NEW ORLEANS (May 1, 2018) - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recognized Colorado State University-Pueblo sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as the NCAA Division II National Athlete of the Week following his performances at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships.
The honor is the second time Staines has been recognized on a national level, as he gathered the award Feb. 6 during the indoor season. He is the first CSU-Pueblo student-athlete, male or female, to win a National Athlete of the Week honor for the outdoor track and field season. The ThunderWolves only have one other national athlete of the week, which was claimed by senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) when he was named USTFCCCA National Cross Country Runner of the Week Sept. 14, 2015.
Staines won the RMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the 800m Sunday with a new meet record of 1:48.34. His NCAA automatic time converted to an NCAA Division II leading time of 1:47.55. Staines' time was the eighth fastest in the event by any competitor on the week. Just a few hours later he ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay and helped the Pack to establish another RMAC Championships record with a time of 3:11.84. The NCAA provisional mark was converted to 3:12.28 to rank as the 18th fastest time in NCAA Division II this season.
The ThunderWolves ranked No. 8 in last week's USTFCCCA national poll and finished the RMAC Championships in third. The Pack compiled 94 points Sunday and totaled 107 for the meet to finish third of 11 teams and just one point behind University of Colorado Colorado Springs. CSU-Pueblo totaled four individual RMAC Champions and the 4x400m relay squad found their way to the top of the podium.
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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.