Five student-athletes gather seven indoor All-America honors from USTFCCCA

Five student-athletes gather seven indoor All-America honors from USTFCCCA

USTFCCCA RELEASE

NEW ORELEANS (March 16, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's track and field team totaled seven indoor All-American honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association following the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Five members of the ThunderWolves totaled the seven awards, as sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) each gathered two USTFCCCA All-America First Team honors with their performances individually and with the distance medley relay team. Completing the DMR squad was senior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.) and junior Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.). By finishing 12th in the 5000m run, junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) was named USTFCCCA All-America Second Team.

Staines highlighted the Pack by becoming a National Champion in the 800m run, the first indoor title in program history. He ran to a time of 1:47.23 to break the Division II national meet record and rank second all-time in Division II. Staines also was the lead runner (1200m) for the DMR to set the pace for the ThunderWolves, who would finish as the national runner-up. Their time was just 0.44 shy of the race winner and marked the third time in four seasons the the men's DMR has placed in the top three at the national meet. 

Williams gathered his fifth and sixth indoor All-American honors of his career with a fifth-place finish in the 3000m event and running the anchor leg (1600m) of the second-place DMR team. 

Both Vassell and Walker have been members of those three DMR teams to reach the podium and earn All-America recognition, while Laguera was making his debut at the indoor national meet. 

CSU-Pueblo totaled 22 points at the indoor championships to tie for ninth place, the best indoor finish in program history. The ThunderWolves have only recorded two top 10 finishes at an indoor or outdoor national meet, as the the 1967 squad finished seventh at the NCAA College Division outdoor nationals to claim the highest placing and the 1980 team was 10th at the NAIA Outdoor Championships. The Pack were the second highest scoring team among Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference institutions, as Adams State University was third. 

ALL-AMERICA BIOS

BIOS

LAGUERA

USTFCCCA All-America Second Team ... Finished 12th in the 5000m at the NCAA Championships with a time of 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. 

STAINES

National Champion in the 800m run with a time of 1:47.23 to break the Division II national meet record and rank second all-time in Division II ... NCAA All-American in the 800m and with the DMR, after the squad raced to a runner-up time of 9:41.84, just 0.44 seconds off the winning time ... National qualifier in the 800m and ran the 1200m 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).

VASSELL

NCAA All-American with the DMR after the squad raced to a runner-up time of 9:41.84, just 0.44 seconds off the winning time ... Ran 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.

WALKER

NCAA All-American with the DMR after the squad raced to a runner-up time of 9:41.84, just 0.44 seconds off the winning time ... Finished 13th in the 800m prelims with a time of 1:53.18 ... National qualifier in the 800m and ran the 800m 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.

WILLIAMS

NCAA All-American with the DMR after the squad raced to a runner-up time of 9:41.84, just 0.44 seconds off the winning time ... NCAA All-American in the 3000m with a time of 8:08.63, which placed fifth ... National Qualifier in the 3000m run and ran the 1600m leg (anchor) 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 Indoor Academic Athlete of the Year ... Academic All-RMAC First Team ... 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.