ThunderWolves begin 2018 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque Jan. 19-20

ThunderWolves begin 2018 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque Jan. 19-20


PUEBLO, Colo. (January 18, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo indoor track and field programs will compete at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational, hosted by University of New Mexico, Jan. 19-20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Events Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center begin at 4 p.m., while Saturday's action starts at 9:30 a.m. There are more than 800 collegiate and professional athletes set to compete at the event. Teams include: Azusa Pacific, Barton Community College, CSUN, Concordia Irvine, CSU Pueblo, Fresno State, Hardin-Simmons, Incarnate Word, New Mexico Highlands, New Mexico State, New Mexico Junior College, North Texas, Ottawa University Arizona, San Francisco State, University of the Southwest, Trinidad State, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, USC, UTEP, Western Texas College.

The Pack men were ranked No. 21 in the preseason poll, as the first poll of the regular season is released next week. The ThunderWolves already have a handful of national marks that have established NCAA provisional times. Thomas Staines (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) ranks fifth in the 800m with a converted time of 1:52.12. In the 5000m, Marcelo Laguera (Jr., Chihuahua, Mexico) is just a second off the automatic mark, as he raced to a time of 14:07.51 to rank sixth. Ron Sweeten (Sr., Falcon, Colo.) owns two provisional marks, as he ranks 14th in the triple jump with a mark of 14.66m (48' 1.25") and 17th in the long jump with a leap of 7.18m (23' 6.75"). Paul Roberts (So., Boulder, Colo.) doesn't have a provisional time, but sits seventh nationally in the mile with a time of 4:12.03. 

Returning to the track for the first time this season are returning All-Americans Derrick Williams (Sr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) and Devundrick Walker (Sr., Aurora, Colo.).

On the women's side, the ThunderWolves have two top 10 marks in field events. Senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) has the ninth best mark in the pole vault at 3.68m (12' 0.75"). In the long jump, sophomore Lauren Fairchild (McKinney, Texas) ranks 10th with her leap of 5.71m (18" 9') in the long jump. On the track this season, the Pack will be running a lot of freshmen and sophomores. The upperclassmen will be led by cross country All-American and returning indoor national qualifier, Miriam Roberts (Sr., Boulder, Colo.). 

After the trip to New Mexico, the ThunderWolves will compete in the Division II Invite & Multi in Golden, Colo. Jan. 26-27. 

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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.