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TAMUC Sports

Markeith Brown named TABC Small College Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

COMMERCE­– Texas A&M University-Commerce associate head women’s basketball coach Markeith Brown has been named the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Small College Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year. The award was announced earlier this month by the TABC.

“Coach Brown has been an intricate part of our success the last two years,” said A&M-Commerce women’s basketball head coach Jason Burton. “He is a relentless recruiter, has a passion for making our student-athletes better on and off the floor, and is detailed in his scouts.

“Brown has helped establish a culture of winning, graduating, and family here at A&M-Commerce. He coaches the right way and genuinely cares about our team, staff, and community, and it shows in his work and impact on everyone here. He is truly deserving of this award.”

Brown is entering his third season as an assistant coach for A&M-Commerce. He was part of the coaching staff that helped lead the Lions to their second-best win total in school history during the 2016-17 season. The team finished the season with a 20-9 record.

During his two seasons as assistant coach, the team has had eight All-Lone Star Conference selections, two All-Defensive Team selections, the Freshman of the Year, two conference tournament appearances and a winning percentage of .621. The team also had the highest LSC win total in program history.


Lions qualify 16 events for NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships

A&M-Commerce will send 18 student-athletes to compete in Bradenton, Fla., on May 25-27

INDIANAPOLIS – The Texas A&M University-Commerce will send 18 student-athletes to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla., on May 25-27, as announced by the NCAA Tuesday.

The Lions will send five women and 13 men to compete in 16 events over the three-day Championships.

“Having these many qualifiers on both the men’s and women’s teams is great for our program,” said A&M-Commerce head track & field coach George Pincock. “I feel that we have good chances to earn points in many of these events, and I look forward to an intense week of training as we prepare, followed by great performances in Florida.”

The event begins on Friday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m. when Florian Obst starts the competition in the men’s decathlon. Obst – the Lone Star Conference Field Athlete of the Year – was the LSC decathlon champion and an automatic qualifier for the national meet seeded fourth. Thursday decathlon disciplines are the 100m dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, and 400m dash.

The men’s 4x100m relay team of Malcolm Woods, Reggie Kincade, Isaiah McFail, and Devon Sanders runs its preliminary race at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. This relay has the sixth-best entry mark in the nation at 40.34 seconds.

At 6:20 p.m. Thursday, Gage Bowles will compete in the first of his two events at the Championships, the men’s long jump. Bowles currently has the 10th-best entry mark at 7.55m, which is only 5cm short of the third-ranked jumper.

At 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Dedrian Windham will run in the men’s 400m dash preliminaries. His school record time of 47.28 seconds is the 18th-best entry mark.

The Lions’ first day of competition wraps up with Ashley Bassett running in the women’s 400m hurdles preliminaries at 8:25 p.m. Bassett’s school record time of 59.05 seconds won her the LSC championship and is the sixth-fastest qualifying mark.

Obst completes the decathlon on Friday starting at 9:30 a.m. with the 100m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1,500m run.

Anitial’a Robins competes in the women’s discus throw at 2 p.m. Friday with an entry mark of 48.44m, which is the 19th-best in the nation.

The evening hours Friday will be the Lions’ busiest time of the meet, starting at 4:45 p.m. with Bowles and DeVontae Steele in the men’s triple jump. Bowles is ranked fourth nationally with an entry mark of 15.68m, while Steele is ranked seventh nationally with an entry mark of 15.53m.

At 5:00 p.m., two Lions will participate in the men’s discus throw. Kellon Alexis is ranked fourth nationally in that event with an entry mark of 56.57m, while Joseph Brown is ranked 13th nationally with a mark of 53.39m.

Just five minutes later at 5:05 p.m., Markie Abbott starts her competition in the women’s high jump. She is ranked fifth nationally with a top clearance of 1.76m – only 2cm short of the top mark in the nation.

At 5:50 p.m., two Lions will run in the men’s 200m dash preliminaries. Devon Sanders enters the meet with the 12th-best time in the nation at 20.98 seconds, while Malcolm Woods comes in with the 20th-best time in the nation at 21.13 seconds.

The second day ends with the preliminaries of the men’s 4x400m relay at 8:10 p.m. The Lions’ team of Josiah Dennis, Erick Quiroz, Stadrian Taylor, and Devon Sanders enters the meet with the seventh-fastest time in the nation, winning the LSC Championships with a time of 3:10.96.

Saturday’s action begins with Alexandra VanSickle in the women’s shot put at 1:15 p.m. VanSickle comes into the meet with the 10th-longest qualifying toss of the year at 15.18m.

Jasmine Roberts will compete in the women’s triple jump at 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Her jump of 12.35m is the 19th-best in the nation so far this season.

All Times Eastern

10:30 a.m. Men’s Decathlon Florian Obst
5:45 p.m. Men’s 4x100m Relay Prelims Malcolm Woods, Reggie Kincade, Isaiah McFail, Devon Sanders
6:20 p.m. Men’s Long Jump Gage Bowles
6:40 p.m. Men’s 400m Dash Prelims Dedrian Windham
8:25 p.m. Women’s 400m Hurdles Prelims Ashley Bassett


9:30 a.m. Men’s Decathlon Florian Obst
2 p.m. Women’s Discus Throw Anitial’a Robins
4:45 p.m. Men’s Triple Jump Gage Bowles, DeVontae Steele
5 p.m. Men’s Discus Throw Kellon Alexis, Joseph Brown
5:05 p.m. Women’s High Jump Markie Abbott
5:50 p.m. Men’s 200m Dash Prelims Devon Sanders, Malcolm Woods
8:10 p.m. Men’s 4x400m Relay Prelims Josiah Dennis, Erick Quiroz, Stadrian Taylor, Devon Sanders


1:15 pm. Women’s Shot Put Alexandra VanSickle
4:45 p.m. Women’s Triple Jump Jasmine Roberts
5:20 p.m. Men’s 4x100m Relay Finals * Woods, Kincade, McFail, Sanders
6:25 p.m. Men’s 400m Dash Finals * Windham
7:20 p.m. Women’s 400m Hurdles Finals * Bassett
7:55 p.m. Men’s 200m Dash Finals * Sanders, Woods
9:05 p.m. Men’s 4x400m Relay Finals * Dennis, Quiroz, Taylor, Sanders
*- contingent on qualification through preliminaries