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.
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.
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
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
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