PUEBLO, Colo. (March 29, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs will host the Spank Blasing Meet March 30-31 at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. The men's program enters the weekend ranked No. 25 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.
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 10,000m run at 9:30 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 4:05 p.m. with the men's 4x400m relay, followed by the women.
The ThunderWolves welcome 14 collegiate teams to the ThunderBowl, mostly from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference: Adams State, Chadron State, Colorado College, Colorado Mesa, CSU-Pueblo, Fort Lewis, Johnson & Wales (Colo.), MSU Denver, New Mexico Highlands, Regis, Trinidad State JC, UCCS, Western State and Wisconsin-Parkside.
The Pack last competed at the CSU-Pueblo Early Bird Meet, which was highlighted by the 4x400m relay for the men. The men's 4x400m established a new school record and posted an NCAA provisional time of 3:10.21 that still stands as the fastest in Division II this season. The group was made up of junior Shawn Horne(Camp Casey, South Korea), junior Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.), senior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.) and sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.). All four athletes will run in individual events this weekend.
Sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) won the 5000m run with at time of 14.50.38, which converted to an NCAA provisional time of 14:27.66 to sit third nationally.
Derrick Williams (Sr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) will compete in the 3000m steeplechase, an event he has won at the RMAC Championships three times and has earned All-American honors in the last two seasons.
Junior Jacob Smith (Strasburg, Colo.) competed last weekend in the decathlon at the Mines Nature's Bakery Invite in Golden, Colorado and totaled 6,282 points for an NCAA provisional point total that ranks 15th in Division II.
On the women's side, sophomore Lauren Fairchild (McKinney, Texas) recorded two event wins and totaled four top three finishes. She won the long jump with a leap of 5.69m, then ran to a time of 25.51 in the 200m dash to win the event. She was third in the 100m dash with a time of 12.35. She joined the 4x400m team, which posted a runner-up finish. Her long jump mark was just shy of an NCAA mark and ranks ninth nationally entering the weekend.
Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) was runner-up in the 5000m run with a time of 17:38.54, which converted to an NCAA provisional time of 17:11.53 to rank seventh in Division II.
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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.