Four honored as all-region at NCAA Region Championships; Two automatically qualify for nationals


CANYON, Texas (November 4, 2017) - Four members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's cross country squads earned all-region honors after finishing in the top 25 of the 2017 NCAA Division II South Central Region Championships in Canyon, Texas Saturday.

The Pack men were fifth as a team, while the women were 11th. The men totaled 188 points, just four behind host West Texas A&M. The team's total time in the 10K race was 2:41:13.76, an average of 32:14.76. 

CSU-Pueblo will have to wait until Monday to find out if it qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships Nov. 18. The top three teams in each of the eight regions automatically advance to the championships, while the next eight teams will be selected by committee.

Junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) guided the ThunderWolves and posted a third-place finish with a time of 30:40.26. He automatically qualifies for the national meet, as he finished in the top five. Laguera is guaranteed to make his third-career appearance at the Division II National Championships after qualifying as an individual in 2015 and going as a member of the team in 2016. He will enter as a two-time All-American with a pair of top 25 finishes.

Just a second behind was sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.), who capped the race in 11th with a time of 31:18.68. Both Laguera and Roberts were honored as all-region selections.

Junior Alec Choury (Westminster, Colo.) just missed all-region recognition, as he was 30th after crossing the finish line in 32:07.52. Senior Ben Vaughan (Great Falls, Mont.) ran the race in 33:02.56 to finish 55th, while the final scoring member of the team was sophomore Logan Morley (Bigfork, Mont.), who finished in 34:04.51 for 91st.

Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) ran the 6K race in 21:32.71 to finish fifth and automatically qualify for her third appearance at the NCAA Division II National Championships. The 6K time was a season best for the senior who qualified as an individual in 2015 and earned All-American recognition at last year's championships when the team qualified.

Sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) posted a time of 21:57.52 to finish 19th. She may still find her way to the national meet as an at-large qualifier, which will be announced Monday.

Both athletes earned all-region honors as members of the top 25.

The ThunderWolves finished 11th at the regional meet, as they scored 318 points and posted a time of 1:56:31.75. The team was ranked 10th in the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association poll entering the race.

Freshman Ashley Polk (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished 88th with a time of 24:04, while fellow freshman Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) was 103rd with a time of 24:22.57. Junior Allison Hebard (Fairbanks, Alaska) was 113th overall with a time of 24:34.95.

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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.