This was a great weekend to be a Lion in athletics, so let’s get to it.
A HUGE Congrats to the Texas A&M-Commerce Men’s 4×400 Relay team that captured a second straight National Championship at the NCAA Division II Championships at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. The foursome of Gabriel Peterson, Stadrian Taylor, D’Lance Sharp, and Rashard Clark set School, Conference, and indoor venue records for fastest time and came close to being the fastest ever. A huge congrats to these guys, and Head Coach George Pincock, and here is hoping they will lift the National Outdoor Trophy in May. This winning is not getting old anytime soon.
A huge congrats to Jason Burton’s squad who had a good showing in the LSC tournament and were rewarded with an invitation to the NCAA Division II National Tournament as the 7th seed. They face off against second seeded Colorado-Mesa Friday.
Since Burton has taken over, he has steadily built a solid program into an LSC contender, especially the past 3 seasons. His 88-58 record overall and 57-35 LSC record is one of the best EVER, and he has only been here five years, and the work he has put in to rebuild this program is really something. He continues to build something great here in Commerce, and it is just getting better. His last 3 seasons, he has posted a 58-31 record overall and a 41-19 conference record. This one feels good, and congrats to Jason, his staff, and his players.
After falling by 2 in the LSC Championship game, Jaret Von Rosenberg’s team will be in the tournament yet again and will be dancing for the 4th time in 5 seasons. This stretch of Basketball has really been a resurrection of the Lion Men’s program since 2014-2015, and Coach Rose has really done a fantastic job in just two years, continuing the success that Sam Walker had for so many years as the Head Coach. The past 5 seasons have yielded a 105-47 record overall, 50-32 in the LSC, and 4 national tournament appearances in addition to the Conference title in 2015. The Lions face Dallas Baptist on Friday, a team the Lions defeated 83-61 in December at the Fieldhouse.
After suffering 3 losses to Texas A&M-Kingsville that knocked them out of the national top 5, the Lions swept Eastern New Mexico to push their record to 20-6 overall and are at # 18 in the nation. This weekend, I suppose it would only be fitting that the Lions face off against West Texas A&M in Canyon, as their Basketball counterparts do for a 3 game stretch before heading back to Commerce to host Western New Mexico.