Athletics both ranked in top five and more news

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NEW ORLEANS – West Texas A&M men’s athletics entered the Top 5 in the latest edition of the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Division II Indoor Athletics Rating Index .

The Buffs are ranked fifth with 133.66 points.

Pittsburg State sits atop the national rankings, followed by Grand Valley State, Colorado School of Mines, Ashland and WT to round out the top five. WT has 12 athletes ranked in the Top 25 including the 4×400 team made up of Malick Diop, Ohdel James, Jeremiah Lauzon and Quinton Sansing. The foursome placed 16th with a provisional time of 3:14.78 at the Texas Tech Shootout.

The Buffs return to action this weekend, February 25-26, as they look to defend their title at the Lone Star Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on February 25-26 at the Sports Performance Center in Lubbock. .

Women’s athletics

West Texas A&M women’s athletics ranked fourth in the latest Division II Indoor Athletics Rating Index released by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Buffs are ranked fourth behind Minnesota State, Grand Valley State and Azusa Pacific with 119.32 points after a strong weekend at the Jarvis Scott Open. In total, WT has 11 athletes who rank in the National Top 25.

Zada Swoopes and Taylor Nelloms place first in their respective events while the quartet of Alana Wilson, Sherifatu Sheriff, Leah Belfield and Jordan Brown place 21st in the 4×400 meters relay after running an altitude adjusted 3:50.28 in Texas Tech Shootout.

Eight-time defending Lone Star Conference Indoor champion Lady Buffs looks to protect her title this weekend as she competes in the conference championships Feb. 25-26 at the Sports Performance Center in Lubbock.

men’s basketball

On Tuesday afternoon, West Texas A&M returned to the Top 25 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll, with the Buffs placing 22nd. The Buffs are one of two Lone Star Conference teams represented in the Top 25.

Nova Southeastern tops the national standings for the third straight week as the last undefeated Division II team. West Liberty comes second, followed by Indiana, Lubbock Christian and Augustana to round out the top five.

The Buffs wrap up the regular season this week by hosting Texas A&M-Kingsville (February 24) and Texas A&M International (February 26) at First United Bank Center in Canyon.

women’s basketball

Head coach Josh Prock announced the addition of Canyon High School star Zoey McBroom to the 2021-22 Lady Buff recruiting class.

McBroom joins Mattie Boyd, Bree Brattain, Kyla Kane and Hollie Stalder in the class.

“We’re extremely excited to announce the signing of Zoey McBroom. As we continue to build this program, we want to bring in young women who fit the culture we’re trying to build here at West Texas A&M,” Prock said. . “Zoey is exactly what we’re looking for, she’s a very tough young lady and she’s one of the most competitive players we’ve seen. She has a very versatile game that she can play inside like outside and is able to score at all three levels on the floor.”

McBroom led the Canyon High School program into another deep playoff run during his senior campaign under head coach Tate Lombard. The Lady Eagles captured the District 3-4A title earlier this month and beat Levelland in the regional quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

The 5-foot-6 guard was the hero for the San Antonio Alamodome in the 2021 Class 4A State Championship game, knocking down the game-winning three-pointer in an instant classic 56-55 against Hardin Jefferson as the Lady Eagles won their 20th state title.

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