Williams crowned Academic Athlete of the Year for the fourth time; 19 members of the Pack honored

Williams crowned Academic Athlete of the Year for the fourth time; 19 members of the Pack honored


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 10, 2018) - For the last two years of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Track and Field there has been just one named as the top male student-athlete and that person is Colorado State University-Pueblo senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.), as he gathered RMAC Outdoor Track and Field Male Academic Athlete of the Year honors for his fourth award of its kind.

Williams was also named to the RMAC All-Academic First Team, as he gathered the top academic honor for the outdoor season for the second consecutive year to lead a total of 19 members of the Pack to recieve academic recognition from the league office. Sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) was named to the first team for the third time in 2017-18 after getting the nod for both the cross country and indoor seasons. Not to be outdone, older sister Miriam Roberts (Sr., Boulder, Colo.) led the women's program as a member of the RMAC Academic All-RMAC First Team. She was a first teamer during the cross coutry season and honor roll following indoors. 

Williams owns a 3.99 GPA in biology (biomedical sciences) and a masters in biology. P. Roberts has a 3.92 GPA in civil engineering technology, while M. Roberts has a 3.57 GPA in EXHPR (general exercise science). 

The award winners, along with the other First Team All-Academic members, were voted on by the conference's sports information directors. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.

All student-athletes that meet those requirements, but were not voted First Team, automatically qualify for Honor Roll.

CSU-Pueblo Men's Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll

Alec Choury (So., Westminster, Colo., 3.99, Sociology - Criminology)
Tevin Donnell (Jr., Fountain, Colo., 3.31, Business Management)
Michael Duran (R-Fr., Pueblo, Colo., 3.43, EXHPR - General Exercise Science)
Shawn Horne (Jr., Camp Casey, South Korea, 3.57, EXHPR - General Exercise Science)
Marcelo Laguera (Jr., Chihuahua, Mexico, 3.33, Civil Engineering Technology)
Orlando Mosley (So., Denver, Colo., EXHPR - General Exercise Science)
Dueth Vassell (Sr., Denver, Colo., 3.56, Biology - Biomedical Science)
Ben Vaughan (Sr., Great Falls, Mont., 3.51, EXHPR - General Exercise Science)

CSU-Pueblo Women's Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll

Lauren Fairchild (So., McKinney, Texas, 3.62, Biology - Pre-Physical Therapy)
Allison Hebard (So., Fairbanks, Alaska, 3.30, Industrial Engineering)
Rachael Lopez (Sr., Fort Lupton, Colo., 3.53, EXHPR - General Exercise Science)
Gillian Maness (So., Kalispell, Mont., 3.85, Psychology and Foreign Language - Spanish)
Angelina Martin (So., Littleton, Colo., 3.51, Biology  - Pre-Veterinary Medicine)
Jenna McKinley (So., Mosca, Colo., 3.90, EXHPR  - Teacher Prep K-12)
Nikol Podlacha (So., USAF Academy, Colo., 3.60, Economics - Finance)
Angelique Urenda (Sr., Pueblo, Colo., 3.76, Liberal Studies)



RMAC Academic Athlete of the Year (2017 indoor/outdoor, 2018 indoor/outdoor) ... RMAC All-Academic First Team (indoor/outdoor) ... NCAA Elite 90 Award Winner at NCAA Indoor Championships ... RMAC Summit Award winner at RMAC Indoor Championships ...  RMAC Outdoor Champion in the 1500m ... Placed third in the 5000m run at RMAC Outdoor Championships ... Owns national qualifying marks in the 5000m (auto time of 13:55.57 to rank 6th), 3000m Steeplechase (provisional time of 8:56.54 to sit 7th) and 1500m (provisional time of 3:47.77 to rank 16th).


RMAC All-Academic First Team (XC, Indoor, Outdoor) ... Holds NCAA provisional times in the 10,000m (30:20.22 to rank 27th) and 5,000m (14:21.83 to rank 29th) ... Was eighth in the 5000m run at the RMAC Championships ... CSU-Pueblo Male Fellowship of Christian Athletes Integrity Award winner.


RMAC All-Academic First Team (XC and Outdoor), RMAC Academic Honor Roll (Indoor) ... Ranks 10th nationally in the 3000m steeplechase this outdoor season with an NCAA provisional time of 10:30.14 ... Also has provisional marks in the 5000m (17:11.53 to rank 34th) and the 1500m (4:32.33 to sit 40th) ... At the RMAC Championships, finished fourth in the 3000m steeplechase and fifth in the 5000m run.


The ThunderWolves men are ranked No. 7 in this week's USTFCCCA national poll and finished the RMAC Championships in third. The Pack compiled 94 points on the final day and totaled 107 for the meet to finish third of 11 teams and just one point behind University of Colorado Colorado Springs. CSU-Pueblo gathered four individual RMAC Champions and the 4x400m relay squad found their way to the top of the podium. The women totaled 55 points to finish seventh and in the middle of the 14 teams. 

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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.