Staines ranks top 10 nationally in 800m

Staines ranks top 10 nationally in 800m


GOLDEN, Colo. (April 23, 2017) - Freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) guided the Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs at the Colorado School of Mines Nature's Bakery Invitational at the Stermole Track in Golden, Colorado Saturday.

Staines ran to a time of 1:50.39 in the 800m run. His winning time was converted to 1:49.58, which is an NCAA Division II provisional time that ranks sixth nationally. He was .58 off the auto mark.

Also in the 800m for the men, who rank No. 26 nationally, was Dante Carter (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.). He posted an NCAA time of 1:51.77 to rank 23rd nationally.

Junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) ran his first 1500m race this season and recorded an NCAA provisional mark. The converted time of 3:49.21 was good for second.

The ThunderWolves added four more event victories, as both the 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams posted wins. The winning time in the 4x400m was 3:18.06, which was covered by Ron Sweeten (Jr., Falcon, Colo.), Staines, Dueth Vassell (Jr., Denver, Colo.) and Shawn Horne (So., Camp Casey, South Korea).

Sweeten and Horne ran the same legs in the 4x100m relay with Tevin Donnell (So., Fountain, Colo.) and Bradley Ransome (Jr., Castle Pines, Colo.) joining in. The foursome posted a time of 41.34.

Sweeten also won the long jump with his top leap covering 7.03m. He was third in the triple jump with a mark of 13.95m.

Freshman Logan Morley (Bigfork, Mont.) was first in the 5000m run with a time of 15:24.60.

Horne ran to a second place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 48.33, while Jacob Smith (So., Strasburg, Colo.) was third in the javelin with a heave of 42.86m.

The Pack women totaled four event wins and two NCAA marks. Senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) was first in the 400m run with an NCAA provisional mark of 55.76. Her time was converted to 55.87, which ranks 29th in NCAA Division II. Junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) won the 5000m run with a time of 17:44.31, which converted is 17:09.38 to rank 30th nationally.

Riley anchored the winning 4x400m relay team of Tatianna Clanton (Jr., Colordo Springs, Colo.), Lauren Fairchild (Fr., McKinney, Texas) and Taliah Burney (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.). They ran a 3:55.67 relay.

Clanton also won the 200m dash with a time of 24.85 and was second in the 100m dash, as she finished in 12.11.

Second in the 200m race was Fairchild, as she ran a 26.37. She bested Clanton in the long jump for the first time this season with a leap of 5.66m to finish second. Clanton was fourth with her long jump going 5.60m.

Burney was second in the 400m race with a time of 56.67. Fellow freshman Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) also posted a second-place finish when she crossed the finish line of the 3000m steeplechase in 12:12.08.

Also recording a top three finish was senior Makenna Linn (Bennett, Colo.) in the triple jump with a leap of 10.89m. Sophomore Nikol Podlacha (USAF Academy, Colo.) was third in the hammer with a toss of 49.87m.

The event was the final tune-up for the Pack before the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships, set for May 7-9 at the Mountaineer Bowl in Gunnison, Colorado.

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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.