ThunderWolves total nine NCAA marks; Men's DMR captures NCAA auto time

ThunderWolves total nine NCAA marks; Men's DMR captures NCAA auto time


GOLDEN, Colo. (January 27, 2018) - At the Colorado Mines Division II Invite & Multi, the Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field squads gathered nine NCAA marks, while the men's distance medley relay team ran to an NCAA automatic time, which ranks second nationally.

The event, hosted by Colorado School of Mines, featured 10 teams on the men's side and 11 women's programs. The Pack men finished third with 117 points, while the women totaled 60.5 points to finish fifth.

The men's DMR got the band back together Friday with three of the four student-athletes returning from last year's All-American performance where the ThunderWolves placed third. The foursome of Devundrick Walker (Jr., Aurora, Colo.), Dueth Vassell (Sr., Denver, Colo.), Thomas Staines (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Derrick Williams (Sr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) ran to a time of 10:10.25, which converted to an auto time of 9:46.78. The Pack were first of five teams, with the CSU-Pueblo B squad finishing second with a time of 10:30.62.

In the 3000m run Saturday, the Pack went 1-2-3, as Williams was first, sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) was second and junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) was third. Williams ran the race in 8:31.42, which converted to 8:07.79 to rank fourth nationally. Roberts posted a time of 8:34.03, which was improved to 8:10.28 and is seventh in Division II. Finally, Laguera clocked a time of 8:35.29, converted to 8:11.48 he ranks ninth nationally.

Senior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) totaled 10 team points, as he won the long jump with a personal best leap of 7.20m (23' 7.50"). He recorded the mark on his final jump to improve on his NCAA provisional placing and now ranks 21st in Division II. 

The men's 4x400m run was first with a time of 3:21.73, which converted to an NCAA provisional time of 3:17.05 to rank 15th in Division II. The relay squad was made up of Shawn Horne (Jr., Camp Casey, South Korea), Staines, Walker and Vassell.

In the mile, the ThunderWolves finished second through fourth, as Walker (4:24), Staines (4:26.09) and sophomore Michael Duran (4:27.04, Pueblo, Colo.) scored a total of 19 points for the Pack.

Vassell was second in the 400m dash with a time of 50.51, while Horne was fourth with a mark of 51.96. Junior Tevin Donnell (Fountain, Colo.) was second in the 200m dash with a time of 23.19.

The women's DMR wasn't going to let the men take all the glory in the event, as they finished third with an NCAA provisional time of 12:19.97. The mark converted to 11:55.51 and ranks 10th nationally. The group was made up of Gillian Maness (So., Kalispell, Mont.), Hailey Streff (Fr., Madison, S.D.), Rachael Lopez (Sr., Fort Lupton, Colo.) and Miriam Roberts (Sr., Boulder, Colo.).

Senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) improved her top season mark in the pole vault Friday, as she recorded a mark of 3.70m (12' 1.50") to win the event. Her NCAA provisional vault is good for 10th in Division II. Saturday she competed in the high jump and finished tied for fourth with a leap of 1.57m.

Saturday, Maness ran the 3000m race to a winning time of 10:24.91, which was converted to an NCAA provisional mark of 9:59.49 to rank 14th in Division II. Roberts was second in the event, as she clocked a time of 10:42.72.

The women's 4x400m relay was third Saturday afternoon with a time of 4:14.90. The group was made up of three freshmen Hannah Kochen (Pueblo, Colo.), Streff and Yasmine Hernandez (Johnstown, Colo.) and sophomore Lauren Fairchild (McKinney, Texas).

Hernandez was fourth in the 400m with a time of 1:00.50.

Also in field events, Jenna McKinley (So., Mosca, Colo.) was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 12.75m, whiel Nikol Podlacha (Jr., USAF Academy, Colo.) was sixth in the weight throw with a mark of 15.35m.

Next up for the ThunderWolves is the CU Open at the Sklar Family Track in Boulder, Colorado on Feb. 3.

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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.