NEW ORLEANS For the second consecutive indoor season, junior Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's track and field team has been honored as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Central Region Track Athlete of the Year, announced by the organization Monday.
Staines gathers the award after establishing a Division II all-conditions record in the 800m, setting the British record in the 600m and winning Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships as the anchor of the distance medley relay and 4x400m relay squads.
Last week, the junior was named RMAC Track Athlete of the Year for the second straight season. This weekend he will defend his 800m indoor title and run with the DMR at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships.
National Qualifier in the 800m and with the DMR ... USTFCCCA South Central Region Track Athlete of the Year ... USTFCCCA All-Region in the 800m ... RMAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year for the second straight season ... RMAC Champion with the DMR and 4x400m relay team ... All-RMAC First Team with the DMR and the 4x400m squad .... USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week and RMAC Track Athlete of the Week on Feb. 11 ... Owns the seventh fastest time in the world and third among all college divisions this season in the 800m with his time of 1:46.27 ... Ran the time at the GVSU Big Meet - Friday to establish an NCAA Division II all-conditions record ... Runs the mile leg of the DMR which owned the sixth fastest time in NCAA Division II this season ... Also runs the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay team, which had the 20th fastest time in NCAA Division II this season ... Both relay squads were RMAC Champions, while the 4x400m relay established a new RMAC Championships record ... Staines also ran the 600m in 1:15.31 to break the British record ... The mark was the fastest in the world at the time and now ranks third this season and tied for 10th all-time.