The 2017-2018 Track team
2017-2018 Indoor Track Schedule
|12/9||Crimson & Gold Invitational||Pittsburg State University|
|1/27||Pittsburg State Invitational||Pittsburg State University|
|2/2 – 2/3||Lion Open & Multi||Missouri Southern University|
|2/9 – 2/10||Third Annual Gorilla Classic||Pittsburg State University|
|2/17||Steve Miller Open||Kansas State|
|3/2 – 3/3||NJCAA Nationals Championship||Texas Tech University|
2017-2018 Outdoor Track Schedule
|3/31||Wendy’s/PSU Invitational||Pittsburg State University|
|4/10 – 4/14||K.T Woodman Classic||Wichita State University|
|4/14||10th Annual David Suenram Gorilla Classic||Pittsburg State University|
|4/20||Mule Relays||University of Central Missouri|
|4/27||Bill William/Bob Laptad Invitational||Missouri State Southern University|
|5/17 – 5/19||NJCAA Nationals Championshop||BG Products Sports Complex El Dorado KS|
The 2017 Comets Cross Country Team
Clockwise from top: Sophie Weiss, Christi-Anne Beatty, Keahlani Keene, Rachelle Pyle, Victoria Kehler, Darlina Rose, Jenna Gillund, Maria Huertas, Hannah Cameron
2017 Cross Country Schedule
|9/2||SBU Invitational at Southwest Baptist University||Bolivar, MO||Results|
|9/9||College of the Ozarks Home Meet||Point Lookout, MO||Results|
|10/7||University of Ozarks Invitational||Clarksville, AR||Results|
|10/16||Ollie Isom XC Invitational||Butler CC Wartick farm||Results|
|10/27||NJCAA Regional||Nevada, MO *||Results|
* Frank E Peters Golf Course
|Name||SBU||College of the Ozarks||University of Ozarks||Butler CC||Regional||Nationals|
In the News
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.