PITTSBURG, Kan. (February 11, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo indoor track and field programs continued to knock down NCAA Provisional marks, as the nationally-ranked squads competed at the Pittsburg State University Gorillas Classic Feb. 10-11.
The No. 6 men dominated the seeded mile run, as they placed 1-2-3 with just a .25 second separation. All three established NCAA provisional times, as junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) won with a 4:08.65 (21st nationally). Sophomore Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.) shaved a little more than a second off his top mark of the season with a 4:08.73 (22nd in NCAA Division II). Finally, senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.) was a little more than a second off his top 10 mark in the NCAA (4:07.12) this season with a 4:08.90. All three also beat the meet records in the second annual event.
Sophomore Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) ran an NCAA provisional time in the 5000m run with a fifth place performance. His time of 14:33.38 also beat the previous meet record and sits No. 20 nationally.
Freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ran a PR in the 800m and posted an NCAA provisional time of 1:51.44. He was second in the race and ranks No. 13 nationally.
The women's distance medley relay team of Miriam Roberts (Jr., Boulder, Colo.), Taliah Burney (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Sydni Riley (Sr., Florissant, Colo.) and Bailey Hughes (Sr., Bigfork, Mont.) traveled to the Grand Valley Big Meet and shaved off .01 seconds of the teams's top DMR time. They ran a 11:49.59 that is an NCAA provisional time and ranks No. 12 nationally.
At the Gorillas Classic, junior Tatianna Clanton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) recorded an NCAA provisional mark in the long jump for the No. 23 women. Her leap of 5.62m was good for sixth in the event, just shy of her PR this season of 5.90 that ranks top 10 nationally.
Freshman Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) won the 3000m unseeded race with a time of 10:16.65. She claimed top placing in the race by nearly four seconds to two runners from NCAA Division I University of Tulsa.
Senior Jordan Mathes (Boise, Idaho) ran to a third place finish in the 5000m with a time of 17:37.06. Her time was just nine seconds off an NCAA provisional mark. Her time ranks 43rd in Division II.
Senior Andrea Tuck (Canon City, Colo.) competed in five events on the weekend. She was 10th in the open section of the high jump with a mark of 1.51m. She won her qualifying heat of the 60m hurdles, but didn't make the top eight in the preliminary run to reach the finals.
The Pack will have one final tune-up for the RMAC Championships (Feb. 24-25 in Spearfish, S.D.) at the Joe Davies Invitational, hosted by Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., Feb. 17-18.
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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.