Pack Track and Field set for NCAA Outdoor Championships May 24-26

Pack Track and Field set for NCAA Outdoor Championships May 24-26

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PUEBLO, Colo. (May 22, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs have 11 student-athletes set to compete at the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 24-26 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eight members of the No. 14 men's team have been selected, while three women will be competing.

Johnson C. Smith University will serve as the host of the championships at the Irwin Belk Complex. The Championships will be streamed live on www.NCAA.com each day. All event start times listed below are mountain time. 

The men have eight athletes representing the ThunderWolves in six different events, which marks a new high for the program since its return to campus just four seasons ago. Previously, the most athletes the Pack had sent to the NCAA Outdoor Championships was four. The Pack are No. 14 in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll, which used national entries only for calculation. The women's team has three athletes headed to outdoor nationals for the second straight year.

Senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) will be closing her collegiate career at the NCAA Outdoor Championships when she competes in the pole vault. She will begin the Championships for the Pack when the pole vault begins at 12 p.m. Thursday. She ranks 14th in the field of 24 with her school record mark of 3.88m. 

The first event for the men will be freshman Michael Duran (Pueblo, Colo.) running the 1500m preliminaries at 3:10 p.m. He enters the race with the 13th fastest qualifying time and will run in heat two. The top four times from each of the two heats, then the top four times will advance to the 1500m final scheduled for 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

Senior Derrick Williams' (Columbia Falls, Mont.) quest for a third All-American honor in the 3000m steeplechase begins with the prelims Thursday at 4:40 p.m. He will race in the second heat and owns the seventh fastest time in the field. The top four from each of the two heats, plus the next four times advance to Friday's final at 5:15 p.m. He was fifth at last year's championships. 

Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) returns to the outdoor national meet in the women's 3000m steeplechase and will compete with sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.), who will be making her track and field championships debut. The preliminaries for the event are set for 5:10 p.m. with Maness in the first heat and Roberts in the second. Roberts has the eighth fastest time in the field, while Maness is ranked 19th of 20 student-athletes. The top four from each of the two heats, plus the next four times advance to Friday's final at 5:30 p.m.

The final event for the ThunderWolves Thursday will be the final in the 10,000m run where sophomore Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) will make his outdoor championships debut. He has the 11th fastest time in the field of 19 athletes. The top eight will find themselves on the podium as NCAA Division II All-Americans. 

CSU-Pueblo's day Friday starts with the 800m prelims at 4:05 p.m., which features Thomas Staines (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Devundrick Walker (Jr., Aurora, Colo.). Staines ran the fastest time in NCAA Division II this season, while Walker owns the third fastest time in the field. Staines will run in the first heat with Walker in the second heat. The top two finishers from each of the three heats, then the next two fastest times advance to Saturday's final at 3:05 p.m.

Following the running of the steeplechase finals, the men's 4x400m relay team hits the track in the prelims beginning at 5:50 p.m. The 4x400m relay team will run with Dueth Vassell (Sr., Denver, Colo.), Walker, Shawn Horne (Jr., Camp Casey, South Korea) and Staines with Tevin Donnell (Jr., Fountain, Colo.) also available for the team. The ThunderWolves have the fifth fastest time entering the championships. They will run in heat one of two with the top two finishing teams in each heat, then the next four fastest times advancing to the 4x400m relay final Saturday at 5 p.m.  

In addition to the final races for the 800m, 1500m and 4x400m relay scheduled for Saturday, Williams will also race in the 5000m run at 4:10 p.m. He enters the championship race with the sixth fastest time in the field of 20. The senior was sixth at last year's outdoor 5K to claim All-American honors. 

MEN'S NCAA SELECTION BIOS

DONNELL

National qualifier with the 4x400m relay team ... Making his track and field national meet debut ... Ran with the 4x400m relay team that won the RMAC Championship and established a new meet record ... All-RMAC First Team with the 4x400m relay team and All-RMAC Second Team in the 100m, 200m and with the 4x100m relay team ... Also ran to an NCAA provisional time in the 200m dash when he posted a time of 21.34 at the RMAC Championships, which was good for fifth ... He helped land a spot on the podium at the RMAC Championships with the 4x100m relay team, which finished second. 

DURAN

National qualifier in the 1500m run … Making his track and field national meet debut … All-RMAC First Team in the 1500m ... Posted his top 1500m time of 3:47.87 at the CU Invitational to rank No. 17 nationally with an NCAA provisional time … Reached the podium at the RMAC Championships with a third-place finish. 

