Carter's automatic time guides five NCAA marks at CU Invitational

Carter's automatic time guides five NCAA marks at CU Invitational


PUEBLO, Colo. (April 9, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs continued the outdoor season Friday and Saturday at the University of Colorado Invitational in Boulder, Colorado. The Pack men finished fourth, while the women were sixth as a team, as the ThunderWolves totaled five NCAA marks.

The men's team was fourth of 15 schools, which included five NCAA Division I programs. Three student-athletes recorded NCAA marks, as senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.) posted an NCAA Division II automatic time in the 1500m run. The women were sixth of 14 institutions with two provisional times in the 1500m.

Carter finished fourth in the 1500m behind three runners from Colorado, but his time of 3:50.66 was converted to 3:45.16 to post an NCAA Division II automatic time and rank second in the nation. He was a national qualifier in the mile and 800m run during the indoor season.

Freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) knocked off a second from his already NCAA provisional time in the 800m. He posted his second consecutive win in the event with a time of 1:51.33, which was converted to 1:50.63 to rank 10th in NCAA Division II.

Sophomore Shawn Horne (Camp Casey, South Korea) recorded a personal best time of 47.42 in the 400m dash to win the event. His converted time of 47.53 is an NCAA provisional mark that ranks 11th in the country. Junior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.) ran to third in the event with a time of 48.62.

Also on the men's side, junior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) won the triple jump with a mark of 14.39m, which was his personal best in the outdoor season. He was also fifth in the long jump with a leap of 6.89m.

The men's 4x400 meter relay team finished second, as Sweeten, Horne, Staines and Vassell ran the race in 3:17.99.

For the women, the 1500m run was the highlight as senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) and junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) posted NCAA provisional times. Riley ran to a fifth place finish in 4:39.14, which was converted to 4:32.48 to rank 21st nationally. Roberts was sixth in the race, as she ran to a 4:39.39, which was converted to 4:32.73 to rank 22nd in Division II.

The women's 4x400m relay team finished second behind host Colorado with a time of 3:52.80. The foursome was made up of Tatianna Clanton (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Taliah Burney (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Andrea Tuck (Sr., Canon City, Colo.) and Riley.

In the women's 3000m race, senior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) ran to a time of 10:24.02, which was good for third.

Clanton lead the field athletes with a fourth place finish in the long jump. She recorded a long mark of 5.58m.

Back to the track, the 4x100 meter relay squad was fifth with a time of 47.44. The group was made up of Tuck, Lauren Fairchild (Fr., McKinney, Texas), Burney and Clanton.

Tuck was sixth in the 100m hurdles, as she ran to a time of 14.43.

The ThunderWolves continue action April 12-15 in California at a couple different venues, including the Bryan Clay Invitational at the Cougar Athletic Stadium in Azusa, California.

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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.