USTFCCCA doles out NCAA Outdoor All-American honors to six members of the Pack

USTFCCCA doles out NCAA Outdoor All-American honors to six members of the Pack

USTFCCCA RELEASE

NEW ORLEANS (June 4, 2018) - Last week, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association handed out its All-American honors for the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships and in the process recognized six members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field programs.

The six ThunderWolves (four men and two women) totaled seven awards, as senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was named a USTFCCCA First Team All-American in the 3000m steeplechase, where he was fourth, and second team for his 12th place finish in the 5000m run. Sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) captured his second National Championship (2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Champion) when he won the 800m in a championships record time of 1:46.56. Also in the 800m, junior Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.) was seventh to earn First Team All-America honors. Finally for the men, sophomore Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) found the podium in the 10,000m run when he finished seventh for first team laurels. 

The ThunderWolves men collected 12 points in the 800m and totaled 19 for the Championships to finish alone in 12th. The Pack were second among Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schools, as Colorado School of Mines tied for 10th with 23 points. The finish for the ThunderWolves marks the third best finish at the outdoor championships in program history behind the 1967 (7th) and 1980 (10th) teams. 

On the women's side, senior Angelique Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) tied for eighth in the pole vault to gather her first All-American honor of her career and become the first NCAA Outdoor All-American for the women's program since 2011. Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) was 10th in the 3000m steeplechase to be named USTFCCCA Second Team All-American. 

The half point gathered by Urenda put the CSU-Pueblo women's team 70th for the Championships and one of 72 programs to score.

ALL-AMERICAN BIOS 

LAGUERA

All-American in the 10,000m run after finishing seventh with a personal best time of 30:19.15 ... Made his outdoor track and field national meet debut … Posted a converted 10K time of 29:46.80 at the CSU-Pueblo Spank Blasing Meet to rank No. 11 in NCAA Division II entering the championships … RMAC Champion in the 5,000m race … All-RMAC First Team in the 5K ... Recorded a top 5K time of 14:18.02 at the Bryan Clay Invitational that ranked 25th nationally with an NCAA provisional time. 

ROBERTS

USTFCCCA Second Team All-American after finishing 10th in the 3000m steeplecahse with a time of 10:36.27 ... Returned to the outdoor championships after qualifying for the steeplechase in 2017 (Was 13th in the prelims) … USTFCCCA All-Region (3000m Steeplechase) … All-RMAC Second Team in the 3000m Steeplechase and the 5000m ... Recorded a time of 10:30.14 in the steeplechase at the Bryan Clay Invitational to sit 11th nationally with her provisional time … Gathered NCAA provisional times in both the 1500m run (4:32.33) and 5000m run (17:11.53) and ranked 44th nationally in both entering the championships.

STAINES 

NCAA Division II Outdoor National Champion in the 800m ... Recorded a Championships meet record and school record time of 1:46.56 to earn All-American honors ... National qualifier in the 800m and with the 4x400m relay team … Ran to second team All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800m ... Was the NCAA Indoor National Champion in the 800m … USTFCCCA All-Region in four events (400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x400m relay) … RMAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year ... All-RMAC First Team in the 800m and with the 4x400m relay team ... Converted 800m time of 1:47.55 in his run to the RMAC Championship was the best in NCAA Division II this outdoor season … His time was a meet record and new school record … Was fifth nationally with an automatic time in the 400m dash (46.19) and 12th in the division in the 1500m run (3:47.26) … Anchored the 4x400m relay team all season long and guided them to a time of 3:09.72 at the Bryan Clay Invitational to rank eighth nationally … Also a member of the 4x400m relay team that won the RMAC Championship and established a new meet record … USTFCCCA NCAA Division II National Athlete of the Week (May 1) … RMAC Track Athlete of the Week (April 2).

WALKER 

All-American in the 800m run when he finished seventh with a time of 1:48.92 ... National qualifier in the 800m and with the 4x400m relay team … Ran in the 800m run for the third time at the national outdoor championships (2015 and 2016) and was a 2015 All-American (6th) … USTFCCCA All-Region (800m and 4x400m relay) … All-RMAC First Team in the 800m ... Recorded an NCAA automatic time of 1:48.59 in the 800m at the Bryan Clay Invitational, which has him ranked fourth in NCAA Division II entering the championships ... Reached the podium in the 800m at the RMAC Championships when he finished third … A member of the 4x400m relay team and helped guide them to a time of 3:09.72 at the Bryan Clay Invitational to rank eighth nationally entering the championships. 

URENDA

All-American in the pole vault when she finished tied for eighth with a top vault of 3.75m ... Made her outdoor track and field national meet debut ... USTFCCCA All-Region (Pole Vault) … All-RMAC First Team in the high jump and All-RMAC Second Team in the pole vault ... Vaulted the best mark in the region this season May 13, as she cleared 3.88m at the Mines Sunday Last Chance to establish a school record and move her up to No. 13 in NCAA Division II entering the championships … Found the podium in the high jump at the RMAC Championships with a third-place finish.

WILLIAMS

All-American in the 3000m steeplechase with a personal best time of 8:52.61 to finish fourth ... He was 12th in the 5000m run with a time of 14:36.42 to gather USTFCCCA Second Team All-American honors … Competed in both races at the national championships for the third time in his career and is now a three-time All-American in the steeplechase (2016 and 2017) and a two-time All-American in the 5000m (first time in 2017) … USTFCCCA All-Region (3000m Steeplechase and 5000m) … All-RMAC in the 1500m and 5000m ... Posted an NCAA automatic mark at the Bryan Clay Invitational, as he was sixth nationally in the 5000m with a time of 13:55.57 entering the championships … His efforts in the steeplechase at the CSU-Pueblo Spank Blasing Invite had him ranked No. 8 nationally with a time of 8:56.54 … RMAC Champion in the 1500m … Reached the podium in the 5000m race with a third-place finish … NCAA provisional time of 3:47.77 in the 1500m came at the CU Invitational. 

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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.