Lions add five provisional marks, two school records, and three event wins in second day of MSSU Open
by JOSH MANCK, Texas A&M-Commerce
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Lions add five provisional marks, two school records, and three event wins in second day of MSSU Open — LINK

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce indoor track and field team added five provisional qualifying marks and two school records on the second day of the Missouri Southern Open on Saturday.



"This meet marks our first meet back since the winter break and the new year," said Lion Head Track and Field Coach George Pincock. "We send the student-athletes away for nearly four weeks and trust they will train on their own. The results from the last two days prove that the majority of them did what was necessary to come back and compete at a high level. We had a national leading mark, a national (Grenada) record, several school records and provisional marks. I am very proud of this team and the weekend we've had."


The Lions picked up three event wins, led by Luis Romero, who earned a provisional qualifying time in the men's 800 meters, winning the race with a time of 1:53.58.


Romero was also the first leg of the men's 4x400 meter relay, which won the event with a time of 3:22.76.  Erick Quiroz was the second leg of the relay, followed by Josiah Dennis as the third leg, and Dedrian Windham as the anchor.


DeVontae Steele won the men's triple jump with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 14.69 meters. Gage Bowles was runner-up in the event with a distance of 14.35 meters and the Lions took four of the top eight places in the event.


Alta Abbott earned a provisional mark in the women's high jump, clearing the bar at 1.65 meters. Alexandra VanSickle notched a provisional mark in the women's shot put with a toss of 13.65 meters. Florian Obst earned a provisional mark in the men's pole vault at 4.70 meters.


Ashley Bassett tied her own school record in the women's 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.93 seconds. In the men's 600 meter run, Aaron LeCesne set a new school record with a time of 1:14.16, breaking the previous school record by 1.71 seconds. Also breaking the previous school record was Josiah Dennis with a time of 1:14.71.


Other notable performances included Devon Sanders' runner-up finish in the men's 60 meter dash with a time of 6.93 seconds and Austin Yaeger's third place finish in the mile run with a time of 4:20.93.


The women's 4x400 meter relay team of Kamryn McKee, Joy Spann, Verlencia Shaw, and Bassett was the event runner-up with a time of 3:55.58. McKee finished in third place in the women's 400 meter dash at 57.81 seconds.


The Lions return to action next Saturday at the Pittsburg State Invitational in Pittsburg, Kan.


Alta Abbott 1.65m Women's High Jump
Kellon Alexis 17.34m Men's Weight Throw
Florian Obst 4.70m Men's Pole Vault
Luis Romero 1:53.58 Men's 800 Meters
Alexandra VanSickle 13.65m Women's Shot Put
Devon Sanders 6.84 Men's 60 Meters
DeVontae Steele 14.69m Men's Triple Jump
Luis Romero, Austin Yaeger, Matthew Brown, and Erick Quiroz 10:09.74 Men's Distance Medley Relay
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