Texas A&M University-Commerce tracksters compete in weather-shortened meet in Waco


WACO — Texas A&M University-Commerce competed in a weather-shortened final day of the Michael Johnson Invitational track and field meet on Saturday inside the Clyde Hart Classic Track & Field Stadium.

Due to forecasted inclement weather later in the day, the events were moved to a rolling schedule to try and beat the weather, but the meet went into a weather delay and was later called with one field event to go and three races left on the track.

“The Michael Johnson Invitational is always one of my favorite meets of the year,” said Lions coach George Pincock. “The hosts are fantastic, and the competition is the highest level you can get. A little disappointed that the weather didn’t cooperate, but nonetheless excited to come here and do what we did.

“We had great performances yesterday and that bled over into today. All things considered with the weather conditions, I am happy with how we performed and look to learn from the adversity we faced, take that into next week, and the conference championship.”

Jenneil Jacobie (Piat Gros Islet, Saint Lucia) cleared 5-4.25 (1.63m) to tie for fourth in the high jump, which was the starting height and a 10-way tie. Jacobie cleared the bar in her first attempt so was placed in a six-way tie for fourth.

On the track, Alondra Campa (Kaufman) timed 12:21.91 in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing seventh.

The 4×100 relay squad of Tyke Owens (Lebanon Trail), Oguz Uyar (Turkey), Enoch Fosuhene (Accra, Ghana) and Ibrahim Fuseini (Accra, Ghana) finished third with a time of 40.35 seconds. Fuseini timed 10.33 seconds for seventh in the 100-meter dash.

Nicholas Deutsch (Frisco) finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 9:41.43.

In field events, Tahje Parrish (Picayune, Miss.) took seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 48-5.5 (14.77m).

The men’s shot put, last heat of the men’s 800 meter run, as well as both 4×400 meter relay races were not contested prior to the meet ending due to weather.

Next weekend is the final regular season competition of the season as the Lions head to Lubbock for the Corky/Crofoot Shootout on Friday-Saturday.