GOLDEN, Colo. (February 23, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) was crowned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champion in the pole vault to guide the men's and women's programs on day one of the RMAC Championships Friday in Golden, Colorado,
Urenda broke the RMAC record with a vault of 3.89m to establish a strong NCAA provisional mark that should grant her a spot at the NCAA Championships in two weeks. The previous conference highwater mark was 3.83m, set by Lauren Graham of University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2011. Her previous personal best, which was also a school record was 3.70m.
She scored 10 team points to help guide the Pack to 16 points on day one to sit eighth. The ThunderWolves women's distance medley relay team ran to a NCAA provisional time of 12:12.95 to finish third and score the other six points. The foursome was made up of Gillian Maness (So., Kalispell, Mont.), Yasmine Hernandez (Fr., Johnson, Colo.), Nicole Bouma (Fr., Kalispell, Mont.) and Miriam Roberts (Sr., Boulder, Colo.). The squad will get about 25 seconds off their time with conversions to create a season best mark.
The men gathered eight points on day one to rank ninth. The DMR was the highlight, as they finished third with an NCAA provisional time of 10:16.2. The group was comprised of Michael Duran (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.), Thomas Staines (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Devundrick Walker (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) and Derrick Williams (Sr., Columbia Falls, Mont.).
The other two points of the day came from Alec Choury (So., Westminster, Colo.) finishing eighth in the 5000m run with a time of 15:37.33. Senior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) was eighth in the long jump with his top leap reaching 6.91m.
A handful of Pack athlete from both teams qualified for the finals in the sprint races and will compete in the finals Saturday. On day two, the multi events begin at 8:30 a.m. with the field events starting at 9 a.m. with the men's shot put. The gun goes off for the track events at 11:30 a.m. with the mile.
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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.