BOZEMAN, Mont. (September 17, 2016) - Junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) won the 40th running of the Montana State University/Bozeman Running Company Invitational Saturday, to guide the No. 11 Colorado State University-Pueblo men's cross country team to a meet victory. The women's team finished sixth among 14 teams, first in the college division.
The Pack men bested eight NCAA Division I teams and 12 other programs overall. Williams picked up his first victory of the year, as his 5-mile time of 24:30.5 was faster than the 137 other racers.
Right behind Williams for second was sophomore Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico), as he recorded a mark of 24.32.2. Freshman Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) crossed the finish line in 24:41.2 to place fifth.
As a team, the ThunderWolves finished ahead of seven NCAA Division I teams, which included edging Utah State Unviersity. Both the Pack and Utah State recorded 57 points, but CSU-Pueblo posted a team time of 2:04:58, just 22 seconds ahead of the Aggies. The win is the second of the season for the ThunderWolves after taking the title at the Border Classic, Sept. 2.
The CSU-Pueblo women were sixth overall in a field with nine NCAA Division I teams, four of which they beat. In the college division, the Pack was first of five squads.
Guiding the ThunderWolves for the second straight week was junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.). She ran the 3-mile race in 17:18.0 to finish 15th overall and first among the college division runners. Senior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) posted a 17:25.7 to finish 21st.
Next for the Pack is another NCAA Division I test at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Oct. 1.
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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.