PITTSBURG, Kan. (March 8, 2019) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's track and field program had a history day at the NCAA Division II National Championships, as it crowned a national champion, totaled five All-Americans and has scored more team points in program history.
Friday marked the first day of indoor nationals in Pittsburg, Kansas at the Art Robert W. Plaster Center at Pittsburg State University.
Junior Lauren Fairchild (McKinney, Texas) became the second national champion in program history and the first indoor champ. The last national champion was also in the long jump, as Yvonne Taylor claimed the outdoor title in 1982. Fairchild crushed her own school record on her first jump with a leap of 6.02m. Then with her second jump, she beat it again and jumped 20 feet and one inch, a mark of 6.12m, which edged Fatim Affessi of West Texas A&M's jump of 6.11m. Fairchild entered the NCAA Division II Championships ranked seventh in the field with a jump of 5.93m.
Just minutes after Fairchild received her award at the top of the podium, the women's distance medley relay started. The Pack entered the championships with a time of 11:37.93 to rank as the seventh fastest in the field.
Sophomore Hailey Streff (Madison, S.D.) started things off in the 1200m leg and had a strong run and then passed the baton to senior Tatianna Clanton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) for the 400m leg. When she passed the baton to sophomore Yasmine Hernandez (Johnstown, Colo.) to the 800m the Pack were in the top four. With the final leg on the shoulders of Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.), the sophomore posted a strong mile to help guide the Pack to fourth.
CSU-Pueblo recorded a school record time of 11:34.57 to place fourth and score five team points.
Between Fairchild and the DMR the ThunderWolves totaled 15 points to sit fourth in the field, which is already the most points the team has ever compiled at the indoor national championships. CSU-Pueblo has also established the most All-Americans at one championship (indoor or outdoor) in program history.
Saturday, sophomore Reagan Andrews (San Pedro, Calif.) will wrap the championships for the Pack. She will compete at her first NCAA Division II Championship when the triple jump begins at 4:55 p.m. MT. She joined the Pack this semester and qualified for nationals with her mark at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. She jumped 12.11m in the triple jump to finish second and earn All-RMAC First Team honors. She ranks 17th in the field.