NEW ORLEANS (March 5, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) has been named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Central Region Male Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, in a release from the organization Monday.
Staines ran the fastest 800m time in NCAA Division II this indoor season and posted NCAA automatic or provisional times in five different events. He will compete in 800m run and with the distance medley relay team March 9-10 at the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.
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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).
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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.