ThunderWolves finish seventh at NCAA Championships

ThunderWolves finish seventh at NCAA Championships


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (November 18, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's cross country team recorded its second straight top 10 performance at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, as the ThunderWolves were seventh to tie for the second best finish in program history.

The seventh-place finish tied with the 1978 team and was second only to the 1966 squad that was fifth. The Pack moved up eight spots from their national ranking of No. 15 in the pre-championships poll.

Three members of the ThunderWolves were named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Americans, as Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico), Alec Choury (Westminster, Colo.) and Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) all finished in the top 40. 

Laguera became a three-time cross country All-American after finishing 23rd with a time of 31:36.9. Choury continued his fantastic season by clocking a time of 31:46.5 to post a 28th place finish. Finally, Roberts was 35th, as he crossed the finish line in 31:49.4. 

The team totaled 310 points, while the top three runners totaled 69 points. The team came together for a time in the 10K race of 2:42:19, which was an average of 32:27. CSU-Pueblo was 11th at the 3K mark and then made a move to ninth at the midway point (5K). The Pack shifted up two more spots to seventh at the 7K mark and held strong to the end. 

Senior Ben Vaughan (Great Falls, Mont.) was 137th with a time of 33:27.9, while Michael Duran (Pueblo, Colo.) wrapped the scoring for the Pack with a placing of 147th with a time of 33:38.3. 

Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) ran in her third career NCAA Championship and finished 95th of 247 athletes, as she crossed the finish line in 22:26.4 of the 6K race.

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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.