Staines named national and conference athlete of the week

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PUEBLO, Colo (Feb. 12, 2019) - Colorado State University-Pueblo junior Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was recognized as the national and conference runner of the week Tuesday, by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, respectfully.

The USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Male National Athlete of the Week award is the third of Staines' career and second during an indoor season. He gathered the honor during both the indoor and outdoor seasons last year.

The RMAC Male Track Athlete of the Week recognition is the second of this indoor season for the junior (Jan. 21).

Staines ran in the 800m in 1:46.27 at the GVSU Big Meet - Friday to record the NCAA Division II all-conditions record. He ranks third among all college divisions this year and sits seventh in the world. Staines broke his own school record, established at last year's NCAA Indoor Championships. He won the race by nearly three seconds. At the GVSU Big Meet - Saturday, Staines ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay to help the ThunderWolves hit an NCAA provisional mark of 3:14.73.

The CSU-Pueblo men's track and field team moved up to No. 14 in the USTFCCCA rankings. The Pack improved four spots from last week's listing.

The ThunderWolves head to Golden, Colorado Feb. 16 for a meeting with Colorado School of Mines.