PUEBLO (March 8, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs have five men and one woman set to compete at the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships March 9-10 at Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Pittsburg State University and the Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau will serve as co-hosts of the championships. The championships will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
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. She will get things started for CSU-Pueblo, as the pole vault will begin at 2:30 p.m. MST. She enters the event with the 12th best mark this season.
The ThunderWolves men rank No. 12 entering the championships in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.
Devundrick Walker (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) and Thomas Staines (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) get things going for the Pack men, as they both will run in the 800m prelims, scheduled for 3:40 p.m. MST. Staines will run in heat 1, while Walker is in heat 2. To advance to Saturday's final they will have to finish in the top two of their respective heats or run one of the next four fastest times. Staines ran to the fastest time in NCAA Division II this season, which was third all-time in the division. Walker is seeded seventh of eight in his heat.
Cross country All-American Marcelo Laguera (Jr., Chihuahua, Mexico) will compete in the 5000m run at 4:55 MST. The race is the final, so he will need to finish top eight in the field of 19 athletes. He owns the seventh fastest time in the group.
The men's distance medley relay team has secured All-American honors and a top three finish in two of the last three championships. The group has three returning runners from those teams, as the squad is made up of Walker, Dueth Vassell (Sr., Denver, Colo.), Staines and Derrick Williams (Sr., Columbia Falls, Mont.).
The DMR has the second fastest seed time and will round out the action on day 1 of the championships with the race scheduled to begin at 5:40 p.m. MST.
Williams will also compete the 3000m run Saturday. That race is slated to begin at 6:05 p.m. MST. He enters with the 11th fastest seed time in the event.
National qualifier in the 5000m ... USTFCCCA All-Region (5000m) ... All-RMAC Second Team in the 3000m ... Fresh off All-American honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, Laguera ran the 5000m race in a converted time of 14:07.51 at the Mines vs. CSU-Pueblo dual Dec. 1 ... The NCAA provisional time was just off the auto mark and held up all season long to rank as the eighth fastest time in Division II this season ... Also had a NCAA provisional time in the 3000m ... Ran a converted time of 8:11.26 at the Colorado Invitational (Feb. 1) that finished the regular season ranked 22nd in Division II.
National qualifier in the 800m and will run the 800m leg of the DMR ... USTFCCCA South Central Region Track Athlete of the Year ... 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 ... Was second in the high jump at the RMAC Championships.
Will compete in the 400m leg of the DMR ... USTFCCCA All-Region (DMR) ... 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 ... All-RMAC First Team in the 400m ... RMAC Champion in the 400m dash with a time of 49.9 ... Recorded a top time of 48.24 (converted) this season at the Colorado Invitational (Feb. 3) ... The NCAA provisional time ranked as the 37th fastest time in Division II.
National qualifier in the 800m and will run the 1200m leg of the DMR ... USTFCCCA All-Region (DMR) ... All-RMAC First Team in the 800m ... RMAC Champion in the 800m with a time of 1:54.24 ... His fastest 800m converted time went for 1:50.84 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational (Jan. 20) ... The NCAA provisional time ranks 16th entering the national championships ... 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.
National Qualfier in the 3000m run and will compete in the 1600m leg of the DMR ... USTFCCCA All-Region (mile, DMR) ... Ran an NCAA provisional converted time of 8:07.79 at the Mines D-II Invite & Multi (Jan. 26) to rank 11th in Divsion II ... 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 ... Posted an NCAA automatic time in the mile with a mark of 4:01.79 at Colorado Invitational (Feb. 2) that finished the regular season seventh ... Also had a NCAA provisional time in the 800m run ... RMAC Summit Award winner.
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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.