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Women’s Golf  Josh Manck

Wongsinth’s runner-up finish pushes Lions to third at Palm Valley Classic.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team moved up to third place in the final leaderboard at the RJGA Palm Valley Classic, thanks to an individual runner-up finish. 

The Lions completed the 36-hole tournament with a score of 15-over par 591 (301-290), dropping 11 strokes from their first-round score. Point Loma won the tournament at 581. 

Sarah Wongsinth (Udon Thani, Thailand) claimed individual runner-up honors at 1-under par 143 (70-73), only one stroke back of Point Loma’s Nicola Kaminski. It is her second top-five of the season and third top 10. She has earned 10 top five spots and 16 top 10 placements in her 21 tournaments as a Lion. In Saturday’s round, she carded three birdies. She led the tournament in par five, scoring at 4-under par. 

Sophie-Charlott Hempel (Pirmasens, Germany) placed 14th at 4-over par 148, shooting 74 in each round. 

Karlee Nichols (Smithson Valley) and Inma Ortiz Prieto (Huelva, Spain) tied for 20th on the leaderboard at 6-over par 150. Nichols was the top Lion on Saturday, scoring a 1-under par 71 with five birdies, and Ortiz Prieto shot even par on the day with four birdies. Nichols led the tournament in par three, scoring at 2-under. 

Michelle Becker (San Antonio – Reagan) closed out the tournament at 4-over par 76 with three birdies, placing 44th at 156. 

After a day off Sunday, the Lions will close out the regular season on Monday and Tuesday at the West Texas A&M Desert Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., at the Lodge at Ventana Canyon.

 Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
1.  Point Loma  297  285  582   +6
2.  Oklahoma Christian  300  288  588   +12
3.  A&M-Commerce   301  290  591   +15
4.  West Texas A&M  297  295  592   +16
5.  UT Tyler  294  308  602   +26
6.  Cameron  306  302  608   +32
7.  Westminster  305  305  610   +34
8.  Colorado Mesa  308  304  612   +36
 Western Washington  301  311  612   +36
10.  Biola  304  309  613   +37
 Colorado Christian  307  306  613   +37
12.  Chadron State  314  311  625   +49
13.  Colorado-Colorado Springs  314  316  630   +54
14.  Western N.M.  320  311  631   +55
15.  Montana State-Billings  317  315  632   +56
16.  MSU Denver  321  315  636   +60
17.  Fort Lewis  330  324  654   +78
18.  Northwest Nazarene  326  329  655   +79
19.  St. Martin’s  325  333  658   +82
20.  Hawai’i-Hilo  342  321  663   +87

 

A&M-Commerce 301 290   591    +15   3rd
Sarah Wongsinth 70 73   143    -1   2nd
Sophie-Charlott Hempel 74 74   148    +4   t-14th
Karlee Nichols 79 71   150    +6   t-20th
Inma Ortiz Prieto 78 72   150    +6   t-20th
Michelle Becker 80 76   156    +12   t-44th

Early second-half goals push third-seed Lions to a 3-0 win over sixth-seed Oklahoma Christian in LSC Tournament opening round.

COMMERCE – A pair of early second-half goals boosted the third-seed Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team to a 3-0 win over sixth-seed Oklahoma Christian in the opening round Lone Star Conference Women’s Soccer Championship on Saturday afternoon. 

The Lions are now 4-2-0 on the season and advance to the LSC quarterfinals against either West Texas A&M or Texas Woman’s University on Tuesday. Oklahoma Christian’s season ends at 1-7-2. 

HEAD COACH NEIL PIPER AFTER THE MATCH 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– The Lions dominated the possession and quality opportunities throughout the match, outshooting OC 18-2 and allowing no shots on goal. Jen Peters (Allen) earned the shutout in goal. A&M-Commerce also had 13 corner kicks to the Eagles’ two.

– Leslie Campuzano (Garland – Lakeview Centennial) scored her fifth goal of the season and passed out an assist.

– Katie Givens (Rockwall) and Skylar Sorrell (Monroe, La.) each had goals. Gracie Spradley (Burleson – Centennial) assisted on a goal. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Lions immediately pressured the Eagles out of the gate, forcing two saves in the first five minutes. The match settled down as the Lions missed out on opportunities throughout the scoreless first half, despite earning six corners and holding a 7-1 shot advantage in the half. 

Out of the halftime break, the Lions quickly won a corner kick in the 46th minute when OC goalkeeper Gabby Goddard saved a great shot by Melissa Storey (Tyne and Wear, England). Campuzano sent the corner in with her left foot, finding an unmarked Givens, uncontested as she headed in the match’s first goal. 

