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Lion men earn third straight Lone Star Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship; Women achieve program best in third

ALAMOSA, Colo. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s indoor track & field team won its third consecutive Lone Star Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship at the High Altitude Training Center on Sunday. On the women’s side, A&M-Commerce earned its best indoor finish in program history at third place.

The Lions now await the announcement of the field for the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship, which will be posted by the NCAA on February 28. The Championship will take place at the Birmingham (Ala.) CrossPlex on March 9-11.


“Coming into this weekend, we were excited,” said A&M-Commerce Head Track & Field Coach George Pincock. “On paper, our men scored out to be conference champions, and our women scored out to be third, which is what we did. I’m happy with the group. They came out and out-performed what they thought they had done. We’re going to leave Alamosa, I’m going to have a big smile on my face, and I look forward to what we can do outdoors.”

MEN (LSC Champions, 210 points)
The Lions closed out their third straight LSC Indoor Championship in style, winning the 4x400m relay by nearly four seconds on the way to a dominant team performance. The team of Llewellyn Woodburn, Aaron Lecesne, Josiah Dennis, and Dedrian Windham put the caps on the trophy-winning day with a time of 3:16.78.

Luis Romero won two events and finished second in a third, while also running on Saturday’s Gold Medal distance medley relay team. He won the 800 meters (1:57.56), the mile (4:22.64), and was the silver medalist in the 3,000 meters (9:06.13).

Florian Obst won the heptathlon on Sunday with a total of 5,061 points to go with his silver medal from Saturday’s pole vault competition.

Isaiah McFail set a new school record in the 60 meters with a time of 6.80, which was good for fifth place.

DeVontae Steele and Gage Bowles excelled in the triple jump once again, with Steele earning the silver medal at 15.50m, and Bowles taking bronze at 15.31m.

Joseph Brown earned the bronze medal in the shot put with a heft of 16.20m, while Kellon Alexis finished fifth at 15.70m, and Armani Smith was seventh at 15.45m.

The mile and 800 meters were exceptionally stout for the Lions, with four point earners in those races. In addition to Romero’s golds in both races, Austin Yaeger (4:35.27) finished third, Turner Pool (4:40.29) was sixth, and Luis Osornio (4:43.19) was eighth in the mile.

In the 800 meters, Yaeger (1:58.94) was third, Matthew Brown (2:01.65) was fifth, and Osornio (2:02.04) was seventh.

In the 3,000 meters, Elliot Martynkiewicz came in third place at 9:07.97. In the 200 meters, Malcolm Woods (21.96) was sixth, and Devon Sanders (22.09) was seventh.

1. A&M-Commerce – 210
2. A&M-Kingsville – 113.5
3. Angelo State – 107.5
4. West Texas A&M – 94
5. Eastern New Mexico – 69
6. Tarleton State – 49
7. Lubbock Christian – 17

WOMEN (Third Place, 120.5 points)
The Lions picked up the program’s top LSC Indoor Championship finish regarding both placement and points with another day full of strong performances.

The 4×400 meter relay team of Kamryn McKee, Verlencia Shaw, Ana Baleveicau, and Ashley Bassett earned the gold medal in the day’s final event, winning the race with a time of 3:54.27.

Markie Abbott picked up the silver medal in the high jump, tying her school record of 1.71m. Jasmine Roberts placed fifth in the triple jump with a new school record of 12.04m, while Selasie Koto placed seventh at 11.69m, and Mackenzie Clark placed eighth at 11.62m.

Alexandra VanSickle earned the silver medal in the shot put at 14.25m, while Hailey Wanoreck was eighth at 12.75m.

Bassett finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a new school record time of 8.78 seconds, while Chelsea Cheek was sixth at 8.89 seconds.

McKee earned the silver medal in the 400 meters at 57.31 seconds, while Shaw was fourth at 58.40 seconds, and Bassett earned eighth at 1:00.18.

Ashlynn Giles placed fourth in the 60 meters with a new school record time of 7.57 seconds, while Clark also eclipsed the previous record in sixth place at 7.74 seconds.

