ThunderWolves embark on RMAC Championships April 27-29 in Golden

ThunderWolves embark on RMAC Championships April 27-29 in Golden


PUEBLO, Colo. (April 26, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs will compete at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships April 27-28 at the Stermole Track and Field Complex/Crouch Field Events Complex in Golden, Colorado.

The schedule begins at 9 a.m. Friday with the first event of the Decathlon, while the field events get going with the the men's long jump at 10:30 a.m. and the running events begin at 10:35 a.m. with the 10,000m run. The women's hammer throw kicks off the throw events at 12 p.m. Preliminary events on the track are set to start at 2 p.m. The action continues at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. 

The Championships will be streamed live on A monthly subscription can be purchased for $29.99 or a yearly subscription is available at $12.50 a month ($150/year). Live results will be available for free. Both are linked above. 

The Pack men will enter the Championships ranked No. 8 nationally in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings. The ThunderWolves have 11 individuals and a relay team seeded in the top five of their events.

In both the 800m and 1500m races CSU-Pueblo is seeded one-two, as Thomas Staines (So., Coloraodo Springs, Colo.) and Devundrick Walker (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) have the top spots in the 800 and Derrick Williams (Sr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) and Michael Duran (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) are the favorites in the 1500. Staines (1:47.96) and Walker (1:48.59) both come in with NCAA automatic times that rank first and fourth, respectively, in NCAA Division II. Walker was the RMAC Indoor Champion in the 800m. Williams (3:47.77) and Duran (3:47.87) own provisional times in the 1500 that rank 10th and 14th nationally.

The 4x400m relay team enters the championships as the favorite in the race, as they own the fourth fastest time (3:09.72) in NCAA Division II this season. The squad is made up Dueth Vassell (Sr., Denver, Colo.), Walker, Shawn Horne (Jr., Camp Casey, South Korea) and Staines. 

Horne sits as the second seed in the 200m dash with a provisional time of 21.24. Williams is also third in the 5000m run with his NCAA automatic time of 13:55.57. Indoor Champion in the 400m, Vassell is seeded fourth in the race with a time of 47.89.

Outside the track, senior Ron Sweeten (Falcon, Colo.) is seeded third in the triple jump with his best leap of 14.48m earning a provisional mark. Junior Jacob Smith (Strasburg, Colo.) has a provisional point total of 6,282 in the decathlon to earn the fourth seed at the championships. Freshman Jordan Whitley (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is fifth in the long jump with a mark of 7.00m and freshman Nathan Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is fifth in the discus with his throw of 48.73m.

The women rank 10th in the USTFCCCA South Central Region rankings. The Pack have athletes totaling 11 seeds in the top six of the nine events, plus the 4x400m relay team.  

Starting with the field events, RMAC Indoor Champion in the pole vault, senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.), will enter the outdoor Championships seeded third in the event with a provisional mark of 3.65m. She will also start the high jump seeded third with her best leap of 1.65m. In the long jump, sophomore Lauren Fairchild (McKinney, Texas) is seeded fourth with a top jump of 5.69m. 

In the throws arena, sophomore Nikol Podlacha (USAF Academy, Colo.) is coming off RMAC Field Athlete of the Week honors and is seeded fifth in the discus with a provisional throw of 44.93m. Right behind her is sophomore Jenna McKinley (Mosca, Colo.) with the sixth best seed and a mark of 44.92m. 

Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) will enter the 3000m steeplechase with the third seed and eighth fastest time in NCAA Division II (10:30.14). Ranked fifth in the race is sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) with a time of 10:45.40 that is also an NCAA provisional time and sits 17th nationally. Both student-athletes are entered in the 5000m run, where Roberts is ranked fifth with an NCAA provisional time of 17:11.53. Maness is ninth with at time of 17:38.17. 

The women's 4x400m relay squad is ranked fourth entering the Championships with a time of 4:01.75. The team is made up of Fairchild, Nicole Bouma (Fr., Kalispell, Mont.), Yasmine Hernandez (Fr., Johnstown, Colo.) and Urenda.

In addition to their ranking in the relay, Fairchild is sixth in the 100m dash (12.38), Hernandez is seeded sixth in the 400m dash (58.26) and Bouma is sixth in the 800m run (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.