NEW ORLEANS (May 30, 2017) - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its 2017 Outdoor Track and Field All-American awards Tuesday and in the process recognized four members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs.
USTFCCCA First Team All-America status was given by virtue of finishing among the top eight in each event at this past weekend's NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Bradenton, Florida. Second team honors were bestowed upon those finishing 9th through 12th in individual events, as well as finishing in 9th or 10th as a member of a relay team.
Gathering first team honors in both the 3000m steeplechase and the 5000m run was junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.). He finished fifth in the steeplechase and 24 hours later was sixth in the 5000m run. He owns nine NCAA All-American honors in his career at CSU-Pueblo with four coming during the outdoor season.
Williams was first in the steeplechase with 800m to go, but he clipped the first barrier on the final lap to lose his rhythm and finish fifth. He bounced back Saturday in the 5000m and was 11th through 3400m. With two laps remaining Williams was ninth, but would close on three athletes to finish sixth.
Senior Andrea Tuck (Cañon City, Colo.) earned her second straight USTFCCCA All-America Second Team honor, as she was 10th at the championships. In her final collegiate competition she recorded a personal best and school record point total of 5,070 in the heptathlon. Tuck was 11th at last year's outdoor championships.
She finished just 41 points out of eighth and a spot on the podium. She recorded two career marks Friday (javelin throw and 800m) and finished top eight in five of the seven events of the multi. The senior then capped her career with a second-place finish in the 800m run with a time of 2:18.15.
Senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) was named USTFCCCA All-America Second Team in the 800m, as she ran to a personal best and school record time of 2:08.17 in the preliminaries. She was seventh in the field of 23 athletes and 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 last spot in the finals.
Freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also gathered USTFCCCA Second Team All-America recognition in the 800m. He was 10th of 19 athletes with a preliminary time of 1:52.01. He finished fourth in the heat and missed qualifying for the finals by 1.16 seconds.
Williams scored seven points for the Pack men, as they finished tied for 36th at the NCAA Outdoor 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.