Lions wrap up indoor regular season at Gorilla Classic - LINK
PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's and women's track and field teams performed in their final meet of the indoor regular season at the Gorilla Classic on Friday and Saturday.
"This was by far the best that we've competed this indoor season," said Lion head track and field coach George Pincock. "Josh Boateng broke his own school and Grenadian national record and the men's 4x400 relay ran phenomenally with the secnd fastest time this year in Division II.
"On the women's side we saw a lot of the young freshmen make some breakthroughs that will help the team as we move into the championship portion of our season. Most importantly, the team was extremely supportive of each other. If we carry that supportive attitude into the LSC Championships next week, I know that a few athletes will step up and deliver."
Five qualifying marks on the men's side highlighted the meet for the blue and gold, with the men's 4x400 meter relay team capping the meet with a meet record. The time of 3:10.44 put up by Gabriel Peterson (Lancaster), D'Lance Sharp (Commerce), Stadrian Taylor (Lancaster), and Rashard Clark (Los Angeles, Calif.) is an automatic qualifying time and the second-quickest in the nation this season.
Hudson Hall (Gregory-Portland) earned a top 10 mark in the nation in the men's pole vault at 5.06m (16-7 ¼), likely punching his ticket for a return trip to Pittsburg.
Another top 10 mark in the nation came from Sir Morgan Loudd (Waco – La Vega), who established a personal best in the men's triple jump with a provisional qualifying mark of 15.05m (49-4 ½).
Josh Boateng (St. George's, Grenada) improved his A&M-Commerce school record, Grenadian national record, and provisional qualifying mark in the men's shot put by a foot and two inches, moving ahead to 17.77m (58-3 ¾).
Jordan Wilson (Blytheville, Ark.) leapt into the top 15 in the nation in the men's long jump with a career best mark of 7.26m (23-10).
The Lions' full indoor contingent will now switch into postseason mode, traveling to Lubbock next Saturday and Sunday for the Lone Star Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Texas Tech. This meet will also serve as the final chance to set or improve qualifying marks for the NCAA Division II National Championships.
AUTOMATIC QUALIFYING MARK
Men's 4x400m Relay – Gabriel Peterson, D'Lance Sharp, Stadrian Taylor, Rashard Clark – 3:10.44 (Meet Record)
PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS
Men's Long Jump – Jordan Wilson – 7.26m (23-10)
Men's Pole Vault – Hudson Hall – 5.06m (16-7 ¼)
Men's Shot Put – Josh Boateng – 17.77m (58-3 ¾)
Men's Triple Jump – Sir Morgan Loudd – 15.05m (49-4 ½)
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