Coughlin earns second outsanding female athlete award

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Aly Coughlin || Courtesy Tarleton Athletic Communications

Tarleton claims seven all-conference honors

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STEPHENVILLE – The Tarleton men’s and women’s track and field teams combined for seven all-conference awards at this past weekend’s Lone Star Conference championships, the league announced on Friday.

To earn all-conference honors, athletes must score at least 14 points or win an event at the LSC Championships.

Highlighting the awards was Aly Coughlin being named the Lone Star Conference Outstanding Female Track Athlete for the second time in her career. Coughlin received the honor in 2014 as well. The senior from Rockwall took home a gold medal at the championships by winning the 3000m and 5000m. Coughlin has the top times in the LSC in both events (9:49.06 in the 3K, 17:11.09 in the 5K) and claimed a provisional mark for each. Coughlin’s times are also both school records.


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DeAijha Hicks-Boyce joined Coughlin as the only TexAnns on the all-conference team. Hicks-Boyce earned a pair of medals at the conference championships by taking home a gold medal in the 200m in a time of 24.56 and setting a provisional mark. Hicks-Boyce placed second in the 60m in a time of 24.56 and also set a provisional mark. Both times by Hicks-Boyce are Tarleton indoor school records.

Chase Rathke, Dylan Willett, Blake Eschbach, and Dallas Rushing were all named to the LSC all-conference team for their efforts at the conference championships.

Rathke took home a pair of gold medals by winning the mile in a time of 4:26.52 and the men’s Distance Medley Relay. Rathke owns the LSC’s top time in the mile this season, registering a 4:05.08 and earning a provisional mark earlier this season. The mile time is also a new school record.

Joining Rathke in the men’s DMR was Willett, Eschbach, and Rushing. The quartet took home a gold medal at the conference championships in a time of 10:07.52 for a provisional mark. Eschbach also won a pair of silver medals as part of the men’s 4x400m relay and in the 400m in a time of 47.88 for a provisional mark and a new school record.

Tarleton will now compete at the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 11-12 in Pittsburg, Kanas. The qualifiers for the championships will be announced on March 1 at 5 p.m. on NCAA.com.


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2016 LSC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS
NOTE: To earn all-conference status, athletes must score at least 14 points or win an event at the LSC Championships.

MEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE PERFORMERS
Athlete                               School                               Points
Geoffrey Kipchumba      West Texas A&M             26
Luis Romero                     Texas A&M-Commerce   21.50
Kenneth Jackson             Texas A&M-Kingsville     20
Justin Pearson                 Texas A&M-Commerce   20
Javier Lopez                     Texas A&M-Kingsville     19.25
Chase Rathke                   Tarleton State                  17.50
Joseph Brown                  Texas A&M-Commerce   16
Blake Whalen                  West Texas A&M             16
Matt Rich                          Texas A&M-Commerce   16
DeVontae Steele              Texas A&M-Commerce   16
Gage Bowles                     Texas A&M-Commerce   16
Tyler Rambo                    Texas A&M-Commerce   16
Richard Cervantes          Texas A&M-Kingsville     15
Lutalo Boyce                    Texas A&M-Kingsville     14
Daniel Gyasi                     West Texas A&M             12.50
Michal Idziak                   Texas A&M-Kingsville     12.50
Dylan Willett                    Tarleton State                  12.50
Blake Eschbach              Tarleton State                  12.50
Jordan Yamoah               Texas A&M-Kingsville     10
Jeron Robinson              Texas A&M-Kingsville     10
Theo Piniau                    West Texas A&M             4.50
Tobia Lahbi                     West Texas A&M             4.50
Alex Schaffer                   West Texas A&M             2.50
Dallas Rushing                Tarleton State                  2.50


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SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Male Track Athlete: Daniel Gyasi, West Texas A&M
Outstanding Male Field Athlete: Jeron Robinson, Texas A&M-Kingsville
Men’s Track & Field Coaches of the Year: Ross Smithey, Texas A&M-Commerce, and Ryan Dall, Texas A&M-Kingsville

WOMEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE PERFORMERS
Athlete                               School                               Points
Kami Norton                    Angelo State                     33
Aly Coughlin                    Tarleton State                  21.25
Libby Strickland              West Texas A&M             21
Kaina Martinez                Texas A&M-Kingsville     19.50
DeAijha Hicks-Boyce       Tarleton State                  19.25
Amber Saiz                       Eastern New Mexico       18.50
Malika Ouedraogo           West Texas A&M             18
Nikolina Hrelec                West Texas A&M             15
Plaserae Johnson            Texas A&M-Kingsville     15
Candida Chairez              Angelo State                     14
Shanice Cameron            West Texas A&M             13.50
Norma Cunigan               West Texas A&M             13
Bridget Rielly                   Midwestern State            12.50
Klaudia Szych                  Eastern New Mexico       11.25
Lacy Harris                       West Texas A&M             10
Courtney Head                West Texas A&M             10
Sabrina Huelga                Eastern New Mexico       9.50
Sommer Wilder               West Texas A&M             6.50
Azalia Rodriguez              Eastern New Mexico       4.50
Alba Casanovas               West Texas A&M             4.50
Jessie Thomas                  West Texas A&M             2.50

SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Female Track Athlete: Aly Coughlin, Tarleton State
Outstanding Female Field Athlete:  Kami Norton, Angelo State
Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year: Darren Flowers, West Texas A&M


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