GOLDEN, Colo. (April 29, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's track and field team totaled five Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships and established two new RMAC Outdoor Championships records on the final day of the meet Sunday. The No. 8 men finished third, while the women were seventh.
As a team, the ThunderWolves totaled 107 points to finish third of 11 teams and just one point behind University of Colorado Colorado Springs at the Stermole Track and Field Complex/Crouch Field Events Complex in Golden, Colorado. On Sunday along, the men compiled 94 points. The women gathered 55 points to finish seventh and in the middle of the 14 teams.
Thomas Staines (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) recorded a new RMAC Championships record when he posted a time of 1:48.34 in the 800m to be crowned Champion. Running to a third-place finish was Devundrick Walker (Jr., Aurora, Colo.), as he crossed the finish line in 1:53.79 to hand the Pack 16 points. Staines' time was an automatic mark and converted to 1:47.55 to improve on his season-best time, which was already tops in NCAA Division II.
The ThunderWolves 4x400m relay team also established a new RMAC Championships record when they posted a time of 3:11.84. The foursome was made up of Tevin Donnell (Jr., Falcon, Colo.), Shawn Horne (Jr., Camp Casey, South Korea), senior Dueth Vassell (Denver, Colo.) and Staines. The time was a provisional mark.
Derrick Williams (Sr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) claimed the RMAC Championship in the 1500m run when he posted a time of 4:01.55. The Pack gathered 16 points in the race, as Michael Duran (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) was third with a time of 4:02.58.
Horne raced to his first individual RMAC Championship when he won the 200m dash with a time of 21.07. Donnell was fifth in the 200m dash with a time of 21.27. Horne's converted time of 21.14 was a provisional mark and ranks 17th nationally.
In the 5000m run, junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) raced to an RMAC Championship when he crossed the finish line in 15:00.04. The ThunderWolves totaled 17 points in the race, as Williams was third with a time of 15:12.50 and sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) was eighth when he finished in 15:44.18. Laguera's time was good for a provisional time.
The men's 4x100m relay team set the tone for the Pack in the first track event of the day, as the foursome of Ron Sweeten (Sr., Falcon, Colo.), Donnell, Orlando Mosley (So., Denver, Colo.) and Horne finished second to score eight points. They crossed the finish line in 40.97, which was an NCAA provisional time and just ahead of third place (41.08).
Donnell was the team's second top point getter for the Championships, as he helped gather 27 points. In addition to the relays and his performance in the 200m, he scored for the Pack in the 100m final, as he was fourth with a time of 10.67 to gather five team points. Horne helped totaled 28 points for the team.
Vassell was fifth in the 400m dash with a time of 47.95 to total four points. Freshman Nathan Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was fifth in the discus with his throw of 47.64m for four team points.
The women's team recorded 25 points for the second straight day to finish with 55.
Junior Nikol Podlacha (USAF Academy, Colo.) was the lone member of the Pack to reach the podium Sunday, as she finished third in the discus. Her throw of 42.76m was good for third and six team points.
The 4x400m relay squad ran to fourth-place with a time of 3:56.60 to total five team points. The squad, which produced a season-best run, was made up of Lauren Fairchild (So., McKinney, Texas), Yasmine Hernandez (Fr., Johnstown, Colo.), Angelique Urenda (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) and Nicole Bouma (Fr., Kalispell, Mont.).
Senior Miriam Roberts (Boudler, Colo.) was fifth in the 5000m run, as she crossed the finish line in 18:26.07. The Pack totaled six points in the race when sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) finished in 18:26.98 for seventh.
Fairchild gathered 13 total points for the championships, which included 10 total (five individually) on the final day. She was sixth in the 200m dash final with at time of 24.91 and was seventh in the 100m dash with a time of 12.15. Both marks were season-best efforts.
In the 400m dash, Hernandez was seventh with a time of 58.19. Bouma scored a point for the Pack with her eighth-place finish in the 800m run with a time of 2:21.35.
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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.