Maiya Collins placed seventh in the 800 meters at 2:28.85. The 200 meters saw three Lions pick up points as Giles was fifth at 25.10, McKee was sixth at 25.10, and Shaw was eighth at 25.66.

1. West Texas A&M – 159.5
2. Angelo State – 146.5
3. A&M-Commerce – 120.5
4. A&M-Kingsville – 78.5
5. Eastern New Mexico – 53
6. Tarleton State – 43
7. Midwestern State – 36
8. Lubbock Christian – 19

Lion men hold commanding lead, women in second after the first day of LSC Indoor Track & Field Championship

ALAMOSA, Colo. – After the first day of the Lone Star Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship, the Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s team holds a commanding lead in first place, while the Lion women are currently tied for second place.

The championship meet wraps up on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. MST at the Adams State High Altitude Training Center.

You can find the LSC Championship Central here.


MEN (First place, 79 points)
Four event wins, and a podium sweep highlighted the first day for the Lion men, who are now in a commanding position for a third straight LSC Indoor title.

The men’s weight throw was dominant, as the Lions picked up first, second, third, and sixth places, good for 27 points in that event alone. Chase Graham earned the LSC championship with a toss of 18.62m, setting a new facility record. Kellon Alexis tied his personal best and Grenadian national record with a toss of 18.01m for second place. Joseph Brown earned third place with a toss of 17.89m, earning an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and setting a new personal best by 1.37m. Kenneth Adams’ toss of 15.16m earned sixth place.

The Lions also took the top two places in the pole vault, as Colin Millsap won the gold medal in a tiebreaker over teammate Florian Obst. The pair both cleared 4.77m, with Millsap making that height one jump before Obst. Both improved their NCAA provisional qualifying marks with personal bests. Robert Wood finished in seventh place to earn two points at 4.52m.

Elliot Martynkiewicz took the gold medal in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:39.2.

The distance medley relay team also took the gold medal, as Matthew Brown, Erick Quiroz, Steven Martinez, and Luis Romero won the race with a time of 10:58.08.

Gage Bowles took second place in the long jump with school record jump of 7.41m. DeVontae Steele earned fifth place at 7.04m.

In the first day of the heptathlon, the Lions hold the top two spots with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, and 1,000 meters remaining on Sunday. Obst leads the event with 2,896 points, with Wood in second at 2,779 points.

There are plenty of points still to come for the Lions, as nine runners have advanced to Sunday’s finals.
– 60 meters: Isaiah McFail (6.72, new school record, beat prior LSC record)
– 200 meters: Malcolm Woods, Devon Sanders
– 400 meters: Dedrian Windham, Llewellyn Woodburn
– 800 meters: Luis Romero, Matthew Brown, Austin Yaeger, Luis Osornio

1. A&M-Commerce – 79
2. West Texas A&M – 38
3. A&M-Kingsville – 36.5
4. Angelo State – 29.5
5. Eastern New Mexico – 20
6. Tarleton State – 18
7. Lubbock Christian – 12

WOMEN (Tied 2nd, 42 points)
The Lions placed two pole vaulters on the podium, as Kylie Ferguson earned second place and Maggie Waites placed third. Both vaulters cleared 3.46m to establish a new school record. Ferguson earned the second place spot due to fewer vaults needed to clear her top height. The duo picked up 14 of the Lions’ 42 first day points. Kati Culpepper also picked up two points with a seventh-place finish at 3.16m.

Chelsea Cheek set a new school record in the pentathlon, earning 3,279 points for fifth place and four team points. Shanecia Baker also earned two points for the Lions in seventh place at 3,252 points.

Anitial’a Robins made the podium in the women’s weight throw with a toss of 16.23m to finish third. Alexandra VanSickle finished fifth at 15.50m, and Hailey Wanoreck was sixth at 15.43m. The trio earned 13 points in this event.

