Pack Men 4th, Women 7th at RMAC Championships


CHADRON, Neb. (October 21, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's cross country team placed three runners in the top 10 to finish third at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships Saturday in Chadron, Nebraska. The women finished seventh, as two members of the team were top 16.

The No. 13 men's team totaled three All-RMAC First Team members, which guided the team to a time of 2:09:33, less than a second off of second place. Colorado School of Mines was first with a time of 2:06:48, while Adams State University was second (2:09:18) and Western State Colorado University was third (2:09:33).

Leading the way for the Pack was junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico), who was third in the 8K race with a time of 25:15.3, just 16 seconds off the winning time. Joining him in the top 10 was sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) as he crossed the finish line in 25:28.3 to post a seventh-place finish. Junior Alec Choury (Westminster, Colo.) ran with the front group to earn his first All-RMAC First Team recognition in cross country, as he placed 11th with a time of 25:40.5. 

Also scoring for the ThunderWolves were sophomores Logan Morley (Bigfork, Mont.) and Michael Duran (Pueblo, Colo.). Morley finished 35th overall with a time of 26:24.9, while Duran crossed the finish line in 26:55 to place 43rd. 

Senior Ben Vaughan (Great Falls, Mont.) and sophomore Zach Retzlaff (Pueblo West, Colo.) were 48th (27:02.9) and 51st (27:03.6), respectfully, in the field of 122 athletes. 

Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) again led the Pack women, as she was 11th overall and earned All-RMAC First Team recognition. She ran the 6K course in 22:19.8, just 35 seconds off first place. Close behind was sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) as she clocked a 22:35.3 to finish 16th to gather All-RMAC Second Team honors. 

Running in their first collegiate conference championship, freshman Ashley Polk (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) finished 69th and 70th, respectfully. Polk posted a time of 24:31, while Bouma crossed the finish line at 24:37. Capping the scoring for the Pack was junior Allison Hebard (Fairbanks, Alaska), as she ran a 25:22.8 race to finish 87th overall of 118 athletes.

The women ran to a team time of 1:59:26 for seventh, but were only a minute off a top five finish, as Fort Lewis College was fifth at 1:58:23 and Colorado Christian University was sixth at 1:58:43. Adams State was crowned the champion with a time of 1:49:41, thanks to having the top four finishers in the race. 

Next for the ThunderWolves is the NCAA Division II South Central Region Championships, set for Nov. 4 in Canyon, Texas. The top three finishing teams from each gender earn an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA National Championships. 

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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