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  • Columbia College Roundup: Cougars compete in St. Louis over the weekend

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  • St. Louis, Mo. - The Cougar outdoor track team competed in the Washington University Invitational over the weekend. A total of six Columbia runners took part in two events.
    In the women’s 5,000 meter run, freshman Lindsey Martin led four Cougars in the event with a time of 18:29.32, placing 14th in the field of 61 runners. Fellow freshmen Julia Montgomery (18:46.74) and Emily Shultz (18:56.58) qualified for 23rd and 25th respectively. Freshman Julia Collins clocked in at 19:56.17 and came in 47th.
    On the men’s side, freshmen Devin Sander and Cody Gorham were Columbia’s two representatives in the 5,000 meter event. Sander placed 33rd out of 118 participants with a time of 15:31.26, followed by Gorham in 43rd position (15:41.37).
    The Cougars will return to the track on Saturday, April 6th to compete in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Track and Field Championships. The event will take place at the William L. Hairston Track in Fayette, Mo.
    Cougar men finish 2012-13 ranked 5th in nation
    Columbia, Mo. - The Cougar men’s basketball team finished the 2012-13 season with a No. 5 national ranking in the NAIA Postseason Top 25 Poll released earlier today. National Champion Georgetown (Ky.) College earned the No. 1 spot, followed by SAGU (Texas), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), and LSU-Shreveport (La.) in the top five.
    Columbia enjoyed the most successful season in program history during the 2012-13 campaign. The Cougars won a school record 35 games on their way to earning the program’s first ever No. 1 national ranking on January 15th. That was the first of many accomplishments for the squad as Columbia capped off the first undefeated regular season in school history (30-0) with a 74-69 victory at William Woods (Mo.) University on February 23rd. The Cougars followed that up with an American Midwest Conference (AMC) tournament championship victory against Park (Mo.) University on March 5th. At 33-0, Columbia received the NAIA National Tournament’s top overall seed and advanced to the Elite 8 with victories over Oklahoma City University on and Hope International (Calif.) University.
    Senior Jordan Dressler topped the individual honors for the Cougars, taking home AMC Player of the Year honors for the second straight season in addition to being named a first team All-American. Junior guards Derrick Dilworth and Devin Griffin were each selected to the first All-Conference squad and also named to the honorable mention All-American team. Head Coach Bob Burchard won his 600th career game with Columbia on November 14th and was named the AMC and NABC-NAIA National Coach of the Year as well.
    Lady Cougars ranked 16th in postseason poll
    Columbia, Mo. - The Lady Cougar basketball team finished the 2012-13 campaign ranked 16th in the NAIA Postseason Top 25 Poll released earlier today. Westmont (Calif.) College earned the top spot in the rankings after defeating Lee (Tenn.) University for the NAIA women’s national championship.
    Page 2 of 2 - Columbia enjoyed another successful season in 2012-13, finishing with an overall record of 27-7 and making their fifth consecutive trip to the NAIA national tournament. The Lady Cougars took home the American Midwest Conference (AMC) regular season and tournament championships for the second time in three years, posting a 17-1 record in league play. Junior Heather English was named AMC Player of the year for the second straight season after averaging a team-high 15.4 points per game and also earned second team All-American honors as well. Senior Lily Abreu joined English on the First Team All-Conference squad and was named an honorable mention All-American.
    Fellow AMC schools Lyon (Ark.) College and William Woods (Mo.) University also finished the year in the Postseason Poll at 20th and 22nd, respectively.
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