GOLDEN, Colo. (April 27, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs completed the first day of the 2018 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships Frinday at the Stermole Track and Field Complex/Crouch Field Events Complex in Golden, Colorado.
Senior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) scored the first points of the Championships for the Pack when he advanced to the finals of the long jump and placed sixth with his top leap covering 7.08m. He gathered three team points on his season-best jump.
Junior Jacob Smith (Strasburg, Colo.) is eighth through five events of the decathlon with 3,142 points. His best event finish Friday was in the high jump where he scored 653 points on a leap of 1.83m that was tied for third. He was fourth in the long jump with a mark of 6.51m that handed him 700 points.
Both Derrick Williams (Sr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) and Michael Duran (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) finished second in their heats of the 1500m to advance to Sunday's final. Also moving on was senior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.), as he was second in his heat and fifth overall in the 400m dash prelims.
In the 100m, junior Tevin Donnell (Fountain, Colo.) qualified for the finals with the fifth fastest time of 10.68 in the preliminaries.
On the women's side, sophomore Lauren Fairchild (McKinney, Texas) gathered three team points when she finished sixth in the long jump with a mark of 5.66m.
Sophomore Nikol Podlacha (USAF Academy, Colo.) totaled the other two team points for the day when she finished seventh in the hammer throw. Her top heave traveled 49.76m to record a season-best mark.
Freshman Yasmine Hernandez (Johnstown, Colo.) will run in her first outdoor final at the conference meet after running a personal best time of 57.43 to finish second in her heat and qualify for Sunday's race.
Fairchild was second in her heat of the 100m dash and was eighth overall to qualify for the finals in the event with a career-best time of 12.28.
Freshman Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) will also run in her first collegiate outdoor final at the conference championships, as she qualified in the 800m run with a time of 2:17.75 to rank seventh.
Day two begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with the completion of the decathlon. At noon, the men's shot put and triple jump will begin, as will the women's pole vault which features senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.), the indoor champion in the event. Also featured Saturday will be senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) in the 3000m steeplechase beginning at 3:30 p.m.
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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.