BRADENTON, Florida (May 26, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) gathered his eighth career All-American honor as a member of the Pack when he finished fifth in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Williams ran to a time of 8:55:69 to finish fifth in the race. His time was just 0.27 seconds off his career best performance. The junior took the lead with two laps to go and was second at the bell, but a small slipup on the first hurdle of the last lap messed with his rhythm and he closed the race in fifth.
Williams has earrned eight All-American honors with the ThunderWolves, which includes outdoor awards in the 1500m run in 2015 and in the steeplechase last season.
The highly decorated student-athlete isn't finished, as he will go for his ninth award Saturday in the 5000m run. The race includes 19 athletes and is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. MDT. He is the only member of the ThunderWolves running Saturday.
Senior Andrea Tuck (Cañon City, Colo.) totaled a personal best point total of 5,070 in the heptathlon to finish just 41 points out of eighth and a spot on the podium. She recorded two career marks Friday and finished top eight in five of the seven events of the multi.
She started the day placing 13th in the long jump with her best leap going 5.35m. Her toss of 33.78m in the javelin throw was a personal best that finished eighth.
The senior then capped her career with another personal mark, as she crossed the finish line in second of the 800m run with a time of 2:18.15.
Senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) ran to a personal best time of 2:08.17 in the 800m to finish seventh in the field of 23 athletes. Her time was good enough to put her in the finals, but there were two runners behind her that earned automatic qualifying times by finishing top two in their heats. Riley was fifth in her heat, which advanced four athletes, and was 0.27 seconds off of earning the final spot in the finals.
Freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also competed in the 800m and was 10th of 19 athletes with a time of 1:52.01. He finished fourth in the heat and missed qualifying for the finals by 1.16 seconds.
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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.