TRIO OF LIONS GARNER ALL-CONFERENCE TRACK AND FIELD HONORS
COMMERCE, Texas -- Three A&M-Commerce track and field athletes have been named to the 2012 All-Lone Star Conference team, announced today by league officials. Junior Whitney Hargraves and sophomore Abigail Leaupepe-Tele represent the Lion women's team while Khalil Henry was selected from the men's squad.
The All-Lone Star Conference team is made up of the winner of each event at the conference's meet, hosted last weekend at Memorial Stadium, including all members of the winning relay teams. Also, any athlete that accumulates 14 or more points in the conference meet are named to the team.
Hargraves had one of the best Lion performances in recent history at the LSC meet, placing second in both the long jump (5.94 meters) and the triple jump (12.13 meters), totaling 16 points to lead all Lions. Hargraves provisionally qualified for nationals in both events while her leap of 19'6" now sits second all-time in program history. On the year, Hargraves has eight top-five finishes, including winning the long jump in three different meets.
Leaupepe-Tele emerged as a one of the Lions' top thrower at the LSC meet, winning the gold medal in the discus with a mark of 45.18 meters, improving on her provisional qualifying mark by nearly two meters. She also placed ninth in the shot put, giving her nine top-10 finishes on the season for A&M-Commerce in the throws.
On the men's side, Henry highlighted the meet for the Lions by posting a career-best leap of 2.06 meters in the high jump, capturing the gold medal. He has been A&M-Commerce's top jumper on the year, posting the top six marks in the high jump, including a pair of provisional qualifying leaps at both the LSC Championships and Michael Johnson Classic and has placed in the top-five in the high jump in each meet on the season.
With the LSC Championship meet now in its rear view mirror, A&M-Commerce heads to the Incarnate Word Last Chance Meet on Thursday, May 10, providing the last opportunity to qualify athletes for the NCAA Division II National Championships in Pueblo, Colo. May 25-28.