NEW ORLEANS (September 15, 2016) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's cross country team jumped seven spots to No. 11 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country NCAA Division II Coaches' Poll, released by the organization Wednesday. The ranking was the highest in program history after earning the first-ever top 25 selection in the preseason poll.
The seven spot leap was the largest by any team in the week one poll and comes after the ThunderWolves finished second only to the defending national champion and No. 1 team, Colorado School of Mines, at the Colorado College Invitational, Sept. 10. CSU-Pueblo gathered 112 points in the poll, 18 out of a top 10 placing.
The men moved up a spot in the NCAA South Central Region poll and now sit fourth from their No. 5 ranking in the preseason poll. The Pack moved ahead of West Texas A&M University, who they beat in the first meet of the year, to help the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference own all of the top four spots.
The CSU-Pueblo women's cross country team was again No. 7 in the week one regional poll. Seven of the top eight teams hail from the RMAC. The Pack have won both their meets this season and crowned a champion in each event, as well.
The ThunderWolves squads travel to the Bozeman Running Company/Montana State Invite in Boseman, Montana, Sept. 17. The men's race at Bridger Creek Golf Course 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.