PUEBLO, Colo. (February 23, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs will compete at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 24-25 in Spearfish, S.D. The event is hosted by Black Hills State University at the Donald Young Center.
The Pack men are No. 10 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll entering the conference championships. The ThunderWolves have nine national marks that rank in the top 20 in Division II. The men's distance medley relay team will run at the RMAC Championships after setting an NCAA automatic mark earlier this season that ranks third nationally.
CSU-Pueblo had two athletes who earned RMAC weekly honors this indoor season in Paul Roberts (Fr., Boulder, Colo.) and Dante Carter (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.). Roberts is one of three members of the Pack that have a top 20 mark in the 3000m run. The freshman ranks fifth nationally, while junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) is eighth and sophomore Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) is 20th. All three will run at the league championships.
The Pack women were ranked as high as No. 12 nationally this season and have eight top 30 national marks. Senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) will run in the 800m run to attempt to improve her time of 2:11.20 that ranks 16th nationally. She will also run with the 4x400m and distance medley relay teams. The women's 4x400 owns an NCAA Division II provisional mark that ranks 28th nationally, while the top DMR squad has the 15th fastest time in the nation.
Senior Andrea Tuck (Canon City, Colo.) has the 10th best score in the pentathlon nationally and will compete in the RMAC Championships. Junior Tatianna Clanton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) has earned RMAC Field Athlete of the Week the last two weeks and will compete in the long jump where she has the 12th best leap in NCAA Division II this season.
Last season the women finished fourth at the RMAC Championships, while the men were sixth.
The conference meet will be the last chance for the Pack student-athletes to qualify for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, set for March 10-11 in Birmingham, Alabama.
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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.