Just seconds after the restart, the Lions earned another corner kick. Spradley played it short to Campuzano, who rifled the shot into the back of the net at the far post, giving the Lions the 2-0 lead in the 48th minute. 

In the 75th minute, Sorrell collected the ball about 40 yards from a goal off an OC goal kick, then dribbled through four defenders. She put the result beyond all doubt with a top-shelf goal for a 3-0 lead. 

OC’s Goddard made four close-range saves over eight minutes, keeping the Lions from further extending their lead.

 

Lions continue improvement in outdoor season at David Noble Relays.

SAN ANGELO – The nationally-rated Texas A&M University-Commerce’s track and field teams put up numerous national qualifying marks and school records at the David Noble Relays on Friday. 

“Today was another step in the right direction for both our women’s and men’s teams. We’ve talked all year long about we are very good, but have to continue to get better and not just be a team with potential – we have to act on that,” said Lion head coach George Pincock. “There were a lot of PRs and a lot of season bests throughout the team. The sprints and throws were awesome today, but at the same time, every group had a great day.” 

Josh Boateng (St. George’s, Grenada) set the nation’s top mark in the discus throw at 60.04 meters (197′ 0″) for automatic qualification to the national meet. This mark ranks 28th in the world this season and fifth in all collegiate ranks this season. It is his third-best mark as a collegian. 

Candesha Scott (St. Lucia) set the school record and nation’s top mark in the women’s javelin throw at 47.94 meters (157′ 3″). It is a provisional qualifying mark for the national meet. 

Hailey Wanoreck (Hamshire-Fannett) improved on her school record in the women’s hammer throw at 58.06 meters (190′ 6″). It improves on her ranking of third in the nation and breaks her record, which stood since 2018. 

Delan Edwin (St. Lucia) and Malcolm Woods (Sachse) earned a provisional qualifying time in the men’s 100-meter dash. Edwin’s time of 10.38 seconds ranks third in the nation, and Woods’ 10.51 is sixth. 

Dorian Andrews (Dallas – Skyline) picked up a provisional qualifying time which ranks fourth in the nation in the men’s 110-meter hurdles at 14.10 seconds, only four one-hundredths of a second off of the school record, which has stood since 1985. 

The men’s 4×100 meter relay team of Woods, Edwin, Jordan Hollis, and Andre Norman moved up to fifth in the nation with a time of 40.80 seconds. 

Trayveon Franklin (Montgomery) was the winner of the men’s triple jump at 14.61 meters (47′ 11 ¼”). 

The Lions host the East Texas Invitational a week from Saturday on April 10. Not yet published are the full results for the Noble Relays.

Wongsinth in second, Lions in fifth after opening round at Palm Valley Classic

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team is in fifth place on the team leaderboard following the opening round of the RJGA Palm Valley Classic on Friday afternoon. 

The Lions shot a 13-over par 301, are tied with Western Washington, and are one of four teams rated in the top 20 nationally ranked in the top five of this event. UT Tyler leads at 294, with West Texas A&M and Point Loma in second at 297 and Oklahoma Christian in fourth at 300. 

Sarah Wongsinth (Udon Thani, Thailand) is second on the individual leaderboard with a 2-under par 70. She heads three birdies and one bogey, closing out the round with seven straight pars. 

Sophie-Charlott Hempel (Pirmasens, Germany) is in 12th place at 2-over par 74, also notching three birdies in her round. 

Inma Ortiz Prieto (Huelva, Spain) carded a 6-over par 78, Karlee Nichols (Smithson Valley) scored a 7-over par 79, and Michelle Becker (San Antonio – Reagan) scored an 8-over par 80. 

The event concludes with 18 holes on Saturday.

Rank Team Total Par
1. UT Tyler 294 +6
2. Point Loma 297 +9
West Texas A&M 297 +9
4. Oklahoma Christian 300 +12
5. A&M-Commerce 301 +13
Western Washington 301 +13
7. Biola 304 +16
8. Westminster 305 +17
9. Cameron 306 +18
10. Colorado Christian 307 +19
11. Colorado Mesa 308 +20
12. Chadron State 314 +26
Colorado-Colorado Springs 314 +26
14. Montana State-Billings 317 +29
15. Western N.M. 320 +32
16. MSU Denver 321 +33
17. St. Martin’s 325 +37
18. Northwest Nazarene 326 +38
19. Fort Lewis 330 +42
20. Hawai’i-Hilo 339 +51

 

Tex. A&M-Commerce 301 +13 t-5th
Sarah Wongsinth 70 -2 2nd
Sophie-Charlott Hempel 74 +2 t-12th
Inma Ortiz Prieto 78 +6 t-39th
Karlee Nichols 79 +7 t-52nd
Michelle Becker 80 +8 t-66th