PUEBLO, Colo. (February 22, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs will compete at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 23-24 in Golden, Colorado.
The championships are hosted by Colorado School of Mines and are set to begin at 9 a.m. Friday with the weight throw. The multi events will start up at 11:15 a.m., while the track events are slated to begin at 1 p.m. with the 5000m run. Events on the first day culminate with the running of the distance medley relay beginning at 7:35 p.m. Saturday the multi events begin at 8:30 a.m. the field events start at 9 a.m. with the men's shot put and track events get started at 11:30 a.m. with the mile.
The men's team enters the championships ranked No. 8 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national computerized rankings. The ThunderWolves finished last year's indoor meet in fifth place and crowned one individual champ and two relay champions. Devundrick Walker (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) was a three-time champion last year and will defend his 800m title, while also participating with both champion 4x400m relay and distance medley relay teams.
Senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) will run the anchor leg of the DMR and also run the mile where he owns an NCAA automatic time to rank sixth nationally. Sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is set to compete in the mile where he has a provisional time that ranks 13th in Division II. He will also help defend the titles of the 4x400m and DMR teams.
Sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) and junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) will both just focus on the 3000m run, as they sit on the bubble of qualifying for the national championships. Roberts currently ranks 17th, while Laguera is 20th in Division II in the event.
Senior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.) will need to shave some time of his 400m time to try and qualify for the national meet. He currently holds the 34th best time in Division II.
In field events, senior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) will compete in both the long jump and triple jump. He has NCAA provisional marks in both events and ranks 26th nationally in the triple jump and 29th in the long jump.
For the women, the squad is made up of a lot of freshman making their first appearance at the indoor championships. Last season the Pack finished fifth overall with one champion and a group of runner-up finishes.
The upperclassmen will lead the way, as senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) will compete for championships in the pole vault and high jump. She has the best mark in the RMAC this season in the pole vault and currently ranks 17th nationally. The 2016 RMAC Indoor High Jump Champion will bring the third best (tied) high jump this season to Golden.
Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) and sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) both have NCAA times in the 3000m run and will run the race at the championships. M. Roberts has the 19th fastest time in Division II this season, while Maness ranks 45th. The women's DMR was runner-up at the indoor championships a season ago.
The ThunderWolves also look to try and qualify their DMR. The team of Maness, Yasmine Hernandez (Fr., Johnson, Colo.), Nicole Bouma (Fr., Kalispell, Mont.) and M. Roberts have the 25th fastest time this season (21st among A squads), but will need to run faster to qualify for the national championships.
In the long jump, sophomore Lauren Fairchild (McKinney, Texas) will attempt to improve on her NCAA provisional mark that ranks 26th.
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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.