Select group heading to New Mexico Classic Jan. 3-4

Select group heading to New Mexico Classic Jan. 3-4



PUEBLO, Colo. (February 2, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs will send a select group to the University of New Mexico Classic and Multi Feb. 3-4. The meet features 21 teams, which includes more than 10 NCAA Division I teams.

The Pack men were ranked No. 3 in this week's national poll, while the women earned the No. 12 spot.

This weekend's event will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Institutions participating at the New Mexico Classic & Multis are: Angelo State, CSU-Pueblo, Eastern New Mexico, LSU, Lubbock Christian, Metro State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, New Mexico Highlands, New Mexico JC, Ole Miss, Sam Houston State, University of the Southwest, Texas, Texas Tech, UACJ, UC Davis, USC, Utah State, UTEP and Wayland Baptist.

Highlighting the men's squad is sophomore Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico), who is entered in the 3000m. He is 10th nationally in the event with a time of 8:13.18. Freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will run the 800m, as he owns the 11th fastest time in the event with a mark of 1:52.39.

Junior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) with compete in the long jump and triple jump.

On the women's side, junior Tatianna Clanton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) owns the fourth best leap nationally in the long jump this season. She will try to improve on her jump of 5.90m this weekend.

Both junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) and senior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) will attempt to improve on their NCAA Division II provisional marks in the mile. Roberts currently ranks 17th with a time of 4:57.49, while Hughes owns a 4:59.10 mark that is good for 19th.

Senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) has the fifth fastest time in NCAA Division II in the 800m, but will run in the rare 600m race.

Finally, the women's 4x400m squad will attempt to earn a NCAA provisional time, as they are just a few seconds off the mark and rank 31st nationally. That group is made up of Clanton, freshman Taliah Burney (Colorado Springs, Colo.), senior Andrea Tuck (Canon City, Colo.) and Riley.

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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.