Brandi Stalder picked up four points for her fifth place finish in the women’s 5,000 meters, with a time of 20:33.48. The women’s distance medley relay squad of Maiya Collins, Sarah Hogan, Shanecia Baker, and Jasmine Amo earned three points with a sixth-place finish at 14:07.31.

In the running preliminaries, 11 Lions advanced to Sunday’s finals, where they will add to the team’s point total.
– 60 meters: Mackenzie Clark, Ashlynn Giles
– 200 meters: Ashlynn Giles, Kamryn McKee, Verlencia Shaw
– 400 meters: Kamryn McKee, Verlencia Shaw, Ashley Bassett
– 800 meters: Maiya Collins
– 60 meters hurdles: Ashley Bassett, Chelsea Cheek

1. Angelo State – 75
2. A&M-Commerce – 42
2. West Texas A&M – 42
4. A&M-Kingsville – 21
5. Tarleton State – 18
6. Midwestern State – 14
7. Eastern New Mexico – 12
8. Lubbock Christian – 9

Josh Manck

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Lions split Saturday doubleheader against Tarleton State, take weekend series 2-1 — LINK

STEPHENVILLE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team split a doubleheader against Tarleton State University on Saturday afternoon. The Lions won the first game 7-5 but lost the second game 3-2 on a walk-off single in extra innings.

The Lions are now 10-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Lone Star Conference. The Texanns are 8-6 and 1-2 in conference play.

The Lions next have their home opener as they host St. Mary’s University for a doubleheader on Saturday. The games will begin at 1 and 3 p.m. at the John Cain Family Softball Complex in Commerce.

– Mariah Jameyson went 2-for-5 on the day with three runs scored and four runs batted in. She had a three-run homer in game one to give the Lions the lead for good.
– Johnna Sturm got her first homer of the year as she smacked a pitch over the left-field fence in the third inning of the first game. She finished the day 2-of-4 with three RBIs.
– Katie Dean picked up a save in the first game and was the losing pitcher in the second match. Selena Rima was the winning pitcher in the first.
– Baylea Higgs scored two runs and Ciera Nunez, Kinsie Hebler, and Precious Thompson each crossed the plate once. Chealsea Slider also had a RBI for the Lions.
– The Lions struck out six times and struck out opposing batters three times.
– The Lions stole eight bases and were not caught stealing.
– TSU had four errors, two in each game. The Lions had just one error, in the opener.
– The Texanns combined for 19 hits while the Lions had 12 hits.

The Lions started the game with three consecutive groundouts in the left side of the infield. In the bottom of the first, the Texanns jumped on the board quickly. After a groundout by the leadoff hitter, TSU had its second batter reach base on an infield single. Amanda Conner then came to the plate and belted a pitch over the fence in left field to score two runs. The next batter hit a double, but the Lion defense took over and got the next two outs to get out of the first inning trailing 2-0.

The Lions again went three up and three down in the top of the second inning, this time with three pop-ups. In the bottom of the second inning, the first two batters reached on singles, prompting a pitching change. Jones entered the game and got the first batter she faced to fly out. The next batter reached on a walk to load the bases with one out. The Lion infield then made a couple of impressive plays. A pitch scorched off the bat but Slider charged the ball and threw the ball to home plate for a force out. The next batter chopped a ball right to Nunez, and she threw the batter out at first, stranding three base runners and keeping the Texanns off the board in the second inning. TSU held a 2-0 lead after two.

Sturm came to the plate to lead off for the Lions in the top of the third, and all she needed was one pitch. She slammed the first pitch she saw all the way over the left field fence, and the Lions were on the board at the top of the inning. After the next two batters got out, Nunez drew a walk and had a stolen base but couldn’t get around and the Lions trailed 2-1. On the other side of the inning, after a leadoff out, the second batter drew a walk. The next hitter hit the ball at Nunez, and she slung it to Slider who touched second and then rifled the ball to Hebler at first for the double play.

