NEW ORLEANS (May 14, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs combined to gather 12 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-South Central Region honors for the outdoor season. Both Thomas Staines (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Angelique Urenda (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) gathered top marks in the region in the 800m and pole vault, respectfully.
The top five individuals in each event from each region earned USTFCCCA All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions' top three relay teams.
Ranked No. 7 in last week's USTFCCCA national poll, the Pack had five men garner 10 awards, as Staines totaled four honors alone in the 400m dash, 800m run, 1500m run and with the 4x400m relay team. Joining him on the 4x400m relay squad were Shawn Horne (Jr., Camp Casey, South Korea), Dueth Vassell (Sr., Denver, Colo.) and Devundrick Walker (Jr., Aurora, Colo.). Walker was also all-region in the 800m. Senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) grabbed the final two awards for the ThunderWolves, as he was All-South Central Region in the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m run.
Staines' converted time of 1:47.55 in his run to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship was not only tops in the region, but the best in NCAA Division II this outdoor season. He was fifth nationally with an automatic time in the 400m dash (46.19) and 12th in the division in the 1500m run (3:47.26). Staines anchored the 4x400m relay team all season long and guided them to a time of 3:09.72 at the Bryan Clay Invitational to rank eighth nationally.
Walker's NCAA automatic time of 1:48.59 in the 800m at Bryan Clay has him ranked fourth in NCAA Division II. Williams also posted an auto mark at the event in California, as he is sixth nationally in the 5000m with a time of 13:55.57. His efforts in the steeplechase has him ranked eighth nationally with a time of 8:56.54.
For the women, senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) and Urenda were named USTFCCCA All-South Central Region. Urenda vaulted the best mark in the region this season just yesterday, as she cleared 3.88m at the Mines Sunday Last Chance to establish a school record and move her up to No. 13 in NCAA Division II. Roberts recorded a time of 10:30.14 in the 3000m steeplechase at Bryan Clay to sit 11th nationally with her provisional time.
All these student-athletes have times and marks good to complete at the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which is set for May 24-26 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The official list of athletes attending the national meet will be announced Tuesday by the NCAA.
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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.