CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 24, 2018) - Senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) and junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) of the Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs claimed All-American honors on Day 1 of the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Urenda earned her first-career All-American honor, as she tied for eighth in the pole vault. She is the first NCAA Outdoor All-American for the ThunderWolves since 2011 when Danita Wyatt was fifth in the triple jump. Urenda needed just one attempt to clear the first height at 3.65, then used one vault to clear the bar at 3.75.
Urenda claims the sixth NCAA Outdoor All-America honor in CSU-Pueblo women's history. She scored a half point for the team to help the ThunderWolves be one of 27 teams to score on day one.
Laguera raced to a time of 30:19.15 in the 10,000m to claim All-American honors with a seventh-place finish. Halfway through the race he sat 11th, but had a strong finish to post a personal best and claim the seventh best spot in the distance race for his first trip to the podium at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. He was also an All-American following the cross country championships.
Laguera totaled two points for the ThunderWolves to rank 17th through two events.
In the women's steeplechase, senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) ran a personal best time of 10:28.44 to finish fourth in her heat and overall. She automatically qualified for the finals, which is set for Friday at 5:30 p.m. MT. Competing at her first collegiate track and field championships, sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) ran to at time of 10:45.07 to finish ninth in her heat and 16th overall.
Senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) placed second in his heat and sixth overall with a season-best time of 9:04.27 to automatically qualify for his third straight final in the 3000m steeplechase. Williams will run the final Friday at 5:15 p.m. MT.
In his first nationals race, freshman Michael Duran (Pueblo, Colo.) posted a time of 3:53.43 in the 1500m prelims to just miss qualifying for the finals. He was 14th, as the top 12 advance to the final. He was eighth in his heat.
Johnson C. Smith University is serving as the host of the championships at the Irwin Belk Complex. The Championships are streamed live on www.NCAA.com each day.
CSU-Pueblo's day Friday starts with the 800m prelims at 4:05 p.m. MT, 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.
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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.