Nine members of the Pack gather USTFCCCA All-America honors

Nine members of the Pack gather USTFCCCA All-America honors


NEW ORELEANS (March 15, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's indoor track and field teams totaled nine All-American honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), released Monday.

Student-athletes earned USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors by virtue of finishing among the top eight in their events, including as a member of a relay, at the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Those who finished 9th-12th in individual events earned second team honors, while relay teams who place 9th and 10th also earn second team honors.

The Pack women crowned their first two NCAA Division II indoor All-Americans when seniors Andrea Tuck (Canon City, Colo.) and Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) reached the podium in their respective events. 

Tuck was the first to claim the honor when she finished seventh in the pentathlon Friday. She finished with 3,750 points for a season-best and was just 10 points shy of her personal record.

Saturday, Riley ran in the 800m finals and placed seventh with a career time of 2:09.89.

Both were USTFCCCA All-America First Team and combined for four points to post the first points scored an the NCAA Division II National Championships in program history. The Pack finished tied for 40th overall.

On the men's side, the four members of the distance medley relay team were recognized as USTFCCCA All-America First Team after finishing third at the national meet.

The group was made up of senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.), junior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.), sophomore Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.) and junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.).

The Pack ran a 9:42.61 race to finish a little over two seconds behind a photo finish between Western Oregon and Adams State. Both those teams ran a 9:40.15 and after a long review, Western Oregon was crowned champions.

The next day, Williams ran to a fourth place finish in the 3000m run with a season-best time of 8:05.21. He was the lone individual to earn USTFCCCA All-America First Team.

Picking up USTFCCCA All-America Second Team recognition were Carter in the mile and freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in the 800m run. Carter was edged out of the mile final, as he finished 10th in the preliminaries with a time of 4:13.24. Staines ran his first NCAA meet race in 1:54.20 to finish 12th.

The Pack men totaled 11 team points to finish tied for 18th.

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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.