No. 8 men, No. 21 women ready for RMAC Cross Country Championships Saturday


PUEBLO, Colo. (October 21, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's cross country programs will run at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 22 in Spearfish, S.D.

The event, hosted by Black Hills State University, is set to begin with the men's 8K race at 10 a.m., while the 6K women's race will run at 11 a.m. The conference races will run at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club.

The men's team is ranked No. 8 nationally in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll. The Pack have recorded two first-place finishes this season and were second in the other two meets leading to the championship portion of the schedule.

The ThunderWolves won the Border Classic to start the season, but more impressively, took home the top honor at the Bozeman Running Company/Montana State Invite, which was loaded with NCAA Division I talent. The two second place finishes were behind defending national champion Colorado School of Mines.

Junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.), sophomore Marcelo Laguera (Chihauhau, Mexico) and freshman Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) have guided the Pack this season. Williams won the MSU Invite and was honored as RMAC Runner of the Week.

The women enter the conference championships ranked No. 21 nationally after cracking the regular season coaches' top 25 poll for the first time in program history. CSU-Pueblo has three event wins in 2016, which includes finishing first in the Division II section of the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. The Pack bested 40 other teams in the win and was guided by senior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.). She was third in the division and 31st overall and was honored as RMAC Runner of the Week.

Running with Hughes at the lead of the Pack this season has been junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) and senior Jordan Mathes (Boise, Idaho).

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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.