HORNE 

National qualifier with the 4x400m relay team … Making his track and field national meet debut … USTFCCCA All-Region (4x400m relay) … All-RMAC First Team in the 200m dash and with the 4x400m relay team ... All-RMAC Second Team with the 4x100m relay team ... A member of the 4x400m relay team all season long and helped guide them to a time of 3:09.72 at the Bryan Clay Invitational to rank eighth nationally … Also a member of the 4x400m relay team that won the RMAC Championship and established a new meet record … RMAC Champion in the 200m dash … Ran to a time of 21.14 to win the race and establish an NCAA provisional time that ranks No. 27 nationally. 

LAGUERA

National qualifier in the 10,000m run … Making his outdoor track and field national meet debut … Posted a 10K time of 29:46.80 at the CSU-Pueblo Spank Blasing Meet to rank No. 11 in NCAA Division II … RMAC Champion in the 5,000m race … All-RMAC First Team in the 5K ... Recorded a top 5K time of 14:18.02 at the Bryan Clay Invitational to rank 25th nationally with an NCAA provisional time. 

STAINES 

National qualifier in the 800m and with the 4x400m relay team … Ran to second team All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800m ... Was the NCAA Indoor National Champion in the 800m … USTFCCCA All-Region in four events (400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x400m relay) … RMAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year ... All-RMAC First Team in the 800m and with the 4x400m relay team ... Converted 800m time of 1:47.55 in his run to the RMAC Championship was the best in NCAA Division II this outdoor season … His time was a meet record and new school record … 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) … 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 … Also a member of the 4x400m relay team that won the RMAC Championship and established a new meet record … USTFCCCA NCAA Division II National Athlete of the Week (May 1) … RMAC Track Athlete of the Week (April 2).

VASSELL

National qualifier with the 4x400m relay team … Returning to the outdoor championships after qualifying in the 400m dash in 2015 … USTFCCCA All-Region (4x400m relay) … All-RMAC First Team with the 4x400m relay team and All-RMAC Second Team in the 400m ... A member of the 4x400m relay team all season long and helped guide them to a time of 3:09.72 at the Bryan Clay Invitational to rank eighth nationally … Also a member of the 4x400m relay team that won the RMAC Championship and established a new meet record … His fastest 400m dash time of 47.89 came at the Bryan Clay Invitational and was .08 seconds off an NCAA time.  

WALKER 

National qualifier in the 800m and with the 4x400m relay team … Will run in the 800m run for the third time at the national outdoor championships (2015 and 2016) and was a 2015 All-American (6th) … USTFCCCA All-Region (800m and 4x400m relay) … All-RMAC First Team in the 800m ... Recorded an NCAA automatic time of 1:48.59 in the 800m at the Bryan Clay Invitational, which has him ranked fourth in NCAA Division II ... Reached the podium in the 800m at the RMAC Championships when he finished third … A member of the 4x400m relay team and helped guide them to a time of 3:09.72 at the Bryan Clay Invitational to rank eighth nationally. 

WILLIAMS

National qualifier in the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m … Will compete in both races at the national championships for the third time in his career and is a two-time All-American in the steeplechase (2016 and 2017) and a 2017 All-American in the 5000m … USTFCCCA All-Region (3000m Steeplechase and 5000m) … All-RMAC in the 1500m and 5000m ... Posted an NCAA automatic mark at the Bryan Clay Invitational, as he is sixth nationally in the 5000m with a time of 13:55.57 … His efforts in the steeplechase at the CSU-Pueblo Spank Blasing Invite has him ranked No. 8 nationally with a time of 8:56.54 … RMAC Champion in the 1500m … Reached the podium in the 5000m race with a third-place finish … NCAA provisional time of 3:47.77 in the 1500m came at the CU Invitational.

WOMEN'S NCAA SELECTION BIOS

MANESS 

National qualifier in the 3000m steeplechase … Making her track and field national meet debut … All-RMAC Second Team in the 3000m steeplechase ... Ran to a provisional time of 10:45.40 in the steeplechase at the Bryan Clay Invitational to rank 22nd in NCAA Division II. 

ROBERTS

National qualifier in the 3000m steeplechase ... Returning to the outdoor championships after qualifying for the steeplechase in 2017 (Was 13th in the prelims) … USTFCCCA All-Region (3000m Steeplechase) … All-RMAC Second Team in the 3000m Steeplechase and the 5000m ... Recorded a time of 10:30.14 in the steeplechase at the Bryan Clay Invitational to sit 11th nationally with her provisional time … Gathered NCAA provisional times in both the 1500m run (4:32.33) and 5000m run (17:11.53) and ranks 44th nationally in both.

URENDA

National qualifier in the pole vault ... Making her outdoor track and field national meet debut ... USTFCCCA All-Region (Pole Vault) … All-RMAC First Team in the high jump and All-RMAC Second Team in the pole vault ... Vaulted the best mark in the region this season May 13, 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 … Found the podium in the high jump at the RMAC Championships with a third-place finish.

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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.