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Obst named Lone Star Conference Outstanding Male Field Athlete; Pincock named Menís Coach of the Year
By Josh Manck, Assistant Athletics Director for Communications | Texas A&M University-Commerce
May 12, 2017
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Lion men receive 22 All-Conference awards,
Lion women receive nine

Richardson -- Texas A&M University-Commerce senior Florian Obst has been named the Lone Star Conference's Outstanding Male Field Athlete of the Year, while Lion head track & field coach George Pincock has also been named Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year. The awards were announced by the LSC office on Thursday.
 
"It's a great honor for Florian to receive this award," Pincock said. "He made a lot of sacrifices over those three days of the conference tournament to contribute to the team and we are very proud of him."
 
Obst, from Emmering, Germany, won the gold medal in the decathlon at the LSC Outdoor Championships last week with 7,395 points, placing first in six of the 10 events. This is the third highest score in all of Division II this year and he is automatically entered to compete in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 25-27 in Bradenton, Fla.
 
Obst had already reached the score necessary to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships but improved his season-best marks in three events and improved his overall decathlon score by more than 150 points. He also set a provisional qualifying mark in the long jump. This award comes after an impressive indoor track and field season that earned Obst a First Team All-America distinction as well as All-Region and First Team All-LSC honors.
 
Pincock is in his first season as the Lions' head coach after rising to the top position in December. He also was named the Indoor Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year, marking the second time in three seasons a Lion coach has received both the indoor and outdoor Coach of the Year awards in the same calendar year. Pincock led the men's team to their 19th LSC Outdoor Championship in school history and just the second in the last 50 years. In addition, the Lion women's track and field team finished third at the LSC Championships, their highest finish in school history.
 
All-Conference awards were also announced by the LSC. The list of all-conference performers includes the first, second and third place finishers in each event, including all members of the winning relay teams. The Lion men were awarded 22 All-Conference distinctions and the Lion women were awarded nine.
 
"We are very proud of all our athletes that received All-Conference awards," Pincock said. "We talked about everyone being able to contribute. This is what happens when we make that decision to contribute and give out best effort at the right time. It's just a great honor for these kids to have these awards and to see their hard work pay off."
 
The Lions will send selected student-athletes to last chance meets this weekend at locations to be announced. The field for the NCAA Division II Championships will be announced on Tuesday, May 16. The Lions currently have 30 athletes with NCAA provisional marks and two with automatic qualifying marks.

 
MEN'S ALL-CONFERENCE PERFORMERS

First Team

Athlete

Event

Austin Yaeger

800m

Devon Sanders

4x400m relay

Josiah Dennis

4x400m relay

Erick Quiroz

4x400m relay

Stadrian Taylor

4x400m relay

Kellon Alexis

Discus

Gage Bowles

Triple Jump

Chase Graham

Hammer Throw

Florian Obst

Decathlon

Second Team

Steeven Martinez

3,000m steeplechase

Malcolm Woods

4x100m relay

Reggie Kincade

4x100m relay

Isaiah McFail

4x100m relay

Devon Sanders

4x100m relay, 200m

Austin Yaeger

1500m

Joseph Brown

Discus

DeVontae Steele

Triple Jump

Third Team

Malcolm Woods

200m

Turner Pool

10,000m

Joseph Brown

Shot Put

Kenneth Adams

Hammer Throw

 
SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Male Track Athlete (Cap Shelton Award): Marcus Parker, Eastern New Mexico
Outstanding Male Field Athlete (Oscar Strahan Award): Florian Obst, A&M-Commerce
Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year: George Pincock, A&M-Commerce


 
WOMEN'S ALL-CONFERENCE PERFORMERS

First Team

Athlete

Event

Brandi Stalder

10,000m

Ashley Bassett

100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 4x400 meter relay

Joy Spann

4x400m relay

Kamryn McKee

4x400m relay

Verlencia Shaw

4x400m relay

Second Team

Kamryn McKee

400m

Hailey Wanoreck

Hammer Throw

 
SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Female Track Athlete (Wes Kittley Award): Melina Gryschka, Eastern New Mexico
Outstanding Female Field Athlete (David Noble Award): Kami Norton, Angelo State
Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year: Darren Flowers, West Texas A&M