Williams named Academic All-American for the third time; Choury gathers Academic All-America honors

Williams named Academic All-American for the third time; Choury gathers Academic All-America honors

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AUSTIN, Texas (June 20, 2018) - Two members of Colorado State University-Pueblo men's cross country/track and field were named Google Cloud Academic All-America® First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was named to the first team for the third time, while it was the first honor for Alec Choury (Jr./So., Westminster, Colo.).

Williams was one of just three student-athletes on the All-America teams to earn three or more honors and was one of two that has three first team awards. He owns a 3.99 GPA while pursuing biology undergraduate and graduate degrees. Choury owns a 3.99 GPA in sociology. 

The ThunderWolves men's programs finished fourth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Men's Program of the Year standings. In a historic 2017-18 campaign, the Pack gathered 15 first or second team All-American awards by seven different student-athletes and sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was crowned an NCAA Division II National Champion in both the indoor and outdoor 800m.

The Pack got things started with three All-Americans and a second straight top 10 performance at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. The Pack were seventh to tie for the second best finish in program history. CSU-Pueblo then totaled 22 points at the indoor championships to tie for ninth place, which was the best indoor finish in program history. Staines' national title was the first indoor championship in program history. The distance medley relay squad were national runner-ups after missing a title by less than a second. The ThunderWolves collected seven All-American honors by five different athletes. Finally, four members of the team totaled five All-American honors after the outdoor championships, as the Pack collected 19 points to finish alone in 12th. The placing for the ThunderWolves marked the third best spot at the outdoor championships in program history behind the 1967 (7th) and 1980 (10th) teams. 

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA BIOS

CHOURY

3.99 GPA in Sociology/Criminology

Google Cloud Academic All-America® First Team ... Google Cloud Academic All-District® ... Academic All-RMAC First Team Cross Country, Honor Roll for Indoor and Outdoor T&F ... USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country ... Named USTFCCCA All-American after clocking a time of 31:46.5 in the 10K NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships to post a 28th place finish ... Was 30th at the 10K regional race after crossing the finish line in 32:07.52 ... All-RMAC First Team after finishing 11th at the RMAC Championships (8K - 25:40.5) ... Finished 14th at the 32nd Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout with an 8K time of 26:54.1 to help the ThunderWolves win their division ... A distance runner during the track seasons.

WILLIAMS

Google Cloud Academic All-America® First Team (third time) ... Google Cloud Academic All-District® (third time) ... RMAC Academic Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year (third and fourth awards) ... Academic All-RMAC First Team indoor and outdoor ... NCAA Elite 90 Award winner at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships (third Elite 90 award) ... RMAC Summit Award winner.

INDOOR

NCAA All-American with the DMR after the squad raced to a runner-up time of 9:41.84, just 0.44 seconds off the winning time ... NCAA All-American in the 3000m with a time of 8:08.63, which placed fifth ... National Qualifier in the 3000m run and ran the 1600m leg (anchor) of the DMR ... USTFCCCA All-Region (mile, DMR) ... Ran an NCAA provisional converted time of 8:07.79 at the Mines D-II Invite & Multi (Jan. 26) to rank 11th in Division II ... The DMR ran a converted time of 9:46.78 at the Mines D-II Invite & Multi, an automatic time that enters the national championships fourth in Division II ... Posted an NCAA automatic time in the mile with a mark of 4:01.79 at Colorado Invitational (Feb. 2) that finished the regular season seventh ... Also had a NCAA provisional time in the 800m run.

OUTDOOR

NCAA All-American after a fourth-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 8:52.61 ... USTFCCCA Second Team All-American after finishing 12th in the 5000m run at the outdoor championships with a time of 14:36.42 ... Competed in the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m at the national championships for the third time in his career … USTFCCCA All-Region (3000m Steeplechase and 5000m) … All-RMAC in the 1500m and 5000m ... Posted an NCAA automatic mark at the Bryan Clay Invitational, as he is sixth nationally in the 5000m with a time of 13:55.57 … His efforts in the steeplechase at the CSU-Pueblo Spank Blasing Invite has him ranked No. 8 nationally with a time of 8:56.54 … RMAC Champion in the 1500m … Reached the podium in the 5000m race with a third-place finish … NCAA provisional time of 3:47.77 in the 1500m came at the CU Invitational.

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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.