside Park KY) led the team with a season best time of 22:32. “It was nice to see how the team would react without Victoria,” stated Anthony Skiles. The Lady Comets saw some of the best teams in the nations at the JUCO level. “We are young and for us to see where we are ranked against other schools in the same classification, helped direct us in how to improve ourselves,” said Keahlani Keene (SO Acoma Pueblo. Hannah Cameron (SO Twin Falls, ID) worked very hard to finish second on the team with a time of 24:51. “Every race has different ways to test a team and these races really tell us who we are as a team. We have a bright future if we keep up the hard work,” expressed Coach Skiles. Come out and support the Lady Comets when they take on region rivals MCC Longview at Frank E. Peters Golf Course at 5pm on October 27. The race starts at 5pm.
University of the Ozarks Invitational
After coming off three weeks of hard training, Tori Kehler (Jr Vancover WA ) led the Comets to a fifth place finish with a time of 20:06. Tori was top colligate athlete in whole race. “Tori has been working hard to finish her last year at Cottey College on top after being injured last year” says Coach Anthony Skiles. Arkansas Tech, a NCAA Division II, team took home the top team spot. Christ-Anne Beatty (Jr Lakeside Park KY), finished second on the team with a time of 22:57. Followed by Hannah Cameron (So Twin Falls), Maria Huertas (Fr Granada, Spain) and Kehlani Keene (So Acom Pueblo NM) who all ran a season best. “Each week we want to improve from the last race, so when it comes time for championship running, we will be able to run our fastest” expressed Tori. “We have been working very hard, every morning at 6am so we can reach our team goals,” said Coach Skiles. Next meet for the XC Comets of Cottey College is at Butler Community College in Kansas on October 16.
Individual Times at University of the Ozarks
Tori Kehler 20:06
Christi-Anne Beatty 22:57
Hannah Cameron 24:14
Maria Huertas 26:17
Keahlani Keene 29:03
College of the Ozarks Meet
Today, the Lady Comets went down to the College of the Ozarks to take on a course that may be their biggest challenge of the year. The Comets put themselves in the middle of the race so they would have a chance to be successful. Christi-Anne Beatty (Junior, Lakeside, KY) led the Comets through the first mile, but it was Tori Kehler (Junior, Vancouver, WA) who came away with the medal as a top ten finisher. This was her first medal of the year. “We had a goal coming into today’s race to be more aggressive than last week, explained Coach Tony Skiles. They were more aggressive, with everyone on the team coming through at the mile and two mile marker faster than last week. College of the Ozarks walked away as the top team and the Comets finished fourth. “Walking away from a challenging course, with improvement, will give us more confidence for the next race,” said Coach Skiles. The Comets are off until October 7 then they will head to the University of Ozarks.
Today, Cottey College Comets Cross Country team traveled to Southwest Baptist University for a show down against eight NCAA Division II colleges. It took the team a little bit to get going, due to being a less experienced team. Three out of the five runners who finished today have never previously been on a cross country team. Finishing the race was a good sign for things to come. “For their first race in their young career, these ladies held their ground very well. There is still a lot of work to be done before Regional’s, but I know they will to reach the goals we have,” remarked Coach Skiles. Tori Kehler, third year student at Cottey College led the team with a 5k time of 22:02 and finishing 55th overall in the race. “After coming back from not racing in over a year due to injury it was good to see Tori lead the team and finish strong,” said Coach Anthony Skiles. Finishing behind Tori was Christi-Anne Beatty. Christi-Anne was with Tori for most of the race until Tori pulled away right at the end “I am proud of every one of them for waking up at 6 am for practice and racing after only two weeks of training. This was a ‘big boy’ race for them and they did not give up,” cited Coach Skiles. Next the Comets will head down to College of the Ozarks to square off against some NAIA teams.
The 2017-2018 Track team
2017-2018 Indoor Track Schedule
|12/9||Crimson & Gold Invitational||Pittsburg State University|
|1/25 – 1/26||UCM Relays||University of Central Missouri|
|2/2 – 2/3||Lion Open & Multi||Missouri Southern University|
|2/10||Third Annual Gorilla Classic||Pittsburg State University|
|3/2 – 3/3||NJCAA Nationals Championship||Texas Tech University|
2017-2018 Outdoor Track Schedule
|3/31||Baker Relays||Baker University|
|4/14||Darrel Gourley Open||William Jewell University|
|4/20||Mule Relays||University of Central Missouri|
|4/27||Bill William/Bob Laptad Invitational||Missouri Southern State University|
|4/28||Zach Kindler Invitational||Baker University|
|5/17 – 5/19||NJCAA Nationals Championship||BG Products Sports Complex El Dorado KS|
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With the outdoor track season winding down, the Comets traveled up to William Jewell College on a windy, cold, and somewhat rainy day. Dawn Wood (SO, Eldon, MO) led the field events starting with shot put. Dawn threw 7.84 meter, just .02 off her season best. “Dawn has been working hard to get where she is at after ending last year with an injury”, said Coach Tony Skiles. Dawn’s second event left her with a school record in javelin. Even with the wind hurting the chance to throw further, her best mark of the day was 17.95 meters. “Being her first time to throw javelin, she has a lot of room to grow”, said Coach Skiles. Christi-Anne Beatty (FR Lakeside Park, KY) led the team on the track. Christi-Anne ran her first 5k and finished with a time of 22:18. “With one mile left, she was on pace to breaking the school record, but with this being her first time running a 5k on the track, we found where she can improve and I know she has the talent to make the record hers” said Coach Skiles. The Comets head back to the track on April 20th at the Mule Relays hosted by University of Central Missouri.
