Seven individuals gather 10 total USTFCCCA All-Region awards

Seven individuals gather 10 total USTFCCCA All-Region awards


NEW ORLEANS (February 27, 2018) - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its All-Region honorees for the 2017-18 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field season Monday and in the process recognized seven members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's programs. 

The men had six individuals total nine all-region awards, while the women were represented by senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) in the pole vault. Sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the way with honors in three events, the 400m dash, 800m run and with the distance medley relay team. Senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was named all-region in the mile and with the DMR. Completing the DMR squad were senior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.) and junior Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.). Junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) received the award for his time in the 5000m, while senior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) gathered the honor in the long jump. 

The top 5 individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions' top 3 relay teams. The regions used for this award – Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast and West – match those used during the cross country season.

The Pack men ranked No. 8 nationally in the latest USTFCCCA national poll. They finished fifth at the RMAC Championships, where Vassell (400m) and Walker (800m) were crowned champions. 

The women's team was seventh at the RMAC Championships, guided by Urenda's conference record mark in the pole vault that handed her the title. 

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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