Nia Matthews and Staines named Pack Athletes of the Week presented by Mobile Record Shredders

Nia Matthews and Staines named Pack Athletes of the Week presented by Mobile Record Shredders

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 14, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo's Nia Matthews (Jr., Houston, Tex.) and Thomas Staines (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) have been named Pack Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by Mobile Record Shredders.

Matthews went 4-2 overall in three home matches last weekend to guide the ThunderWolves to a 2-1 record (first team wins of the season) and a 1-1 start in RMAC play. She was 2-1 at No. 2 doubles and went 2-1 at No. 2 singles.

In her two singles victories she only allowed her opponent to score three points, as she won 6-0, 6-0 against her RMAC foe at Colorado Christian and 6-2, 6-1 against Colorado College.

On the men's side, Staines ran to the second fastest 800m time in NCAA Division II history and broke the indoor national championships meet record to claim the first indoor track and field national championship in Colorado State University-Pueblo program history, Saturday on the final day of the national meet.

Staines ran to a time of 1:47.23 to claim the title by more than a second. He was in fifth at 200m and moved his way up to second at the 500m mark, then turned on the burners for the final lap and left no doubt in his victory.

He claims just the fourth national title, indoor or outdoor, in program history.

In addition to All-American honors in the 800m, Staines ran the opening leg of the distance medley relay where the ThunderWolves were national runner-up and earned All-American recognition. 

The women's tennis team plays at University of New Mexico March 20 in Albuquerque, NM. The track and field team begins the outdoor season Saturday at the CSU-Pueblo Early Bird Meet at CSU-Pueblo ThunderBowl.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.

Past Pack Athletes of the Week
Mar. 7 - Katie Cunningham/Blake Foerster
Feb. 28 - Angelique Urenda/JaVaughn Perkins
Feb. 21 - Arianna Rohde/Josh Smith
Feb. 14 - Miriam Roberts/Ambrose Romero
Feb. 7 - Katie Cunningham/Cody Johnson
Jan. 31 - Gillian Maness/PT Garcia

Jan. 24 - Jennah Knafelc/Will Newman
Jan. 18 - Hannah Plummer/Kyle Fantin

Jan. 10 - Tuileisu Anderson/JaCobi Jones
Dec. 20 - Taylor Long/Will Newman
Dec. 13 - Angelique Urenda/Thomas Staines
Dec. 6 - Arianna Rohde/Ron Sweeten
Nov. 29 - Katie Cunningham/Mika Nuolivirta
Nov. 22 – Katie Jones/Alec Choury
Nov. 15 – Misha McDowell/BJ Hardy
Nov. 8 – Alexa Eastep/Marcelo Laguera
Nov. 2 - Mackenzie Bean/Emery Taylor
Oct. 19 - Phoebe Pontious/Protus Babaya
Oct. 11 - Melissa Nichols/Neil Tillman
Oct. 4 - Gillian Maness/Tanner Cuda
Sept. 27 - Danelle Dondelinger/Connor Marth
Sept. 20 - Courtney Ewing/Brandon Payer
Sept. 13 - Miriam Roberts/Marcelo Laguera
Sept. 6 - Mackenzie Bean/Fraser Hughes