NASHVILLE Less than a week after winning his fourth NCAA Division II National Championship in the 800m run at the outdoor national meet May 25, Colorado State University-Pueblo track and field junior Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) traveled to Vanderbilt University in Nashville May 31 and ran the elite race of the 800m at the Music City Distance Carnival. With the field littered with professionals and some of the top collegiate athletes in the nation, Staines clocked a time of 1:45.67 to hit a World Championships qualifying standard.
Staines, who was representing Great Britain, finished third in his heat and fourth overall in the race, which featured 32 athletes. He missed his personal best by just one tenth of a second (which he established last year at the same event), but his time is good enough to sit at the top of the UK rankings. He currently ranks No. 22 in the world in the 800m run.
He was featured in a British Athletics article this week following the performance.
Former teammate Devundrick Walker (Aurora, Colo.) was also in the race and finished 28th overall with a tme of 1:50.22. He was sixth at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships to earn his third-career outdoor All-American honor in the event.