CLEVELAND (March 30, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo ranks No. 10 in the final winter standings of the Learfield Directors' Cup following a collectively successful winter season. The rank is the highest in school history at any point of the standings.
The ThunderWolves were No. 22 after the fall, which was the previous top mark. The Pack compiled a record 190 points at NCAA Championships this winter to combine with the 152.5 points from the fall. The 342.5 points is 10th overall and third among Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes (Colorado School of Mines is second, Adams State University is eighth).
The men's track and field program finished tied for 18th at the NCAA Indoor Championships and totaled 55.5 Directors' Cup points. The distance medley relay team finish third, while junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was fourth in the 3000m run. CSU-Pueblo totaled five All-American awards for the second time in the last three years.
The Pack wrestling team finished tied for 22nd at the NCAA Wrestling Championships to total 52 points. JaVaughn Perkins (R-Fr., Omaha, Neb.) finished fourth and JaCobi Jones (Jr., Omaha, Neb.) was eighth to earn All-American honors. The ThunderWolves were crowned RMAC Champions in 2017 for the seventh time in program history.
The women's basketball team earned the right to host the NCAA South Central Region Championships and advanced to the second round of the tournament for just the second time in program history to total 50 cup points. The ThunderWolves finished with a program best 28-4 record and won the RMAC regular season championship.
Finally, the women's track and field team scored points at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time in program history. Senior Andrea Tuck (Canon City, Colo.) was seventh in the pentathlon to become the first NCAA indoor All-American in the program's lore. The next day senior Sydni Riley (Florissant, Colo.) ran to a seventh place finish in the 800m to gather All-American recognition. CSU-Pueblo tied for 40th at the national meet to total 32.5 cup points.
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.
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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.