PUEBLO, Colo. (March 31, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs will host the CSU-Pueblo Open at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl April 1-2. The event was originally scheduled for March 31-April 1, but was adjusted due to weather.
The meet features 11 schools, which includes Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes, Adams State University, Colorado Christian University, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado School of Mines, Metro State University of Denver, South Dakota School of Mines, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Western State Colorado University.
The meet begins Saturday at 3 p.m. with both the men's and women's javelin and hammer throws. Sunday begins on the track at 10 a.m. with the men's 5000m run, followed by the women. At 11 a.m. the women's long jump and the men's high jump get the field events underway. Also at 11 a.m., the throwing events begin with the women's shot put and the men's discus. The meet is scheduled to wrap with the running of the men's and women's 4x400m relays.
The Pack men were ranked No. 17 in the first edition of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association outdoor national poll and were No. 24 this week. The women's program earned a ranking of No. 20 last week and are just outside the top 25 this week at 30.
The distance runners are leading the way this early outdoor season, as senior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) owns the third fastest time in the 10,000m run with her mark of 36:39.93. Junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) is fifth nationally with her time of 36:34.24. Both are NCAA Division II provisional times.
On the men's side, senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.) has the third fastest time and an NCAA provisional mark in the 5000m. His time of 14:20.14 is just a few seconds faster than teammate Paul Roberts (Fr., Boulder, Colo.), who's mark of 14:27.16 is fifth in NCAA Division II.
Sunday will the first time this outdoor season that Derrick Williams (Jr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) will compete in the 3000m steeplechase. He was an All-American in the event last year after finishing fourth.
Senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) will compete in the 800m run after qualifying for indoor nationals in the event.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.