Williams recognized as RMAC Outdoor Academic Athlete of the Year; 13 total honored

Williams recognized as RMAC Outdoor Academic Athlete of the Year; 13 total honored


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 15, 2017) - Junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was selected as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Academic Athlete of the Year Monday, as the league office released its outdoor academic awards. Williams guided three others from the Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs on the Academic All-RMAC First Team.

Joining Williams on the first team were Dante Carter (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.), Bailey Hughes (Sr., Bigfork, Mont.) and Sydni Riley (Sr., Florissant, Colo.). Nine more student-athletes gathered Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll laurels.

Williams was also the RMAC Indoor Track and Field Academic Athlete of the Year.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.

All student-athletes that meet those requirements, but were not voted first team by the league's sports information directors, automatically qualify for the honor roll.

CSU-Pueblo Men's Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll

Name (Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major)
Shawn Horne (So., Camp Casey, South Korea, 3.62, EXHPR - General Exercise Science)
Zach Retzlaff (Fr., Pueblo West, Colo., 3.44, Engineering)
Dueth Vassell (Jr., Denver, Colo., 3.47, Biology - Biomedical Sciences)

CSU-Pueblo Women's Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll

Name (Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major)
Makenna Linn (Sr., Bennett, Colo., 3.93, Business Management)
Jordan Mathes (Sr., Boise, Idaho, 3.33, Business Administration - MBA)
Nikol Podlacha (So., USAF Academy, Colo., 3.56, Pre-Business)
Miriam Roberts
(So., Boulder, Colo., 3.49, EXHPR - General Exercise Science)
Catherine Tiona (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo., 3.86, Psychology)
Erica Wuenschel (Sr., Leadville, Colo., 3.33, Business Administration - MBA)



Academic All-RMAC for XC, Indoor and Outdoor Track...Indoor All-American with the men's DMR (finished third)...Finished as the second CSU-Pueblo runner (44th) at the NCAA XC Championships to help the squad to 9th...Recorded an auto time to qualify for indoor nationals in the mile...Owns an NCAA auto time in the 1500m for outdoors...All-Region and All-RMAC for XC and track...Also has outdoor provisional marks in the 800m and 5000m.


NCAA Elite 90 Award Winner at Indoor Championships (Also 2016 Outdoor Elite 90 Winner)...RMAC Academic Runner of the Year for Indoor and Outdoor track seasons...Academic All-RMAC First Team for XC and Track...2x All-American Indoors in the 3000m (fourth) and with the men's DMR (third)...All-Region and All-RMAC for XC and track...2017 RMAC Champion with the DMR...2017 RMAC Steeplechase Champion...Owns three NCAA outdoor provisional marks with two in the top 15.


2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District...Academic All-RMAC First Team XC, Indoor and Outdoor Track...All-Region in XC (18th at regional meet) and Indoor Track (DMR)...Helped XC to best nationals finish in program history (16th)...Indoor national qualifier with DMR (11th) and in the 3000m (16th)...All-RMAC XC and Indoor Track...Owns NCAA outdoor provisional top 30 time in the 10,000m run.


Academic All-RMAC First Team for Indoor and Outdoor Track...2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District...Indoor All-American in the 800m run after finishing 7th...3x Indoor All-Region and All-RMAC (800m, 4x400m, DMR)...Indoor national qualifier with the DMR (11th)...RMAC Outdoor Champion in the 800m...Owns NCAA outdoor provisional times in the 400m, 800m and 1500m.

The ThunderWolves will learn which athletes will be attending the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships Tuesday when the selections are released by the NCAA.

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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.