The Lions got a rally going in the top of the fourth inning. Jameyson drew a walk and Hebler got a single up the middle to get two runners on base with no outs. Kayla Kilcrease then came to the plate and got a single into left field to load the bases with no outs. After a pitching change, Slider came to the plate next and drew a walk to score Jameyson and tie the game. Sturm was next and was hit by a pitch to score another run, and the Lions took their first lead. The next batter lined out to the second baseman, who then stepped on the bag and caught the runner before she could get back into a double play. The next batter grounded out to end the top half of the fourth.

TSU responded in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. The first batter grounded out. TSU then drew a walk. The next batter hit into a fielder’s choice where Slider received a backhanded flip from Nunez to get the second out. The Texanns then went on a rally. After a stolen base and a walk, the next batter singled to center field to score a run. Conner came to the plate next and singled down the right field line, driving in both runners. Rima came in to get the last out, and the Lions trailed 5-3 after four innings.

Nunez and Higgs both singled and both stole second base to put two runners in scoring position with no outs in the top of the fifth inning. Jameyson then came to the plate and on the fifth pitch lifted the ball up and over the fence in right field to score three runs and give the Lions the lead back. They led 6-5 going into the bottom of the inning.

The Texanns got the leadoff batter on, and a sacrifice bunt brought her to second base. After the Lions had thrown out the bunter, the runner tried to get to third and was thrown out for a double play. The Lions got out of the inning with the 6-5 lead intact.

Thompson singled to left field to lead off the top of the sixth inning and then stole second base. She advanced to third base on a groundout. With two outs, Higgs reached on an error that allowed Thompson to cross the plate. The Lions led 7-5.

The Texanns looked to rally in the bottom of the sixth. After a leadoff groundout, two of the next three batters singled to put two runners on with two outs. The Lions went to the bullpen and brought in Dean, who got the final batter to ground out and keep the score at 7-5.

It was a quick top half of the seventh inning as the Lions went three up and three down. Dean then made quick work of the Texanns in the bottom of the inning, getting three consecutive outs to record the save.

The Lions didn’t waste any time taking the lead. After the first two batters had got out, Jameyson and Hebler both drew walks to get on base. Next came Sturm, who smashed a pitch into center field for a double, driving in Jameyson. The Lions led 1-0. In the bottom of the first, Hebler struck out the first batter and the next two were out in the field. The Lions led 1-0 after one.

TSU made quick work of the Lions in the top of the second and went to work at the bottom of the second to tie up the score. After Hebler retired two of the first three batters she faced, she then walked the next two to load the bases. The Lions went to the bullpen but a wild pitch from Rima allowed one run to score and the game was tied 1-1 after two innings.

Higgs got a leadoff walk and stole second base in the top of the third inning, but the next three batters struck out for the Lions. In the bottom of the third, A&M-Commerce got two of the first three batters out, but then the Texanns had back-to-back singles, which drove in a run to give TSU a 2-1 lead after three innings.

Neither team could get a rally going in the fourth inning. The Lions tied the game in the top of the fifth inning. Higgs tripled to center field and was driven in by Jameyson on a single to right field. The Lions again went to Dean out of the bullpen in the bottom of the fifth inning, and a double play groundout ended the fifth with the teams tied at two.

Each team got a single in the sixth inning, but nothing came of them as defense ruled in the inning and the game was tied going into the seventh. The Lions drew two walks in the top of the inning but could not get the runners around, and TSU had one last shot to finish the game in regulation.

The first batter grounded out to Dean and then the second batter singled through the left side of the infield. With a runner on, the next batter lined out to first base. Sturm made the grab and then dove for the bag to get the runner before she could tag up, and the double play ended the inning.

In the first inning of extra innings, Kilcrease singled to right field to lead off. She advanced to second on a groundout but could not get around to score, and the Texanns had another shot. This time, they took advantage. After the Lions had recorded the first two outs of the eighth inning, the next batter got a single and then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. The next batter singled down the left field line and the winning run crossed the plate.

Josh Manck
Director of Athletic Communications | Texas A&M University-Commerce