Outdoor season beings at home Saturday; Five Pack athletes garner preseason honors

Outdoor season beings at home Saturday; Five Pack athletes garner preseason honors


PUEBLO, Colo. (March 17, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs begin the 2017 outdoor season Saturday by hosting the Slope Challenge at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. The field events begin at 10 a.m., while the track events are set for a 10:30 a.m. start.

The meet features just four teams, CSU-Pueblo, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado Mesa University and Western State Colorado University. The event will be scored as a quadrangular and at the end, the point totals for the ThunderWolves and Oregiggers will be combined and compared to the combined scores of the Mavericks and Mountaineers to determine a meet winner.

The intent is to continue this unique meet with the four teams in the future with rotating sites and team pairings.

Pack total five Preseason All-RMAC Outdoor honorees; Both teams picked top five in preseason poll

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference posted its annual preseason release Wednesday and named five members of the ThunderWolves as preseason all-conference. The men's squad totaled 72 points to tie for fourth in the men's poll, while the women compiled 87 points to sit fifth in the women's ranking.

The women's team totaled three Preseason Outdoor All-RMAC honorees, as senior indoor All-American Andrea Tuck (Canon City, Colo.) was named to the list. Junior indoor national qualifier Tatianna Clanton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and junior cross country All-American Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) were also recognized.

Tuck finished seventh in the pentathlon at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships and will compete in the heptathlon during the outdoor season. Clanton qualified for her first national meet in the long jump and Roberts finished 17th at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in November.

On the men's side, two indoor All-Americans garnered the preseason recognition, as senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) made the list.

Carter and Williams made up half of the men's distance medley relay team that finished third at indoor nationals. Williams also earned All-American honors in the 3000m run run after placing fourth. Carter qualified for the mile and finished 10th to garner USTFCCCA All-America Second Team honors.

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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.