AZUSA, Calif. (April 21, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs sent a group of student-athletes to the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California April 19-20 and that selected group came away with 10 NCAA times, which included three NCAA automatic marks.
The rest of the ThunderWolves will travel to the WT Invitational Sunday. The event will take place at the Buffalo Sports Park in Canyon with field events starting at 1 p.m.
For the No. 9 men, senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) gathered an auto time in the 5000m run when he crossed the finish line in 13:55.57 to place sixth in his heat. The time ranks fifth nationally in NCAA Division II. His time also established a new personal best, which is a school record.
There were two more automatic times collected in the 800m run, as Thomas Staines (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted the winning time in the event at 1:48.39. He recorded his second automatic time in the event this season, as he already has the fastest time in Division II from his run at the Spank Blasing Invite March 31. Junior Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.) won his heat and clocked a time of 1:48.59 to post an auto time that ranks fourth in Division II.
In the 4x400m relay, the foursome of Dueth Vassell (Sr., Denver, Colo.), Walker, Shawn Horne (Jr., Camp Casey, South Korea) and Staines broke the school record for the second time this season. The time of 3:09.72 won the event and ranks second in NCAA Division II in 2018.
Also in the 5000m, junior Marcelo Laguera (Jr., Chihuahua, Mexico) was 15th in his heat with a provisional time of 14:18.02. In the same heat, sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) was 20th and finished in a provisional time of 14:21.83. Nationally, Laguera is 16th and Roberts is 20th.
Horne posted a time of 21.24 in the 200m dash to record an NCAA provisional time that ranks 27th nationally. Williams also posted a provisional time of 3:47.78 in the 1500m run.
In the 400m dash, Vassell was ninth in his heat and finished in 47.89, just .08 off a provisional time.
For the women, senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) and sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) both posted NCAA provisional times in the 3000m steeplechase. Roberts clocked a time of 10:30.14 for first in her heat and 12th overall, while Maness' time of 10:45.40 was also a heat winner and was 31st overall.
In the 800m run, freshman Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) recorded a personal best with a time of 2:16.26.
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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.