Steele

Former Texas A&M University-Commerce jumper DeVontae Steele will be competing in the United States Track and Field Association championships this week in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s track and field program will be represented on the international and national stages in the coming weeks at the Pan American Games and USATF National Championships.

Rising senior thrower Josh Boateng will represent his home nation of Grenada in the discus throw at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Aug. 6. The Grenada Olympic Committee announced Boateng as one of 11 total athletes representing the country in the top competition in the Americas and Caribbean.

Boateng was a 2019 first-team NCAA Division II all-American in the discus throw and the USTFCCCA South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year. He set the school record in the discus throw at 61.00 meters (200-1), which was the fourth-longest throw in Division II history. He is also the school-record holder in the shot put.

Former Lion student-athletes Rashard Clark and Devontae Steele will compete at the USA Track and Field National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, at Drake University on July 25-28. Clark will compete in the 400-meter dash for the second consecutive season, with Steele competing in the triple jump.

Clark was a 10-time all-American in his Lion career and earned first-team all-American honors in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash in 2019. He finished his A&M-Commerce career as the school record-holder in seven events. He has a career-best time of 45.54 seconds in the 400. Competition in the 400 dash begins Thursday evening in the first of three rounds, with the finals on Saturday afternoon.

Steele earned first-team all-American status in the triple jump at all eight national meets (indoor and outdoor) in his Lion career. He was the national champion in the indoor season in 2016 and 2018 and the national runner-Up in the outdoor season in 2018. He set his collegiate-best mark of 15.97 meters (52-4 ¾) at the 2018 national meet. Since his time at Commerce, he has pushed his lifetime-best mark to 16.34 meters (53-7 ½). Triple jump competition is set for Friday evening.

“Any time you get the chance to represent your country, in Josh’s case, or go qualify to represent your country is a great opportunity, and all three of these young men are deserving of that,” said Lion head track and field coach George Pincock. “All three of them have worked extremely hard to get to where they are at.

“Josh has represented Grenada on an international stage before and he’s always looking to make his country proud every time he competes. For DeVontae and Rashard, it’s important for them to be seen with the nation’s best and athletes who are professionals and have a chance to represent our country.”