Women finish second, men third at CSM DII Invite; Roberts clocks top 3000m time in NCAA Division II


GOLDEN, Colo. (January 29, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs competed at the Colorado School of Mines Division II Invite Friday and Saturday, as the No. 16 women were second and the No. 12 men finished third. The ThunderWolves recorded multiple national marks, including a handful of top 10 times.

The women's team totaled 98.5 points for second behind Western State Colorado University (120 points). The men's program gathered 101 points for third behind WSCU (118.5 points) and University of Colorado Colorado Springs (108 points).

Freshman Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) clocked the fastest time in the nation in the 3000m run, as he ran a converted time of 8:06.31. The Pack went 1-2-3 in the race, as Derrick Williams (Jr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) finished in a converted time of 8:08.08 that ranks third nationally. Sophomore Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) was third in the race and posted a mark that is good for 10th in Division II (8:13.18). All three were NCAA provisional times.

Friday, both the distance medley relay squads recorded top five times in NCAA Division II.

The men's DMR was made up of the same four athletes that finished runner-up at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. Senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.), junior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.), sophomore Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.) and Williams combined to clock a time of 10:10.36, which was converted to 9:46.88, an NCAA automatic qualifying time that ranks second nationally. The Pack ran a second team that finished with an adjusted time of 9:48.83, which is good for fourth in NCAA Division II. The team was comprised of a group of underclassmen in, Thomas Staines (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Shawn Horne (So., Camp Casey, South Korea), Zach Retzlaff (Fr., Pueblo West, Colo.) and Roberts.

On the women's side, the Pack won the event with a time of 12:14.28, which converted to the fourth-best Division II mark of 11:50.00. The group was made up of Miriam Roberts (Jr., Boulder, Colo.), Tatianna Clanton (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Sydni Riley (Sr., Florissant, Colo.) and Bailey Hughes (Sr., Bigfork, Mont.).

Carter won the 800m race with an NCAA provisional time of 1:50.37 that sits second nationally. His mile time from last weekend was first in Division II and now ranks third.

Speaking of the mile, Walker won the event with a converted time of 4:09.80 that is a provisional mark, which ranks seventh nationally. Staines was third, as he ran a 4:12.24 that is also a provisional time and sits 17th in DII.

For the women, Riley ran a 2:11.20 for a second-place time in the 800m, which is also a provisional mark that ranks fifth in Division II. Hughes was second in the 3000m with a converted time of 9:42.15, which stands as the eighth fastest nationally. M. Roberts also recorded a provisional time in the 3K, as she was fifth with a time of 10:03.10 (34th nationally).

The women's 4x400m relay team of Clanton, Taliah Burney (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Andrea Tuck (Sr., Canon City, Colo.) and Riley was second with a time of 4:00.16.

The men's 4x400m relay squad of Vassell, Stains, Walker and Horne won the event with a time of 3:23.38. Three members of the men's team finished third in their events, as Vassell ran a 50.95 400m dash, Joseph Sanchez (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) clocked a 5000m time of 17:10.09 and Ron Sweeten (Jr., Falcon, Colo.) leaped 13.70m in the triple jump.

Next on the schedule for the ThunderWolves is the New Mexico Classic Feb. 3-4 in Albuquerque.   

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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.