PUEBLO, Colo. (December 7, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs will compete at the Mines Alumni Classic & Multi Dec. 7-8 at the Steinhauer Fieldhouse in Golden, Colorado. The meet will be the last for the ThunderWolves before a month off for winter break.
The events begin at 1 p.m. Thursday with the heptathlon and pentathlon. Junior Jacob Smith (Strasburg, Colo.) will get things started for the Pack in the heptathlon. Field events begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. Friday, field events continue at 10 a.m., while the track events will begin at 11 a.m.
The Pack men ranked No. 21 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason poll. Last weekend in Golden the team totaled three NCAA Division II provisional marks. Junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) ran the 5000m run in a converted time of 14:07.51 to narrowly miss an NCAA Division II automatic mark (14:06.70). He ranks sixth nationally. Sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ran the 800m race in a converted time of 1:52.57 to also rank sixth nationally. Finally, senior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) established an NCAA provisional mark in the high jump with a leap of 23' 6.75'' (7.18m), which ranks fourth in NCAA Division II.
The women swept the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week awards in the first week of competition. Sophomore Lauren Fairchild (McKinney, Texas) was the track athlete of the week, as she established the fastest times in the RMAC in the 60m (8.01 converted time) and 200m (26.21 converted time) dash events. She also posted a provisional mark in the long jump with a leap of 18' 6'' (5.64m) to rank third nationally. Newcomer Angelique Urenda (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) was named field athlete of the week after she broke the school record in the pole vault with a mark of 11' 8.5'' (3.57m), which just met the NCAA provisional mark and ranks seventh in Division II. She also nearly broke the program high jump record, as she posted a leap of 5' 4.25'' (1.63m).
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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.