NCAA Outdoor Championships begin Thursday for six Pack athletes

NCAA Outdoor Championships begin Thursday for six Pack athletes

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PUEBLO, Colo. (May 23, 2017) - Six members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs are set to compete at the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 25-27 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

The Championships are co-hosted between IMG Academy and University of Tampa. The championships will be streamed live on NCAA.com each day.

Representing the men are senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the 1500m run, freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in the 800m and junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) in both the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m.

On the women's side for the ThunderWolves, senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) will run the 800m, junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) is set to compete in the 3000m steeplechase and senior Andrea Tuck (Canon City, Colo.) has qualified in the heptathlon.

Athletes listed below are in the order they will compete at the championships.

ANDREA TUCK

Tuck will get things started for the Pack, as the heptathlon begins Thursday at 9 a.m. MDT. Slated for the first day is the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m dash. Friday's final three events begin at 8:30 a.m. MDT with the long jump, javelin throw and 800m run. 

Tuck will be competing in the multi in her fourth consecutive trip to the national championships. She qualified this outdoor season with 5,049 points at the Mt. Sac Relays/California Invitational Multi (April 12-13). She ranks 10th heading to Florida. Tuck was 11th at last year's outdoor championships to earn USTFCCCA Second Team All-American recognition and is coming off an All-American performance at indoor nationals where she finished seventh. She was named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-South Central Region in the heptathlon and earned All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Second Team honors in the 100m hurdles. 

DANTE CARTER

Carter will be the first trackster to compete, as the 1500m preliminaries are scheduled for 4:10 p.m. MDT Thursday. Two heats of 10 athletes will run for 12 spots in Saturday's finals (3:45 p.m. MDT). The top four from each heat and the four next best times advance. Carter is in Heat 1 and owns the third fastest time in the group.

Carter recorded the only NCAA automatic time for the Pack this season, as he posted a converted time of 3:45.16 at the Colorado Invitational (April 8) to rank fifth in Division II. The senior returns to the outdoor championships after qualifying in the 800m run in 2015. This indoor season he earned All-American honors with the men's distance medley relay team and also qualified for nationals in the mile. Carter is a USTFCCCA All-Region and All-RMAC First Team performer in the 1500m.

MIRIAM ROBERTS

Roberts is set to complete in the preliminaries of the 3000m steeplechase at 5:25 p.m. MDT Thursday. The top four finishers in each of the two heats, plus the four next best times advance to Friday's finals (5:15 p.m. MDT). The junior will run in the second heat and is seeded eighth of 10 competitors. 

Roberts will be competing in her first outdoor championship race and first national individual event. She ran with the women's DMR at the indoor championships. Roberts recorded a qualifying time of 10:32.71 at the Bryan Clay Invite (April 13) to break the school steeplechase record. She ranks 15th in the championships field, which is made up of 21 athletes. She is an all-region performer in the steeplechase and was All-RMAC Second Team in both the 1500m and 5000m events.

DERRICK WILLIAMS

Williams will run in the 3000m steeplechase preliminary race Thursday at 5:55 p.m. MDT. Two heats of 10 will compete for 12 spots in Friday's final (5:30 p.m. MDT), as the top four in each heat and the four next best times advance. Williams will run in the first heat and owns the seventh fastest qualifying time in the group. 

The 5000m run is the second to last event of the championships and is slated for 6:30 p.m. MDT Saturday. This event just runs the finals, as 19 athletes make up the field. 

The junior ran to a qualifying time of 8:57.27 in the steeplechase at the CSU-Pueblo Open (April 2). He ranks 13th in the field. Williams ranks eighth nationally with his 5000m time of 14:03.66, which he ran at the Bryan Clay Invite (April 13). He was named all-region in both events and was crowned RMAC Champion in the steeplechase for the second consecutive year. 

Williams ran both events at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championship where he finished fourth in the steeple to earn All-American honors and was unable to finish the 5000m due to injury. Williams was an indoor All-American this season in the 3000m run (fourth) and with the men's DMR (third).

SYDNI RILEY

Riley will run the 800m preliminaries at 4:05 p.m. MDT Friday. Eight of the 22 athletes will advance to Saturday's final (4:55 p.m. MDT), as the top two athletes in each of the three heats, plus the next two fastest times move on. The senior wil run in Heat 3 and owns the fifth fastest time in the group. 

Riley's qualifying time came at the Bryan Clay Invite (April 14) when she ran to a school record mark of 2:08.93, which ranks 13th in the field. She is the reining RMAC Outdoor Champion in the 800m run and was also named all-region and all-conference first team in the event. Riley was also an all-region performer in the 400m dash.

She will be running at her first NCAA Outdoor Championships, but is no stranger to the national stage. Both Riley (800m) and Tuck (pentathlon) became the first NCAA indoor All-Americans in program history in March, as both placed seventh in their events.

THOMAS STAINES

Staines will run in the 800m preliminaries Friday at 4:20 p.m. MDT. Three heats will decide which eight of 19 athletes advance to Saturday's final (5:05 p.m. MDT). The top two finishers in each heat, plus the next two best times will move on. Staines is in the third heat and ranks third of six competitors. 

Staines ran to a converted time of 1:49.58 in the 800m race at the Colorado School of Mines Nature's Bakery Invite (April 22). He ranks eighth in the championships field. The freshman returns to the national stage after qualifying for the 800m run at the indoor championships.

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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.