COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 6, 2018) - Both the men's and women's Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs have been picked to finish fourth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Preseason Coaches' Poll. Four members of the teams were named Preseason All-RMAC by the league in an announcement Monday.
The men's team gathered 83 points to finish fourth in the poll. Colorado School of Mines was the favorite with 114 points and eight first-place votes. Adams State University was second with 109 points and two first-place votes, while University of Colorado Colorado Springs was third with a first-place nod and 93 points.
The women totaled 118 points in the poll, which was led by Adams State (162 points and nine first-place votes). UCCS was second with three first-place votes and 146 points, while Western State Colorado University was third with 124 points.
For the women, senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) was honored as preseason all-conference after she was named All-RMAC First Team in two events at the league indoor championships. She will compete in the pole vault at the NCAA Division II National Championships, set for March 9-10. She was the RMAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
On the men's side, all three Preseason All-RMAC selections will compete at the indoor championships this weekend, both as individuals and as members of the distance medley relay team.
Sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was a national qualifier in 800m run at last year's outdoor Championships. He has qualified in the event in all three seasons he has been a member of the Pack. He was named USTFCCCA and RMAC Track Athlete of the Year for the indoor season.
Junior Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.) gathered preseason honors and will also run in the 800m run this weekend. He redshirted last outdoor season, but was a national qualifier in the 800m in 2016.
Finally, senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) got the preseason nod heading into his final outdoor collegiate season. He will run with the DMR and in the 3000m run this weekend. He is the three-time RMAC Champion in the 3000m steeplechase and was an All-American in the event last season. He also gathered All-American status in the 5000m run at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The ThunderWolves will begin the 2018 outdoor season with the CSU-Pueblo Early Bird Meet March 16-17 at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. After a week off, the Pack will continue the season with their second and final home meet, the CSU-Pueblo Spank Blasing Meet, March 30-31.
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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.