Williams crowned back-to-back champ in steeple; Day 2 schedule altered due to weather

Williams crowned back-to-back champ in steeple; Day 2 schedule altered due to weather



GUNNISON, Colo. (May 8, 2017) - In between lightning and weather delays, junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) earned his second consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship in the 3000m steeplechase, as the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs competed on day two of the RMAC Outdoor Championships.

Williams finished the race in 9:27.17, as he pulled away with 200m remaining and finished just 0.32 seconds ahead of second and 0.44 in advance of third. The junior became a back-to-back champion, as he won the same event at the 2016 RMAC Championships.

Lightning caused havoc on the schedule during the late morning and early afternoon in Gunnison, Colorado. The men's and women's steeplechase was the lone track event completed before a third lightning delay in the afternoon forced the preliminary track events to be scratched with Wednesday's third and final day to feature finals only. Field events will also resume Wednesday.

In the women's steeple, freshman Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) scored two points for the Pack, as she finished seventh in a time of 12:07.67. The newcomer had only run about a handful of steeplechase races in her short career and with about 200m to go, Mannes fell attempting to leap the final hurdle before the water pit. She quickly recovered and passed two runners in the final stretch to finish seventh.

Through five events, the women's team owns 18 points for fourth, while the men's squad has 14 points to sit tied for seventh.

Due to the schedule changes, tomorrow's start time of the track events has been moved up to 11 a.m. Field events will begin at 9 a.m.

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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.