Here’s what happened last week in Columbia College sports.

Cross country

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams finished first in the American Midwest Conference Championship meet, earning bids to the NAIA championships. Cris Renteria finished the men’s race in first place, as did Lindsey Martin in the women’s race. Eight runners were awarded first team all-conference honors. Martin and Tommy Skosky were named AMC Cross Country Runners of the Year. Coach Tim Cornell received the AMC Coach of the Year award for both the men’s and women’s teams.

“Columbia College cross-country teams earn bid to NAIA Championships”Columbia Missourian

Women’s basketball

Women's basketball

Courtesy of the Columbia Missourian

Basketball season has begun! The women’s basketball team started their first season with Coach Jessica Keller, who joined the program about five months ago. They won their first game over Central Christian College in a blowout of 103-27. A few days later, they defeated Bethel College 69-57, but a few days after that lost to University of the Cumberlands.

“Columbia College women’s basketball looks to continue success under new coach”Columbia Missourian
“Columbia College women’s basketball picks up the pace in season opener”Columbia Missourian
“Columbia College women dominate in opener”Columbia Daily Tribune
“CC women getting a new perspective”Columbia Daily Tribune
“Columbia College women’s basketball team overcomes shooting funk, defeats Bethel”Columbia Missourian
“Columbia College women’s basketball offensive woes loom large in loss”Columbia Missourian

Men’s basketball

Men's basketball

Courtesy of the Columbia Missourian

The No. 7-ranked men’s basketball team started their season strong with a 70-52 win over Central Methodist University. While the team, which has won four straight AMC championships, does not yet have a “breakout star,” the core of the team provides a solid foundation. A few days later, the team went on to defeat Concordia Seminary College 100-36, and then won against Graceland University 91-65.

“Columbia College men’s basketball team slams Central Methodist in opener”Columbia Missourian
“Columbia College men waiting for newest breakout star”Columbia Daily Tribune
“Columbia College men’s basketball leans on bench during blowout victory”Columbia Missourian
“Rockers ignites Columbia College men’s basketball in victory over Graceland”Columbia Missourian

Soccer

Tori Magaletta

Courtesy of the Columbia Missourian

Two sisters, one at Columbia College and the other at the University of Missouri, have a special relationship because of their love for soccer. In the women’s soccer team’s first AMC tournament match this season, the team defeated Lindenwood University-Belleville 6-0. The men’s team also won this season’s first AMC tournament match against Williams Baptist College.

“From opposite sides of Columbia, the Magaletta sisters share a soccer bond”Columbia Missourian
“Columbia College women’s soccer uses second-half adjustments to get first round tournament win”Columbia Missourian
“Columbia College men win big in conference tournament opener”Columbia Missourian
“Cougars unleash firepower”Columbia Daily Tribune

Volleyball

The volleyball team is gearing up for the AMC tournament, which starts tomorrow. Three players have recovered from their injuries and are headed into the postseason strong. The team is currently ranked at No. 8 on the NAIA Top 25 Poll.

“Columbia College volleyball remains No. 8 in NAIA”Columbia Missourian
“Columbia College volleyball heads into postseason at full strength”Columbia Missourian