PUEBLO, Colo. (October 20, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country programs travel to Chadron, Nebraska for the 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, Oct. 21, hosted by Chadron State College. The women's race is set to go at 10 a.m. MT with the men's run to follow at 11 a.m.
The race will run on the Chadron State Campus Foothills with the women's distance set at 6K, while the men will compete in an 8K race. Both teams finished third at last year's championships.
The men's squad enters the race ranked No. 13 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll. CSU-Pueblo is No. 3 in the South Central Region behind RMAC foes Adams State University and Colorado School of Mines, who rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation, respectfully.
The ThunderWolves have competed in four meets this season, which include two hosted by NCAA Division I institutions. Junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) and sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) have led the way this year. Both have finished in the top 13 in each meet this season. Roberts was named RMAC Male Runner of the Week once.
The Pack have five guys that have filled the final three spots to score for the team. Sophomore Logan Morley (Bigfork, Mont.) has finished third on the team twice and fourth the other two meets. Senior Ben Vaughan (Great Falls, Mont.) has scored in each meet this season, while Alec Choury (Jr., Westminster, Colo.), Michael Duran (So., Pueblo, Colo.) and Zach Retzlaff (So., Pueblo West, Colo.) have filled in at different points.
The women's team has also competed in four races this year and enter the RMAC Championships ranked No. 7 in the South Central Region. Five RMAC teams are ranked ahead of them in the poll, including Adams State (No. 3 nationally) and Western State Colorado University (No. 4 nationally).
Two-time RMAC Female Runner of the Week Miriam Roberts (Sr., Boulder, Colo.) has guided the team all season with top six finishes in each of the four races, which includes a meet victory at the Colorado College Invite. Running her down has been sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.), who has three top 10's and a 12th place finish to her credit this season.
The final three spots has been filled by two freshman and a junior. Ashley Polk (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) has finished third on the team three times, while fellow newcomer Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) has finished fourth on the squad in the last two races. Junior Allison Hebard (Fairbanks, Alaska) has also scored in all four events.
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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