CLEVELAND (January 3, 2017) - After historic finishes by the Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer and men's and women's cross country programs, the ThunderWolves rank No. 22 in the final fall standings of the NCAA Division II Learfield Directors' Cup.
The ranking is the best in school history after the fall seasons, as the ThunderWolves compiled 152.5 points.
The Pack women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history to score 33 points. The CSU-Pueblo men's team recorded their third top 10 finish in program history with a team score good for ninth. The squad totaled 69 points in the cup standings. The ThunderWolves women capped their first trip to the NCAA Division II Championships in 16th place, the best finish at a national championship meet in school history. The team totaled 58.5 points for their efforts.
CSU-Pueblo's previous top fall finish was 43rd in 2014-15 when the Pack football team won the NCAA Division II National Championship to score 100 points. The ThunderWolves turned in their best final finish that season, as they were 54th with 323 points.
The Pack are fourth among Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schools. Colorado School of Mines is second (324 points), Adams State University (190 points) is eighth and Western State Colorado University (158.5 points) is 17th.
The Learfield Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships. The Directors' Cup Committee is reviewing the scoring structure for 2016-17 which will be finalized prior to the winter sports standings.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.