Runners from Tarleton State and Texas A&M University-Commerce lead the pack at the end of the first lap of the men’s 800-meter run on Friday at the East Texas Quad meet in Commerce. 

The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s track and field team claimed the top spot in the inaugural East Texas Quad meet on Friday, while the men finished second by a narrow margin.

The Lions hosted Tarleton, Dallas Baptist, UT Tyler and LeTourneau in the first of two outdoor home meets for the Lions this season.

“It was a great way to start the outdoor season,” said Lion head track and field coach George Pincock. “We were blessed with beautiful weather today and it was fun to get our feet underneath us at the end of spring break and get prepared for what we hope to be a great outdoor season.

“We’ve established a solid foundation to move on from. This meet set the pace. You don’t want to sputter along for the first couple of weeks and then just hope everything turns out right in the end. You want to get going at a good pace, see that your training is paying off and build on it.”

The Lion women scored 229 1/2 points, outpacing Tarleton in second place at 186 2/3 and claimed 10 individual event wins.

Markaaisha Richardson was part of three event wins, winning the 100-meter hurdles and running on both the victorious 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams.

Minna Svaerd won the women’s pole vault with a provisional qualifying mark at 3.78 meters (12-4 ¾), which ranks third in NCAA Division II by only a centimeter.

Chelsea Cheek earned a provisional qualifying mark and event win in the women’s high jump at 1.67 meters (5-5 ¾), which ranks fourth nationally.

The Lion men scored 216 points,and were edged by Tarleton’s 291 points. The men’s squad claimed the top spot in 11 individual events.

Devon Sanders (100 and 200), Timon Kemboi (800, 1,500-meter run) and Josh Boateng (shot put, discus) each picked up wins in two individual events.

Sanders also anchored the men’s victorious 4x100-meter relay team of Nichael Whitehead, Dequan Dudley and Stadrian Taylor that set a provisional qualifying time of 40.70 seconds, which is the top time in Division II so far this season.

Boateng’s discus throw of 56.73 meters (186-1) is an automatic qualifying mark, and ranks first nationally. His shot put mark of 17.56 meters (57-7 ¾) is a provisional qualifying mark and ranks fifth in the nation.

Joseph Brown’s discus throw of 55.50 meters (182-1) is a provisional qualifying mark that ranks second nationally. He also earned a provisional qualifying mark and event win in the hammer throw at 57.24 meters (187-9) that ranks fourth nationally.

Other event winners were Dorian Andrews in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Cameron Macon in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Trayveon Franklin in the men’s triple jump, Mackenzie Clark in the women’s 100-meter dash, Eboni Coby in the women’s 200-meter dash, Brandi Stalder in the women’s 5,000-meter run, Talia Lujua in the women’s triple jump and Tamara Susa in the women’s javelin throw.

The Lions’ next action is this weekend at the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin. 

The meet is named for a former Texas Longhorns’ track coach.