ThunderWolves rank 34th in final winter standings of Learfield Directors' Cup

ThunderWolves rank 34th in final winter standings of Learfield Directors' Cup


CLEVELAND (April 12, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo ranks No. 34 in the final winter standings of the Learfield Directors' Cup following a successful winter season at the NCAA Championships.

The ThunderWolves were tied for 55th after the fall with 97 points, then compiled 159.25 points at the winter championships to total 256.25 points. The point total is fifth among Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes, as Colorado School of Mines is fourth, Adams State University is ninth, Western State Colorado University is 14th and Colorado Mesa University is 24th. 

The men's track and field program finished tied for ninth at the NCAA Indoor Championships to record their highest finish at the indoor national championships in program history. The team totaled 68.25 Directors' Cup points. The squad was led by the first indoor national champion in program history, as sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) broke the meet record on his way to the title in the 800m run. The distance medley relay team finished runner-up by just 0.44 seconds, while junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was fifth in the 3000m run. CSU-Pueblo totaled six first team All-American awards.

The Pack wrestling team also made some history, as their 11th place finish at the NCAA Wrestling Championships was the best since the program restarted in 2008. The Pack totaled 66 points in the standings and were guided by a runner-up finish from JaVaughn Perkins (R-So., Omaha, Neb.) at 184. Senior heavyweight Cody Johnson (Broken Arrow, Okla.) also earned All-American honors when he placed fourth. 

The women's basketball team gathered 25 cup points for their appearance in the NCAA Championships. After winning both the regular season and RMAC Tournament Championship for the first time in program history, the ThunderWolves were the third seed at the NCAA South Central Region Championships.

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.

About Learfield: An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletics departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors' Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.

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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.