Lion Open & Multi
At Missouri Southern State University, the Comets saw two records fall. Logan Lamb (SO Sheldon, MO) saw a collegiate career and record best throw in shot put with a throw of 9.41 meter (30’10.25’’) and Sophie Weiss (FR Riverside, CA) improved on her previous record in the 600 yards by two seconds with a time of 1:57.50. “Both young ladies have been working hard to get to this point. Logan improved on her own record and best season and I am excited to see how she can keep on improving her throw. For Sophie, it is just amazing to see her blossom into a hard working athlete and great team mate that others can look up too”, said Coach Tony Skiles.
The Comets had three athletes that competed at this meet, Dawn Wood (SO Eldon, MO), Tori Kehler (JR Vancouver, WA) and Keahlani Keene (SO Acoma Pueblo, NM). Dawn finished 22nd overall with a throw of 7.67 meter (25’2’’) Keahlani made her indoor track debut in the 600 yards with a time of 2:03 finishing 17th overall. Tori ran the mile and finished with a time of 5:45 and 14th overall. “Looking at what the team did last year and comparing it to this year, we are ahead of last year’s team and have much more to give only being one month into the season,” said Coach Skiles” The Comets will compete one more time in indoor track at Pittsburg State University on February 10th before taking a month off of racing and training hard until their first outdoor race at Baker University on March 31.
|Logan Lamb||Shot Put||9.41 meter (30’10.25’’)|
|Dawn Wood||Shot Put||7.67 meter (25’2’’)|
|Sophie Weiss||600 Yard||1:57.50|
|Keahlani Keene||600 Yard||2:03|
The Comets of Cottey College, headed up to the University of Central Missouri on Friday Night to take on some of the top teams in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division 2 Conference). The night was full of school records falling, seasonal, personal best being set, and a top three finisher. The evening started off with a trio of throwers. Logan Lamb (SO Sheldon, MO) lead the throwers in shot put with a throw of 28’6” and placing 14th overall. Dawn Woods (SO Eldon, MO) and Juliee Alden (SO Tucumcari, NM) both had season best throws. Dawn improved by two feet eight inches with a throw of 25’9.5” that placed her 16th overall. This, being Juliee’s very first track meet, she threw 22’7” placing 17th overall. “This was a great start to the 2018 campaign. Our goal is to improve each and every meet we attend. We have a lot of time left in the season to see improvements and this is a great start,” said Coach Tony Skiles
On the track just like the throwers, the runners had an excellent performance. Tori Kehler (SO Vancouver, WA) led the running events with a 3rd place finish in the 3000 meter with a time of 11:34. “Coming off of being sick for a week, Tori picked up right where she finished in her outstanding cross country season,” said Coach Skiles. Two athletes, new to running events, were on the track for Cottey College, Sophie Weiss (FR Riverside, CA) and Abigail Reyes Santiago (FR Portland OR). Both athletes have performed in other events for Coach Skiles in the past (Abigail, shot put) and (Sophie, Cross Country), but Friday marks their debut on the track as runners. Abigail set two school records in the 60 meter (10.22 sec, 21st overall) and in the 200 meters (35.64, 17th overall). “Abigail is still learning, and it’s very encouraging to see her improve and grow,” said Coach Skiles. Sophie coming off her first cross country, made her debut on the track in the 600 meter (1:59 7th overall). “Sophie was a high jumper in high school and is converting into a distance runner. She ran a very smart and even race. It was a great start to her young running career,” said Coach Skiles
“Overall, the team gave everything they had and that is the best you ask you’re your athletes. Especially with the athletes who never done track before they really held their ground. We have a saying on the team, ‘Rip the Brand-Aid off’ and that is exactly what we did last night,” said Coach Skiles. The Comets will be headed down to Joplin, next Saturday to the Lion Open at Missouri Southern State University. The meet starts with the throwing events at 10:30 am and the track events starting at 3:40pm.
|Abigail Reyes Santiago||35.64|
|Abigail Reyes Santiago||10.22|
|Juliee Alden||6.88m 22-07|
|Logan Lamb||8.70m 28-06.50|
|Dawn Woods||7.86m 25-09.50|
Since the beginning of October the track team has been training and working hard. They wake up at 6am for workouts and then come back at 6pm to lift. With the beginning of December comes a new indoor track season. Today, the Comets went down to Pittsburg State University for the Crimson & Gold Invitational. There was history made on track with Bianca Mendoza (Freshman Chicago Heights, IL) and Daisy Chavez (Freshman Chicago Heights, IL) running in the 300 meter race. They were the first sprinters to cross the finish line in Cottey College history. “Since the beginning of October, both Bianca and Daisy have worked very hard. They show a lot of promise. I am very excited to see both of these young ladies to continue their growth,” said Coach Anthony Skiles. On the field Logan Lamb (Sophomore Sheldon, MO) led the throwers with the top throw of day at 8.75(28’8.5”). “This year, we are doing things a lot different than what the throwers practiced in previous years. So it is an adjustment period. So the plan for them is just to get better with every throw and meet we go to,” said Coach Skiles. The host Pittsburg State University is currently ranked number one in NCAA Division II on the women’s side. “This young team got to see some of the best NCAA Division II team in the national. Knowing that, we saw where we stand against them and the direction we can go if we continue to work hard,” said Coach Skiles. The next meet for the Comets will be after winter break at the University Central Missouri on January 25, 2018.
|Logan Lamb||8.75m 28-08.50|
|Dawn Wood||7.04m 23.01.25|