NEW ORLEANS (October 12, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country programs didn't compete last week, but were still holding strong in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll, as the men were ranked No. 8 and the women held on to No. 21.
A week after making history with the men earning their highest ever ranking (No. 6) and the women's first ever program national nod, the Pack men dropped two spots, while the women remained at No. 21.
The Pack last competed at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Oct. 1. The ThunderWolves men finished second (of 45 teams) to then-No. 1 Colorado School of Mines in the Division II section, while the women won the non-Division I meet (40 teams).
On the men's side, CSU-Pueblo is one of four RMAC teams in the top eight behind No. 1 Adams State University, No. 3 Colorado Mines and No. 6 Western State Colorado University. Black Hills State University is No. 13.
The Pack are fourth in the South Central Region behind those highly-ranked three squads. Last week the ThunderWolves had flipped with Western State to No. 3.
The Pack women are one of four teams from the RMAC ranked nationally, as Adams State is No. 1, Western State is No. 4 and at No. 11 is University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
CSU-Pueblo held their ground in the regional poll at No. 5. The top five finishing teams at the regional meet (Nov. 5 in Denver, Colo.) advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Both teams are off until the RMAC Championships, which is set for Oct. 22 in Spearfish, S.D. and hosted by Black Hills State.
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