A former Shawnee athlete recently got a taste of postseason collegiate action as her softball team finished fifth in the NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship in Normal, Ill.

Kristen Janway, a 2008 graduate of Shawnee High School, competed with the Cowley County (Kan.) Community College Tigers as they tied for fifth with Iowa Central and completed a 52-7 season. That campaign, according to CCCC’s web site, was one victory short of the school record for most wins in a season.


A former Shawnee athlete recently got a taste of postseason collegiate action as her softball team finished fifth in the NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship in Normal, Ill.
Kristen Janway, a 2008 graduate of Shawnee High School, competed with the Cowley County (Kan.) Community College Tigers as they tied for fifth with Iowa Central and completed a 52-7 season. That campaign, according to CCCC’s web site, was one victory short of the school record for most wins in a season.
“It was really overwhelming at first, but it was really neat,” Janway said of the tournament experience.
Janway was a four-year starter in fast-pitch for Shawnee High School. She played at third base her freshman and sophomore years, and served as catcher her junior and senior years.
She served as right fielder for Cowley County this season.
Cowley County softball coach Ed Hargrove praised Janway’s performance and contribution to the team. Originally billed to vie for the starting catcher’s position, Janway quickly proved her worth as a slugger, he said.
“She started hitting so well, I switched her to right field” to keep her in the regular batting lineup, Hargrove said. “She was one of our most consistent hitters all year.”
Janway finished the campaign with a .397 batting average, and the third-highest number of season home runs at nine. She drove in more than 50 runs during the season, Hargrove said.
Hargrove said Janway surprised him as a freshman, and he is excited to have her returning next season.
“She’s the one we’re going to kind of build our offense around,” he said. “I really expect a lot out of her.”
Janway, a pre-physical therapy major, is anxious for next season. She said her favorite part of playing softball is “the competition,” and she chose Cowley County because of the team’s success over the years.
The Tigers’ combined record for the past two seasons in 94-17.
Janway will be joined by fellow returning starters Ali Nittler, Sarah Hocker, Taylor Cantillon and Alysha Poteat.
Cowley County Community College is located in Arkansas City, Kan.