Three Cougars earn NAIA All-American Honors, Jordan Dressler named to First Team

Kansas City, Mo. - The Cougar men’s basketball team placed three players on the NAIA Division I All-American squad released earlier today. Senior Jordan Dressler was one of 10 players selected to the First Team, while juniors Derrick Dilworth and Devin Griffin received Honorable Mention accolades.

Dressler, the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Player of the Year for the second season in a row, averaged a team-best 13.9 points and 7.4 rebounds while starting all 36 games during his senior campaign. The Columbia native was named to the NAIA All-Tournament team after averaging 21.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest in the Cougars’ three national tournament games. Jordan finished his career in third place on Columbia’s all-time rebounding list (736) and tenth in scoring (1,233). He is just the second player in program history to be named a First Team All-American (Khamari Ballard, 2003-04).

Dilworth, a junior transfer from Moberly Area Community College, averaged 11.1 points during the season and was named the AMC Newcomer of the Year after starting all 36 games as well for the Cougars. Griffin was Columbia’s second-leading scorer at 12.8 points per game and led the team with 136 assists on the season, joining Dressler and Dilworth on the First Team All-Conference squad. Both Dilworth and Griffin will return for their season seasons next fall.

The Cougars enjoyed a historic season in 2012-13, winning a school-record 35 games and earning its first ever No. 1 national ranking. Columbia went undefeated during the regular season for the first time in program history and won the AMC tournament championship for the second year in a row. The Cougars advanced to the quarterfinals of the national tournament with a record of 35-0 before falling to LSU-Shreveport (La.).

English named a Second Team All-American, Abreu earns Honorable Mention

Kansas City, Mo. - The Columbia Lady Cougar basketball team had two players selected to the NAIA Division I All-American team released earlier today. Columbia was represented by junior Heather English on the second team, while senior transfer Lily Abreu was named to the honorable mention squad.

English, a third team selection last season, was the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Player of the Year for the second straight season. The Boonville, Mo. native averaged a team-high 15.4 points per game and led the AMC in steals with 96, tenth-best in the NAIA. She is just the second player in program history to be named a second team All-American, joining Charliss Ridley (2003-04, 2004-05).

Abreu, a senior transfer from Arkansas Tech University, was second on the team at 15.1 points per game during the season and was named to the first team all-conference squad in her only year with the Lady Cougars. She scored a season-high 34 points at Missouri Baptist University on February 14th and also had a team-high 28 points in Columbia’s AMC Championship victory over William Woods (Mo.) University on March 4th.

The duo helped lead the Lady Cougars to 27 victories and their fifth consecutive trip to the NAIA national tournament after winning the AMC regular season and tournament championships.

Men’s golf takes third at Quinsippi Invitational

Quincy, Ill. - The Columbia men’s golf team placed third on Monday at the Quinsippi Invitational hosted by Culver-Stockton (Mo.) College. The Cougars completed the one-day event with a total score of 631 (319-312), finishing 18 strokes behind first place Quincy University (Ill.) University.

Sophomore Hunter Parrish carded a two-day score of 150 (75-75, +10) to finish in a tie for second place overall. Junior Logan Murphy (83-75, +18) and freshman Mike Wilson (78-80, +18) qualified for eighth individually with a total score of 158. Freshman Erik Peyton tied for 16th with a 168 (86-82, +28), and fellow freshman Levi Elder rounded out the scoring for Columbia with a two-day score of 174 (83-91, +34).

The Cougars will be back on the course on Monday, March 25th and Tuesday, March 26th to take part in the Evangel Spring Invitational in Springfield, Mo.

Cougar outdoor track runs in Missouri Invitational

Columbia, Mo. - The Cougar outdoor track teams took part in the Missouri Invitational on Saturday, with three runners participating in the 1,500 meter event.

Freshman Julia Montgomery placed 16th in the women’s 1,500 meter run, running in a time of 5:05.25.

On the men’s side, freshman Devin Sander came in 19th overall with a time of 4:07.28. Fellow freshman Jordan Andrews followed him in 41st position in a time of 4:29.52.

Columbia will return to the track for the Washington University Invitational on Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th. The event will take place at the Bushyhead Track in St. Louis, Mo.