COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 1, 2018) - The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced its annual yearly awards for the indoor track and field season Thursday and in the process honored Colorado State University-Pueblo sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as the RMAC Male Track Athlete of the Year and senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) as the RMAC Female Field Athlete of the Year. Ten members of the ThunderWolves totaled 11 All-RMAC honors.
Staines ran the fastest 800m time in all Division II this season and totaled an NCAA automatic or provisional time in five different events (400m, 800m, mile, 4x400m relay and DMR). Urenda was the RMAC Champion in the pole vault after posting a conference record of 3.89m at the championship meet. She also tied for the title in the high jump, but finished second due to misses.
To earn All-RMAC First Team honors, an athlete had to finish in the top two of their event at the RMAC Championships last weekend in Golden, Colorado. All-RMAC Second Team awards were handed out to third and fourth place finishers in each event. The top two relay teams were also recognized.
Urenda was the lone All-RMAC First Team member for the women, as she gained the honor in both the pole vault and high jump. Gathering second team recognition were Lauren Fairchild (So., McKinney, Texas) in the 200m dash, Miriam Roberts (Sr., Boulder, Colo.) in the 3000m run and Jenna McKinley (So., Mosca, Colo.) in the shot put.
Six members of the No. 11 ThunderWolves men's squad were all-conference. Senior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.) and junior Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.) were named All-RMAC First team after earning RMAC Championships in the 400m and 800m events, respectfully. Junior Tevin Donnell (Fountain, Colo.) was also a first teamer with his runner-up finish in the 200m dash. Finally, Staines was All-RMAC First team recipient with a second place finish in the mile and senior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) was runner-up in the triple jump.
Junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) finished fourth in the 3000m run to earn All-RMAC Second Team honors.
National qualifier in the 800m and will run the 800m leg of the DMR ... USTFCCCA All-Region (400m, 800m, DMR) ... RMAC Track Athlete of the Year ... All-RMAC First Team in the mile ... Ran to the fastest 800m time in NCAA Division II and the third fastest time in the division's history at the Colorado Invitational (Feb. 3) ... His time of 1:47.82 was converted to 1:47.12, an automatic mark that also established a school record and earned Staines not only RMAC Runner of the Week honors, but USTFCCCA National Runner of the Week recognition ... The DMR ran a converted time of 9:46.78 at the Mines D-II Invite & Multi, an automatic time that enters the national championships fourth in Division II ... Also established a NCAA provisional time (9th nationally) and school record in the 400m dash with a time of 47.58 at the GVSU Big Meet - Saturday (Feb. 10) ... Had the 15th fastest mile this season with a provisional time of 4:05.85 at the GVSU Big Meet - Friday (Feb. 9).
National qualifier in the pole vault ... USTFCCCA All-Region (Pole Vault) ... RMAC Field Athlete of the Year ... All-RMAC First Team in the pole vault and high jump ... RMAC Champion in the pole vault after setting a new conference and school record with a vault of 3.89m (12' 9") ... Owns the eighth best mark in the nation and the best in the region ... Was second in the high jump at the RMAC Championships with a mark 1.65m to tie the school record and rank ninth in the region.
The CSU-Pueblo track and field programs will send five men and one woman to the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships, set for March 9-10 at Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.
The ThunderWolves men rank No. 11 entering the championships. The men's distance medley relay team has secured All-American honors and a top three finish in two of the last three championships. This year's group has three returning runners from those teams, as the squad is made up of Devundrick Walker (Jr., Aurora, Colo.), Dueth Vassell (Sr., Denver, Colo.), Thomas Staines (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Derrick Williams (Sr., Columbia Falls, Mont.). Walker and Staines will also run the 800m event, while Williams is set to compete in the 3000m run where he is a two-time indoor All-American. Finally on the men's side, cross country All-American Marcelo Laguera (Jr., Chihuahua, Mexico) will compete in the 5000m run.
For the women's team, senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) has qualified for the pole vault after setting an RMAC record in the event and winning the title at the RMAC Championships.
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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.