INDIANAPOLIS Six members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs have been selected to participate at the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, set for May 25-27 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Representing the men are senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the 1500m run, freshman Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in the 800m and junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) in both the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m.
On the women's side for the ThunderWolves, senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) will run the 800m, junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) is set to compete in the 3000m steeplechase and senior Andrea Tuck (Canon City, Colo.) has qualified in the heptathlon.
All six of the athletes listed above gathered U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region honors Tuesday for the same events they have qualified in. Williams earned the recognition in both the steeplechase and 5000m, while Riley was also a two-time winner with her performance in the 400m dash. Additionally, freshman Taliah Burney (Colorado Springs, Colo.)gathered all-region recognition for her time in the 400m.
The top five individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions' top three relay teams.
Carter recorded the only NCAA automatic time for the Pack this season, as he posted a converted time of 3:45.16 at the Colorado Invitational (April 8) to rank fifth in Division II. The senior returns to the outdoor championships after qualifying in the 800m run in 2015. This indoor season he earned All-American honors with the men's distance medley relay team and also qualified for nationals in the mile.
Staines ran to a converted time of 1:49.58 in the 800m race at the Colorado School of Mines Nature's Bakery Invite (April 22). He ranks 10th in the championships field. The freshman returns to the national stage after qualifying for the 800m run at the indoor championships.
Williams ranks ninth nationally with his 5000m time of 14:03.66, which he ran at the Bryan Clay Invite (April 13). The junior ran to a qualifying time of 8:57.27 in the steeplechase at the CSU-Pueblo Open (April 2). The back-to-back Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Steeplechase Champion qualified and ran both events at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championship where he finished fourth in the steeple to earn All-American honors and was unable to finish the 5000m due to injury. Williams was an indoor All-American in the 3000m run (fourth) and with the men's DMR (third).
Riley's qualifying time came at the Bryan Clay Invite (April 14) when she ran to a school record time of 2:08.93, which ranks 16th nationally. The RMAC Outdoor Champion in the 800m will be running at her first NCAA Outdoor Championships, but is no stranger to the national stage. Both Riley (800m) and Tuck (pentathlon) became the first NCAA indoor All-Americans in program history in March, as both placed seventh in their events.
Roberts will also be competing in her first outdoor championship race and first national individual event. She ran with the women's DMR at the indoor championships. Roberts recorded a qualifying time of 10:32.71 at the Bryan Clay Invite (April 13) to break the school steeplechase record. She ranks 16th in the championships field.
Finally, Tuck will be competing in the multi in her fourth consecutive trip to the national championships. She qualified this outdoor season with 5,049 points at the Mt. Sac Relays/California Invitational Multi (April 12-13). She ranks 10th heading to Florida. Tuck was 11th at last year's outdoor championships to earn USTFCCCA Second Team All-American recognition and is coming off an All-American performance at indoor nationals.