NEW ORLEANS (October 5, 2016) - Program history was made when the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its weekly national rankings, Wednesday, as the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's team earned its highest-ever ranking at No. 6, while the women's team garnered its first-ever NCAA Division II top 25 nod during a regular season poll at No. 21.
The Pack men jumped five places and back into the top 10 after a week hiatus following a strong performance at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The ThunderWolves finished second (of 45 teams) to then-No. 1 Colorado School of Mines in the Division II section. Third in the division was then-No. 6 in D-II Augustana College (S.D.), who the Pack bumped to No. 7.
CSU-Pueblo is the third highest ranked team in the RMAC behind No. 1 Adams State University and No. 3 Colorado Mines. The Pack are also third in the South Central Region behind those two squads.
As for the women, the ThunderWolves are into the top 25 following a winning performance in the Division II section of the Chilie Pepper Festival. The Pack bested 39 other non-Division I teams to catapult them from non-ranked to No. 21.
The Pack are one of four teams from the RMAC ranked nationally, as Adams State is No. 1, Western State Colorado University is No. 4 and at No. 12 is University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
CSU-Pueblo moved up two spots in the regional poll to No. 5. The top five finishing teams at the regional meet (Nov. 5 in Denver, Colo.) advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships.
The Pack were ranked No. 20 in the 2015 preseason poll, but never made an appearance in a regular season ranking. The poll was established by the coaches association in 2000.
Both teams are off until the RMAC Championships, which is set for Oct. 22 in Spearfish, S.D.
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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.