Williams advances to steeple final; Tuck sits 11th in the heptathlon

Williams advances to steeple final; Tuck sits 11th in the heptathlon

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BRADENTON, Fla. (May 25, 2017) - Senior Andrea Tuck (Cañon City, Colo.) is 11th after four events of the heptathlon, while junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) advanced to the steeplechase final, as the the Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs competed at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday.

Tuck was the first of four ThunderWolves to compete on day one of the championships, held at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. She started the day finishing seventh in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.46 to score 914 points. The senior then leaped a height of 1.57m in the high jump to score 666 points and finish 15th.

Tuck continued on to the shot put where she finished fifth on a throw that traveled 11.38m to score 620 points. Finally, Tuck was sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 25.79. The effort scored 816 points for a four-event total of 3,016, which is good for 11th. The final three events (long jump, javelin throw, 800m) begin at 10:30 a.m. MDT Friday.

Williams recorded a time of 9:00.10 to finish second in heat one of the 3000m steeplechase. He placed second in the heat and fifth overall to automatically qualify for Friday's finals, which is set for 5:30 p.m. MDT.

Competing in her first NCAA track championships as an individual, junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) ran to a solid time off 10:37.86, just five seconds off her personal best. Unfortunately, the time was just under four seconds behind the 12th and final spot for the finals. She was sixth in the first heat, but 13th overall. She entered the race ranked 15th.

Finally, senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.) competed in his final race as a member of the Pack. He ran to a time of 3:55.17 in the 1500m run, which was seventh in his heat and 17th overall.

In addition to Williams, senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) and freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will run in the 800m Friday. Riley will run at 4:05 p.m. MDT, followed by Staines at 4:20 p.m. MDT.

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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.