FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (October 1, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country teams had an extremely successful trip to the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas Saturday, as the women won the Division II section, while the men were second.
The women ran a team time of 1:29:30 in the 5K to average 17:57 and post a score of 80, which was 10 points ahead of Southwest Baptist and 14 points ahead of No. 22 Colorado School of Mines. The Pack defeated 39 other non-Division I teams, while their team time was good for eighth overall (58 teams), ahead of 11 NCAA Division I programs.
Individually, Bailey Hughes (Sr., Bigfork, Mont.) ran a 17:31.6, which was good for third in the division and 31st overall. On her heels was junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.), who crossed the finish line at 17:32 to post a fourth-place finish (32nd overall). Senior Jordan Mathes (Boise, Idaho) was ninth in the division with a time of 17:41.9.
The No. 11 Pack men didn't win, but posted a big performance finishing behind No. 1 Colorado Mines for second (of 45 teams) in the division, while their team time was good for third overall behind NCAA Division I and host University of Arkansas (ranked No. 5 in Division I) and the Orediggers. The ThunderWolves ran a team time of 2:02:58 in the 8K race with a average time of 24:35, just four ticks behind the Orediggers. They scored a 90, while CSM posted 62 points (Arkasas recorded a 32).
Third in the division was No. 6 in D-II Augustana College, fourth was the No. 1 junior college in the nation, Iowa Central Community College and fifth was D-II No. 19 Missouri Southern.
Junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was second in the collegiate division and 13th overall (583 runners) with a time of 24:02.0 (4:50.2 average mile). A runner from Colorado Mines was fifth, then two Pack runners came in sixth and seventh in the non-Division I group. Freshman Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) ran a 24:11.7 for sixth and 20th overall, while sophomore Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) was seventh and 23rd overall with a time of 24:17.4.
The meet was the final preparation for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships, which are set for Oct. 22 in Spearfish, S.D. and hosted by Black Hills State University.
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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.