Walker and men’s 4x400m relay team win RMAC Championships; Both teams finish fifth

Walker and men’s 4x400m relay team win RMAC Championships; Both teams finish fifth


SPEARFISH, S.D. (February 25, 2017) – Devundrick Walker (So., Aurora, Colo.) was the conference champion in the 800m run and helped the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's 4x400m relay team become champions Saturday on the final day of the 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Both Pack programs finished fifth.

Walker ran a time of 1:54.26 to win the event and score 10 points for the Pack. After finding the top of the podium Friday night with the men's distance medley relay team, Walker helped the men's 4x400m relay team clock a facility record and winning time of 3:19.79.

Freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was also member of both relay teams to help score big team points in his first indoor championships. Rounding out the men's 4x400 squad were Shawn Horne (So., Camp Casey, South Korea) and Dueth Vassell (Jr., Denver, Colo.).

The Pack men totaled 56 points to finish fifth among the 11 teams. On the women's side, the ThunderWolves totaled 73.5 points to also finish fifth, but of 13 teams.

Senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) guided the Pack women with a second place finish in the 800m run. She ran a time of 2:12.34, which was .51 seconds off the leader. Riley also helped the 4x400m relay team to second place with a time of 3:53.67.

Riley was also on the runner-up DMR team Friday. Also on both relay squads was freshman Taliah Burney (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Joining the two in the relay were senior Andrea Tuck (Canon City, Colo.) and junior Tatianna Clanton (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.). Tuck was fresh off an RMAC Championship in the pentathlon Friday and also scored points by placing sixth in shot put on day two. Clanton was third in the long jump Friday to reach the podium.

Senior Makenna Linn (Bennett, Colo.) was fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 11.02m, which she accomplished on her third jump. The Pack scored again in the field events when freshman Jenna McKinley (Mosca, Colo.) was fourth in the shot put with a final throw of 12.68m.

Senior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) ran the anchor for the DMR Friday, then posted a fifth place finish in the 3000m run Saturday with a time of 10:11.75.

In the men's 3000m race, freshman Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) ran to a fifth place finish (behind four Adams State University runners) with a time of 8:33.42.

Placing fifth and sixth, respectfully, in the men's 400m dash were Vassell (50.56) and Horne (51.41).

Adams State captured both the men's and women's team titles in the event at the Donald E. Young Center in Spearfish, S.D. The championships were hosted by Black Hills State University.

Next, the Pack athletes with NCAA automatic and provisional marks will learn their fate for the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships, set for March 9-11 in Birmingham, Alabama. The qualifying lists are released Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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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.