Paul Roberts guides Pack men to fourth; Women seventh at CSU Duals


FORT COLLINS, Colo. (September 1, 2017) - Sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) was fourth to guide the No. 7 Colorado State University-Pueblo men's cross country team to fourth at the Colorado State University Duals Friday, which opened the 2017 season. The No. 20 women's program was seventh at the Division I and II meet. 

Roberts was first among four NCAA Division II schools and fourth overall among nine teams and 120 athletes with a time of 14:55 in the 5K race. The Pack averaged 15:35 and totaled 1:17:55. Junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) was 16th overall and third in Division II with a time of 15:14. The final three runners to score crossed the finish line in 16:10 or less. Senior Ben Vaughan (Great Falls, Mont.) was 28th with a time of 15:43, sophomore Logan Morley (Big Fork, Mont.) was 32nd with a mark of 15:53 and sophomore Zach Retzlaff (Pueblo West, Colo.) was 40th when he crossed the finish line in 16:10. 

The ThunderWolves were fourth behind Division I Colorado, Air Force an Colorado State and beat out D-I's Wyoming and Northern Colorado. 

The Pack women were second among Division II teams with a time of 1:39:54 and an average of 19:59. Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) was 16th overall and first among Division II runners. She crossed the finish line in 18:30, while sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) was 25th overall and second in D-II.  

The final three scorers for the Pack were in the top 55 of 90 athletes and top 20 in Division II. Freshman Ashley Polk (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was 18th with a time of 20:45, while Allison Hebard (Fairbanks, Alaska) crossed the finish line in 20:49 for 19th and freshman Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) was 20th with a time of 20:50.

The women were second among Division II teams behind Western State Colorado University and ahead of Colorado Mesa University and Metro State University of Denver. 

Next up for the ThunderWolves is the Colorado College Invite Sept. 9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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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.