Laguera, Miriam Roberts crowned individual champions to guide Pack cross country


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 9, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country programs competed at the Colorado College Invitational Saturday and crowned two individual championships, as Marcelo Laguera (Jr., Chihuahua, Mexico) and Miriam Roberts (Sr., Boulder, Colo.) gathered medalist honors. 

The No. 7 Pack men were second in the field of nine teams with a time of 2:09:05 (average of 25:49) in the 8K race at Monument Valley Park. The ThunderWolves were second to No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, who carried a team time of 2:07:15. 

Laguera crossed the finish line in 25:10.00, just a step in front of teammate Paul Roberts (So., Boulder, Colo.), who finished in 25:10.15. The next three Pack runners to score were all top 20 and within 12 seconds of each other. Sophomore Logan Morley (Bigfork, Mont.) was 18th with a time of 26:07, senior Ben Vaughan (Great Falls, Mont.) crossed in 26:18 for 19th and sophomore Michael Duran (Pueblo, Colo.) clocked a 26:19 for 20th. 

The No. 20 women's team was third in the eight team field. The Pack totaled a time of 2:01:50.70 (24:22.14 average) in the 6K race, which was right behind No. 17 University of Colorado Colorado Springs' time of 2:01:39.90. Winning the event was No. 11 Colorado Mines with a mark of 1:57:25.70.

The reigning Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Runner of the Week claimed the event victory in a time of 22:29.50. M. Roberts was 11 seconds faster than second place.

Next crossing the finish line for the ThunderWolves was sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.), who posted a time of 23:19 for seventh overall.

Freshman Ashley Polk (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ran her first collegiate 6K in 24:55 to finish 25th, while junior Allison Hebard (Fairbanks, Alaska) was 30th with a mark of 25:04. A second freshman scored for the Pack, as Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) clocked a 26:01 to finish 43rd. 

The ThunderWolves will next travel to Evansville, Indiana Sept. 16 for the Stegemoller Classic National Preview.

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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.