Thirteen Pack athletes gather USTFCCCA All-Region honors

Thirteen Pack athletes gather USTFCCCA All-Region honors


NEW ORELEANS (February 28, 2017) - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its NCAA Division II indoor track and field all-region honors Monday, which recognized 13 Colorado State University-Pueblo student-athletes from the men's and women's programs.

The women's team had seven athletes total 12 all-region honors, while the men had six athletes gather nine regional awards.

The top five individuals in each event from each region earned USTFCCCA All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions' top three relay teams.

The women's distance medley relay and 4x400m relay teams were each honored. Senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) was a member of both those relay teams and picked up a third award in the 800m run. Freshman Taliah Burney (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was also a member of both relay teams to pick up two honors.

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Pentathlon Champion Andrea Tuck (Sr., Canon City, Colo.) also was a two-time winner as a member of the 4x400m relay team and the pentathlon. A fourth member of the Pack earned multiple awards, as Tatianna Clanton (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the final member of the 4x400m squad and also earned the individual honor in the long jump.

Senior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) and junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the distance medley relay team, while junior Catherine Tiona (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned all-region in the pole vault.

Senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.) guided the men with three honors. He was apart of two NCAA automatic times with the distance medley relay team and also individually in the mile. He also earned all-region recognition for his time in the 800m. Junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was a multi-award winner for his efforts with the DMR and in the 3000m run.

Junior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.) and sophomore Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.) completed the foursome from the DMR. A pair of freshman also picked up all-region honors in their first indoor season as Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) was recognized for his time in the 3000m and Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was fast enough to claim the award in the 800m run.

Both Pack programs finished fifth at the RMAC Championships last weekend, which wrapped the indoor season for most of the ThunderWolves. Many of the athletes listed above will learn their fate for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships later today when the field for the national meet is released.

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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.