Riley advances to 800m finals on day one of NCAA Indoor Championships

Riley advances to 800m finals on day one of NCAA Indoor Championships


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 9, 2017) - Senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) finished second in her heat of the 800m run to advance to the finals, which highlighted day one of the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships for the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's programs.

Riley posted a 2:10.46 to record a second place finish in her heat, which automatically qualified her for Saturday's finals, scheduled for 3 p.m. MST. Her time was the sixth fastest, as eight moved on to the final race.

Just missing out on a finals appearance in the mile was senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.). He ran a 4:13.24 to finish fourth in his heat and 10th overall. The top three in each of the two heats and the next three fastest times advanced. He missed running Saturday by 0.71 seconds.

Junior Tatianna Clanton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) competed in her first indoor championships, as the long jump was one of the first events of the day. Her top mark of 5.74m was 18th in the event.

Freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) gained his first national meet experience, as he qualified to run in the 800m. He entered the race seeded 13th and finished 12th with a time of 1:54.20.

Friday, senior Andrea Tuck (Canon City, Colo.) will compete in the pentathlon with the five events spread out for most of the day. The 2015 national runner-up men's distance medley relay team is set to run at 5:15 p.m., while the women's DMR (10th at nationals a year ago) will race at 4:55 p.m. MST.

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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