COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 10, 2016) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's cross country team won the Colorado College Invitational at Monument Valley Park Saturday, while the men's squad finished second behind the 2016 NCAA Division II Champions. Junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) finished first in the women's 6K race.
Roberts and senior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) crossed the finish line a the same time of 22:28, but Roberts edged Hughes for the individual medalist honors. Senior Jordan Mathes (Boise, Idaho) was third with a time of 22:36.
With the top three finishers and a top 10 finish from freshman Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.), the ThunderWolves edeged Colorado School of Mines (ranked No. 24 nationally) for the team title in the six-team race. They ran a time of 1:57:14, while Mines posted a 1:57:30.
On the men's side, the ThunderWolves (ranked No. 18 nationally) recorded the second, third and fourth place finishers. Sophomore Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) was second in the 8K race with a time of 24:57. He was just two seconds off Nathanael Williams of Colorado Mines. A step behind Laguera was freshman Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.), who posted a time of 24:58. Junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was fourth after crossing the finish line at 25:03.
Colorado Mines returns this season as the defending national champions and preseason favorites in the national coach's poll. In addition to having an athelte win the race, the Orediggers had finishers in the fifth through 10th spots. They clocked a 2:05:57, while the Pack combined for a team time of 2:06:52. There were six total teams in the race, including five from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Next for the Pack is the Bozeman Running Company/Montana State Invite in Boseman, Montana, Sept. 17. The men's race is set for 9 a.m. with the women to follow at 9:45 a.m.
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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.