Men's 4x400m relay runs auto time to secure spot at nationals; Staines adds auto in 800m

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AZUSA, Calif. In the final weekend before selections are announced for the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships, the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's 4x400m relay team ran to an NCAA automatic time and school record to secure their spot at outdoor nationals for the second straight year.

The ThunderWolves recorded a time of 3:08.82 at the Azusa Pacific Twilight and Multi Friday to move from 24th nationally to fifth on the Division II list and the mark is one of just five autos this outdoor season. The Pack won the race with the foursome of Jordan Whitley (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Shawn Horne (Sr., Camp Casey, South Korea), Devundrick Walker (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) and Thomas Staines (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.).

The next day at the Oxy Invite, hosted by Occidental College, Staines improved on his qualifying time in the 800m run by securing an automatic mark and running the fastest time in NCAA Division II this season. His time of 1:47.53 is 14th among all divisions this year. He was second in the race to a professional from Puerto Rico.

Also on Saturday, Horne ran the 400m and finished 17th with a time of 48.67, while Whitley was 34th with a mark of 50.83.

Junior Reagan Andrews (San Pedro, Calif.) traveled to California to try and improve on her best triple jump mark, but couldn't quite make it. She jumped 11.30 (37' 1") for seventh Friday at APU and finished sixth at the Oxy Invite with a leap of 11.56m (37' 11.25"). Her top mark of the season was 12.19m (40' 0") ranks 24th on the Division II list.

The selections for the outdoor national championships will be announced Tuesday. The outdoor championships are set for May 23-25 in Kingsville, Texas.