Pack total five NCAA provisional marks in dual with Mines


GOLDEN, Colo. (December 2, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field program got the 2017-18 indoor season started Friday with a dual at Colorado School of Mines at Steinhauer Fieldhouse in Golden.

The ThunderWolves totaled five NCAA Provisional marks, guided by junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) on the men's side and newcomer Angelique Urenda (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) for the women.

Fresh off All-American honors at the cross country championships, Laguera ran the 5000m run in a converted time of 14:07.51 to narrowly miss an NCAA Division II automatic mark (14:06.70).

Urenda became the new school record holder in the pole vault with a mark of 11 feet and 8.5 inches (3.57m), which just met the NCAA provisional mark. She also nearly broke the program high jump record, as she posted a leap of 5' 4.25'' (1.63m). The Division II provisional height is 1.67m.

Also in the field events for the women, sophomore Lauren Fairchild (McKinney, Texas) just cleared the provisional mark in the long jump with a leap of 18' 6'' (5.64m). Last year, her best indoor jump was 5.66m. 

In the men's long jump, senior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) also established an NCAA provisional jump with a leap of 23' 6.75'' (7.18m).  He also competed in the triple jump and recorded a mark of 45' 10'' (13.97m).

The final NCAA time came from sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who was an indoor and outdoor national qualifier as a freshman. He ran the 800m race in a converted time of 1:52.57. Last year his national qualifying time was 1:51.44.

Scores were calculated for the two teams, as the women lost by the score of 69-61, while the men fell 99-39.

Many other personal bests were recorded and ideally be improved upon Dec. 8-9 when the Pack head back to Golden for the Mines Alumni Multi.

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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.