PUEBLO, Colo. (February 11, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs gathered 10 NCAA Provisional marks and multiple event victories at the GVSU Big Meets and ASU National Qualifier Meet Friday and Saturday.
The ThunderWolves spilt their squads, as eight men and two women traveled to the GVSU Big Meet, which were two separate meets Friday and Saturday, hosted by Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Those 10 athletes combined for nine NCAA provisional times in the two days.
For the seventh-ranked men, sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ran the 400m dash in 47.58 to win the race and rank fifth in NCAA Division II. He was also one of three student-athletes to record provisional times and finish top 10 in the mile Friday. Senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) won the race with a time of 4:03.20. Staines was second, as he crossed the finish line in 4:05.85 and ranks 11th nationally. Freshman Michael Duran (Pueblo, Colo.) won his heat and was 10th overall with a time of 4:10.24.
Duran won the 800m run Saturday with a time of 1:53.01, good for his second provisional time of the weekend. Williams was second in that race, as he crossed the finish line at 1:53.36.
Junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) posted a time of 14:25.37 in the 5000m run Friday for a provisional time that won his heat and placed fourth overall. In the 400m dash Friday, senior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.) ran a provisional mark of 48.47 to win his head and finish sixth overall.
On the women's side at GVSU, senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) recorded a provisional time in the 3000m run with a time of 9:50.91 to rank 16th in NCAA Division II. She then helped the distance medley relay team to a provisional time of 11:54.53 to finish sixth in the race and rank 17th nationally. The foursome was made up of Gillian Maness (So., Kalispell, Mont.), Yasmine Hernandez (Fr., Johnstown, Colo.), Nicole Bouma (Fr., Kalispell, Mont.) and Roberts.
ASU National Qualifier
The women collected a pair of event victories, an NCAA provisional mark and a slew of top three finishes. Senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) led the way with a provisional mark in the pole vault at 3.57m. She was second in the event to an unattached athlete. She tied for first in the high jump with a leap of 1.55m and ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay to help guide the Pack to a win. The foursome of Lauren Fairchild (So., McKinney, Texas), Kayana Casias (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.), Hailey Streff (Madison, S.D.) and Urenda clocked a time of 4:15.98 to win the race.
Fairchild ran a season best time in the 200m dash to finish second as she crossed the finish line in 25.99. She was third in the long jump, with a best leap of 5.40m. Streff ran a personal best time of 2:27.16 in the 800m run to finish as runner-up.
Freshman Ashley Polk (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was second in the 5000m run with a time of 20:25.61. To round out the top three finishers at the meet, sophomore Nikol Podlacha (USAF Academy, Colo.) recorded a mark of 14.95m in the weight throw.
For the men, the ThunderWolves totaled six top three finishes. Leading the way with three was junior Tevin Donnell (Fountain, Colo.). He ran to a season best time of 6.97 in the 60m dash to finish second and then was third in the 200m dash with a time of 22.29, also a season best. He also helped the 4x400m relay team finish second. The group was made up of Shawn Horne (Jr., Camp Casey, South Korea), Donnell, AJ Marcus (Fr., Loveland, Colo.) and Jordan Whitley (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.).
Horne was second in the 400m dash with a time of 49.44.
In field events, Whitley was second in the long jump with a leap of 6.97m. Junior Jacob Smith (Strasburg, Colo.) was second in the pole vault, as he recorded a mark of 3.97m.
The weekend was the final tune-up for the ThunderWolves before the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. The meet is scheduled for Feb. 23-24 at the Steinhauer Fieldhouse in Golden, Colo., hosted by Colorado School of Mines.
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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.