COMMERCE, Texas – A&M-Commerce today announced the 2013 Lion men's and women's track and field schedules, which get underway the first weekend in March. Three home events highlight the 2013 slate, including a handful of challenging meets as A&M-Commerce sets its sights on the 2013 Lone Star Conference Championships in May.
For the second consecutive year, A&M-Commerce begins its track and field schedule on the track at Memorial Stadium, hosting the Lion Spring Invitational on Saturday, March 2nd. This Lions then head to Stephenville for the Tarleton State Invitational on Thursday, March 7th, followed by a trip to Arlington for the always competitive Bobby Lane Invitational, hosted by UT-Arlington on Saturday, March 23rd.
A select group of Lion tracksters will then compete in the nationally renowned Texas Relays in Austin on March 27-29, followed by the short trip across Highway 380 to Denton for the North Texas Classic on Saturday, April 6th.
A&M-Commerce then returns to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 13th, hosting the East Texas Invitational, a tribute to the school's history as East Texas State University. A trip to Walnut, Calif. is then on the horizon as a select group of Lion runners will compete in the 55th annual Mt. SAC Relays on April 19th and 20th.
The Lions will have one final tune-up, heading to San Marcos for the Texas State Bobcat Relays on Saturday, April 27th, before heading to Canyon for the 2013 Lone Star Conference Championships, hosted by West Texas A&M. The event will be part of the LSC Spring Championships Festival as both the men and women track and field teams look to build on their successes at the 2012 championships.
A&M-Commerce will host one final meet in 2013, staging a Last Chance Meet at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 11th, providing one final opportunity for runners to qualify for the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championships, which will be held once again in Pueblo, Colo.
The Lions saw a great deal of success in 2012, producing a pair of Lone Star Conference individual champions as well as qualifying a pair of women for the NCAA Division II National Championships. Three were named All-LSC selections as three school records fell in 2012, with a great deal of both rosters returning to action in 2013.