Clanton and Staines earn RMAC Track Athlete of the Week honors

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 1, 2019) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's track and field programs swept the weekly track awards the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doled out on Monday. Senior Tatianna Clanton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was named RMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week, while junior Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was honored as RMAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week for the their performances last week.

The honor is the first of the outdoor season for both student-athletes. For the men, it is in the second award of the season, as Marcelo Laguera (Jr., Chihuahua, Mexico) earned the first weekly honor, March 18.

Clanton recorded two event wins on the track and had two provisional marks (100m and long jump) at the Spank Blasing Invite Thursday. She won the 100m dash with a time of 11.93 to hit an NCAA provisional mark that ranks 16th in Division II this season. She also won the 200m dash with a time of 24.47. Clanton ran the anchor leg of the 4x100m relay to help the Pack to second in the race with a time of 47.62. The senior grabbed another NCAA mark when she posted a leap of 5.84m (19' 2") in the long jump. She ranks 11th nationally in the event.

At the Stanford Invitational Saturday, Staines ran to the fastest 800m time in NCAA Division II this season when he finished third (of 43 athletes) in the stacked race with NCAA Division I athletes. His provisional time of 1:48.96 was third by just 0.67 seconds, while the mark was only 0.18 ticks off the NCAA Division II automatic time. He ranks tied for 14th in the event among all divisions this season.

Both ThunderWolves programs will next compete at the CU Invitational Friday and Saturday in Boulder, Colorado.