PUEBLO, Colo. (March 15, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs will host the CSU-Pueblo Early Bird Meet March 16-17 at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl to open the 2018 outdoor season.
The schedule Friday consists of the men's and women's hammer throw and javelin throw beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, the running events start the day with the 5000m run at 10 a.m. The field events begin at 11 a.m. with the long jump and high jump. The throws area will see action at 11 a.m. with the discus and shot put. The last event on the track is scheduled for 3:55 p.m. with the women's 4x400m relay.
The ThunderWolves welcome 11 teams to the ThunderBowl, mostly from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference: Adams State, Colorado Christian, Colorado College, Colorado Mines, CSU-Pueblo, Fort Lewis, MSU Denver, New Mexico Highlands, Trinidad State JC, UCCS and Western State.
The Pack men are coming off their best performance ever at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, as they tied for ninth. Most of those athletes will rest after competing last weekend. Highlighting the men will be senior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.), an All-American with the distance medley relay team and the RMAC Indoor Champion in the 400m dash. Junior Tevin Donnell (Fountain, Colo.) will run the 100m and 200m dash events after finishing second in the 200m at the RMAC Indoor Championships. Senior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) will compete in the jumps events after recording NCAA marks in both the long jump and triple jump during the indoor season.
The women's team finished seventh at the RMAC Championships and are looking for a good start to the outdoor season. Highlighting the Pack this weekend is national qualifier and RMAC Indoor Champion pole vaulter Angelique Urenda (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.), as she will compete Saturday in the pole vault. Sophomore Lauren Fairchild (McKinney, Texas) will run in the 100m and 200m dash events, with the 4x400m relay and in the long jump. She had a provisional mark in the long jump during the indoor season. Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) had NCAA provisional times in the mile and 3000m run during indoor. In the throws arena, sophomore Jenna McKinley (Mosca, Colo.) was fourth in the shot put at the RMAC Championships to just miss a podium spot.
The Pack will have next weekend off before hosting again March 30-31. The CSU-Pueblo Spank Blasing Meet will bring in more teams and highlight all the ThunderWolves athletes.
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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.