Williams and Riley earn All-American laurels on final day of NCAA Championships

Williams and Riley earn All-American laurels on final day of NCAA Championships


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 11, 2017) - Derrick Williams (Jr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) became a four-time indoor All-American and Sydni Riley (Sr., Florissant, Colo.) became the second NCAA women's indoor All-American in program history as the Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs concluded the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday.

The Pack men totaled 11 team points to finish tied for 18th, while the women scored at an NCAA Indoor Championship for the first time in program history and finished tied for 40th.

Williams was fourth in the 3000m run to capture All-American honors for the second time in the event in his career. He ran a season-best 8:05.21 in the race. After the first mile, Williams was sixth and closed on the field to finish fourth, which was less than 10 seconds off the winner.

Freshman Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) got a taste of the indoor national scene, as he also competed in the 3000m run. He posted a 8:18.24 to finish 14th.

He scored five team points, while the men's distance medley relay team (which Williams was the anchcor) added six points for the 11 point total.

Riley was second in her heat for the 800m preliminaries to qualify for Saturday's final. She ran to a seventh place finish, but was hindered a bit when a runner in front of her tripped and clipped Riley with two laps left. Despite the slip, the senior finished in 2:09.89, which was a career-best run.

She scored two points to add to senior Andrea Tuck's (Canon City, Colo.) two points scored in the pentathlon Friday to total the four team points. Prior to Friday, the ThunderWolves hadn't had an NCAA All-American at the indoor nationals.

Senior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) also ran her final collegiate indoor race when she competed in the 3000m run. She ran a 9:54.09 to finish 16th.

The Pack waste no time getting the outdoor season started, as the ThunderWolves host the Slope Challege March 18 at the Neta and Eddie DeRose 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.