PUEBLO, Colo. (March 31, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs hosted the Spank Blasing Meet Friday and Saturday at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl and collected seven NCAA marks with seven event wins.
Sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Spring, Colo.) continued to run at a high level, as he scorched the track with an NCAA automatic time of 1:48.54 in the 800m run. He is just three weeks removed from winning the national championship in the indoor 800m. The mark converted to a school record time of 1:47.96 to rank as the tops in NCAA Division II this early outdoor season.
Junior Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.) recorded an NCAA provisional mark in the 800m with a time of 1:51.66, which converted to 1:51.06. He was third in the race.
Senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) ran his first 3000m steeplechase of the season and locked in an NCAA provisional time of 9:09.60 to win the race. Converted, his time sits at 8:56.54 to rank second in Division II.
The distance men got the meet started Saturday with two members of the Pack recording a provisional time in the 10,000m run. Marcelo Laguera (Jr., Chihuahua, Mexico) won the race and clocked a time of 30:42.42. His converted time of 29:46.80 is top five in NCAA Division II. Paul Roberts (So., Boulder, Colo.) wasn't far behind, as he crossed the finish line in 31:16.88. His converted time of 30:20.22 is top 15 in the division.
Other top five performances included, freshman Michael Duran (Pueblo, Colo.) finishing second in the 1500m run with a time of 3:56.97. Vassell was third in the 400m dash, as he crossed the finish line in 48.33, while Horne's time of 49.18 in the event was fifth. Senior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) leaped to a third-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 6.87m. Orlando Mosley (So., Denver, Colo.) was fourth in the 100m dash with a time of 11.66. In field events, Nathan Miller (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) was fifth in the discus with a throw of 45.95m. Junior Jonathan Sanchez (Aurora, Colo.) was fifth in the javelin throw Friday with a heave of 43.61m.
Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) and sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) led the women's team with NCAA provisional times in the steeplechase. Roberts won the race with a time of 11:15.23, which converted to 10:59.19. Maness ran to a time of 11:17.10 to finish second. Her time was converted to 11:01.01, three seconds under the provisional mark.
Coming off qualifying for the indoor national championships in the pole vault, senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) won the event with a vault of 3.57m. She was second in the high jump with her top lead clearing 1.60m.
Sticking with the field events, sophomore Lauren Fairchild (McKinney, Texas) was runner-up in the long jump with her best leap reaching 5.60m.
Sophomore Jenna McKinley (Mosca, Colo.) guided the Pack in the throws events, as she posted a third-place finish in both the shot put and discus. Her top shot throw went 12.40m, while the sophomore's best discus toss traveled 43.03m. Junior Nikol Podlacha (USAF Academy, Colo.) threw the discus 42.45m to finish fourth and was also fourth in the hammer throw Friday with a toss of 48.18m.
Back to the track, freshman Yasmine Hernandez (Johnstown, Colo.) was runner-up in the 400m dash with a time of 58.23. Freshman Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) clocked a time of 2:18.90 in the 800m run to finish fifth.
Fairchild, Bouma, Urenda and Hernandez were third in the 4x400m relay to close the event. They recorded a time of 4:01.31.
The ThunderWolves continue the outdoor season April 6-7 at the CU Invitational at the Balch Fieldhouse in Boulder, Colorado.
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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.