Urenda clears school record in pole vault to lock in top 15 mark nationally

Urenda clears school record in pole vault to lock in top 15 mark nationally


GOLDEN, Colo. (May 14, 2018) - At potentially her last collegiate meet, senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) of the Colorado State University-Pueblo women's track and field team broke the outdoor school record in the pole vault and moved her national mark into the top 15 at the Mines Sunday Last Chance Meet.

Urenda vaulted a height of 3.88m (12' 8.75") to establish a new school record, which was previously 3.82m held by Lacy Harris on May 7, 2013. The senior reached the mark on her second attempt at the height to improve on her previous season-best mark of 3.82m that had her tied for the school record and ranked 19th nationally. Urenda now ranks No. 13 in NCAA Divsion II, which will get her into the NCAA Outdoor Championships, scheduled for May 24-26 at the Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, N.C. Official NCAA selections will be released Tuesday by the NCAA.

Also at the Last Chance Meet, sophomore Jenna McKinley (Mosca, Colo.) threw a season-best mark of 45.88m in the discus that reached an NCAA provisional mark. She improved by nearly a meter and will close the outdoor season ranked in the top 40 nationally in the event. 

Freshman Michael Duran (Pueblo, Colo.) and sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) traveled to the Portland Twilight Saturday to try improve on their national times. Duran ran to a time of 3:47.99 in the 1500m, which was his fastest raw time of the season and a provisional mark, but wasn't faster than his converted 3:47.87 at the CU Invitational (April 7) that has him ranked No. 17 in NCAA Division II. 

Roberts posted a time of 14:36.11 in the 5000m, which was two seconds off a provisional mark and 15 seconds off his top time this season. 

Next for the ThunderWolves is waiting for the Tuesday announcement by the NCAA of who will head to nationals.

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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.