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WT tops VSU in a thriller to claim the 2014 DII Softball National Championship
The 2014 NCAA Division II Softball National Championship game was billed as a battle of two of the best offensive teams in the nation, but the two student-athletes in the circle had other plans as Monday's contest turned into a pitcher's duel before WT's Brittany Gehle registered her first hit of the weekend on a three run blast to left field with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to give the #1 Lady Buffs the first National Championship in program history as they topped the #16 Blazers of Valdosta State, 3-2 at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia. WT ends its dream season at 60-7 while the Blazers end their campaign at 47-15.
The title marks just the fourth National Championship in West Texas A&M's NCAA history as the Lady Buff Volleyball team captured titles in 1990, 1991 and 1997. It also marks the first softball national championship for the Lone Star Conference since the Belles of Angelo State claimed the crown back in 2004.
Outdoor Track & Field: Javelina men finish fourth; Three LSC athletes win national titles
The Lone Star Conference was represented by 72 athletes at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The Texas A&M-Kingsville men's team finished in fourth place with national titles by Tim Price and Jeron Robinson. Price won both the 100m and 200m events, while Robinson prevailed in the high jump. Tarleton State's Chase Rathke was the national champion in the 1500m.
Price & Javelina Men Shine on Last Day of Competition
The Texas A&M-Kingsville men's track & field team finished with their outdoor season with a fourth place finish in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Allendale, Mich. The fourth place finish ties for the team's best finish ever in the national meet. The Javelinas finished with 49 points. The winners of the meet, St. Augustine's had a point total of 112. Adams State finished in second place with 67 points and Ashland came in third place with 53.
Tim Price was crowned men's 100m and 200m dash national champion and an All-American on Saturday. Price finished the men's 100m dash with a time of 10.49 and the men's 200m dash with a time of 20.75. He also finished with the highest individual point total for the meet with 21.3 points... Complete release courtesy of TAMUK.
Robinson Wins National Title, Two Javelinas Qualify For Finals
Texas A&M-Kingsville's, Jeron Robinson was crowned the national champion in the men's high jump on Friday. Robinson won the title, tied the NCAA Division II Outdoor all-time record and set a new championship meet record with a flight of 7'-6. 5"(2.30m). He bested his own height from the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Championship which was 7'-3" (2.21m)...Complete release courtesy of TAMUK.
National Champion Rathke wins 1500m, five others named All-American on final day
On the final day of the track and field season, Tarleton State had six athletes earn All-American accolades at the NCAA National Championships, including Chase Rathke who returns home as the reigning National Champion in the 1500m.
Rathke won the event with a personal best time of 3:45.60, which also broke his own school record in the event. His finish was 1.31 seconds better than the second-place time of 3:46.91 by Ashland's Brian Baum... Complete release courtesy of TSU.
Rams Cap Off NCAA Division II Championships with Six All-American Honors
The Angelo State men's track & field team racked up six All-American honors on the final day of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The Rams and Rambelles combined for nine All-American honors over the three day meet. ASU finished the men's team race with 12 points tied for 20th place while the women scored eight points for 25th. It is the 28th-straight year the Rams have scored at the national meet while the Rambelles have scored in 31 of the last 32 meets... Complete release courtesy of ASU.
Lions Tally Nine All-Americans at NCAA Championships
The 2014 NCAA Championships saw the Lions earn nine All-American honors while on their way to finish tied for 12th with Southern Indiana with 19 team points over the course of the three days of competition.
The Lions set new school records in the Javelin, Pole Vault, 4x400m relay and the 800m (both men and women). Also the 19 points for the Lions are the most the team has scored at the national meet since 42 points back in 1986... Complete release courtesy of A&M-C.
WT Track & Field Wraps-Up 2014 Outdoor Nationals with Three All-Americans
The West Texas A&M men's and women's track & field teams concluded their season today by putting three athletes on the All-America podium during the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field National Championship. Libby Strickland, only a sophomore for the Lady Buffs, picked up her fifth career All-America trophy today while juniors Arnau Erta and Sharon Kwarula grabbed their first-ever top-eight finishes on the national stage... Complete release courtesy of WT.
Samoei Concludes ENMU Career With 13th-Place Finish at NCAA Championships in 5,000m
Senior Isaiah Samoei (Sr., Eldoret, Kenya/Iowa Western CC) from the Eastern New Mexico University track & field team concluded his career at Saturday's NCAA Championships with a 13th-place finish in the men's 5,000m run. The performance came just two days after he notched the third All-American performance of his career, coming in the 10,000-meter run.
Samoei crossed the finish line with a time of 14:24.24, more than three seconds better than 14th-place finisher Sean Gildea from Colorado School of Mines. Adams State's Kevin Batt won the event with a time of 13:59.22... Complete release courtesy of ENMU.
Corey Bassett Places Eighth, Becomes HU's First 100-Meter All-American
Running into a headwind, Harding sophomore Corey Bassett became the first Bison ever to earn All-America honors in the 100-meter dash.
Bassett, a native of Plano, Texas, placed eighth in the 100-meter final with a time of 10.75, two days after setting the Harding school record at 10.43 in the preliminaries... Complete release courtesy of HU.
Flores closes breakout spring at NCAA II Outdoor Championships
Midwestern State's Ashley Flores clocked a 4:42.20 in the second heat of the 1,500-meter prelims Thursday in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship at the Grand Valley State Lacrosse and Track Stadium.
The junior from Haltom City placed eighth in her heat and will not move on to Saturday's finals... Complete release courtesy of MSU.