UCCS' Skylyn Webb becomes first UCCS women's outdoor track and field NCAA champ

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UCCS' Skylyn Webb becomes first UCCS women's outdoor track and field NCAA champ

Charlotte, N.C.: University of Colorado Colorado Springs sophomore Skylyn Webb is the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field national champion in the women's 800-meter run. Webb set a meet and championship record with a time of 2 minutes, 2.47 second Saturday afternoon. She is the first women's outdoor track and field student-athlete at UCCS to win a national championship.

Along with Webb, five more Mountain Lions earned All-America honors at the championship meet, hosted by Johnson C. Smith University.

Starting the competition Saturday was the men's 4x100m relay team of John Douglas, Deshon Elcock, Caleb Simons, and LaChristopher Smith who earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish, crossing the finish line in 40.78 seconds.

Following the men's 4x100m relay, Molly Klotz placed eighth out of 12 runners in the women's 1,500 finals to earn All-American honors. Klotz recorded a time of 4:27.39.

Freshman Sierra Suazo closed out the Mountain Lions performances. Suazo recorded a mark of 36 meters in the discus.

The UCCS women's team recorded 11 points, while the men's team finished with two points.

- CSU-Pueblo sophomore Thomas Staines, a Cheyenne Mountain graduate, was crowned NCAA Division II outdoor national champion in the 800 to claim his second national championship after winning at the indoor championships. Staines ran to a championship meet record.

Staines posted a time of 1:46.56 to establish a meet record and tie his personal and school record. He was third through 400 then made his move with about 200 left to win the race by almost a second.

Staines grabbed the fifth national championship in program history and established his second championships record. His indoor time of 1:47.23 was also a record.

Air Force track and field

Sacramento, Calif.: Backed by her second-highest clearance of the season, Air Force junior Kathryn Tomczak punched her ticket to the finals of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships late Friday at the West Preliminary.

Tomczak qualified to the national finals for the second-straight year after clearing the 13 feet, 8½ inches to finish 12th in the full 48-jumper field. The junior passed on the opening height of 12-4¾ and easily cleared the next bar (12-10¾) on her first try. After clearing 13-4½ on her third attempt, Tomczak advanced to the national meet after successfully breaking the 13-8½ bar on her third chance. As one of 12 vaulters to surpass that clearance, Tomczak secured her spot in the finals of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Over the last two days, Air Force has seen a program-record three women advance to the final site of the NCAA Division I Championships (indoor or outdoor), as Tomczak joined classmate Jaci Smith (10,000-meter run) and senior Shelley Spires (high jump), who punched their tickets to Eugene Thursday.

On the men's side, senior Andrew Milliron capped his collegiate career with the fifth-fastest steeplechase time in Academy history (8:47.97). Milliron, who deleted nearly six seconds off of his previous time in that event to improve his No. 5 standing on the program's all-time list, finished seventh in his heat and 17th in the overall field of 48. In addition, junior Micah Fontaine competed in the opening round of the 110 hurdles this afternoon, clocking a time of 14.69 to finish 40th.