Williams earns third Academic Athlete of the Year honor; 17 gather academic honors

Williams earns third Academic Athlete of the Year honor; 17 gather academic honors

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 15, 2018) - Senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) led a group of 17 total Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field student-athletes on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic teams as the 2018 RMAC Indoor Male Academic Athlete of the Year.

Williams won his third straight track and field academic award, as he was named the indoor and outdoor academic athlete of the year in 2017. Williams was named to the Academic All-RMAC First Team, along with Paul Roberts (So., Boulder, Colo.) and Angelique Urenda (Sr., Pueblo. Colo.). Williams owns a 3.99 GPA, while majoring in biology (biomedical sciences) and EXHPR (general exercise science). Roberts has a 3.92 GPA in civil engineering technology. Urenda touts a 3.76 GPA in liberal studies. 

Eight members of the women's team and six Pack men's student-athletes were recognized on the honor roll team. 

The award winner, along with the other First Team All-Academic members, were voted on by the conference's sports information directors. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.
 
All student-athletes that meet those requirements, but were not voted First Team, automatically qualify for Honor Roll.

CSU-Pueblo Men's Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll

Alec Choury (So., Westminster, Colo., 3.99, Sociology - Criminology)
Tevin Donnell (Jr., Fountain, Colo., 3.31, Business Management)
Michael Duran (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo., 3.43, EXHPR - General Exercise Science)
Shawn Horne (Jr., Camp Casey, South Korea, 3.57, EXHPR - General Exercise Science)
Marcelo Laguera (Jr., Chihuahua, Mexico, 3.33, Civil Engineering Technology)
Dueth Vassell (Sr., Denver, Colo., 3.56, Biology - Biomedical Science)

CSU-Pueblo Women's Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll

Lauren Fairchild (So., McKinney, Texas, 3.62, Biology - Pre-Physical Therapy)
Allison Hebard (So., Fairbanks, Alaska, 3.30, Industrial Engineering)
Rachael Lopez (Sr., Fort Lupton, Colo., 3.53, EXHPR - General Exercise Science)
Gillian Maness (So., Kalispell, Mont., 3.85, Psychology and Foreign Language - Spanish)
Angelina Martin (So., Littleton, Colo., 3.51, Biology  - Pre-Veterinary Medicine)
Jenna McKinley (So., Mosca, Colo., 3.90, EXHPR  - Teacher Prep K-12)
Nikol Podlacha (So., USAF Academy, Colo., 3.60, Economics - Finance)
Miriam Roberts (Sr., Boulder, Colo., 3.57, EXHPR - General Exercise Science)

FIRST TEAM BIOS

WILLIAMS

All-American with the DMR, which finished second and as individual after placing fifth in the 3000m run ... National qualifier 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 Division 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 ... NCAA Elite 90 Award winner ... RMAC Summit Award winner ... RMAC Indoor Academic Athlelte of the Year ... Academic All-RMAC First Team.

ROBERTS

Recorded the 17th fastest time in NCAA Division II in the 3000m to just miss the national meet ... His top time was converted to 8:10.28 was 10th in a stacked distance region ... Academic All-RMAC First Team.  

URENDA

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 ... Academic All-RMAC First Team.  

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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.