XC squads return to action Saturday, as No. 7 men head to Illinois, women to Denver


PUEBLO, Colo. (Oct. 5, 2018) - After a couple weeks off, the Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country teams will return to action Saturday, Oct. 6. The programs will split, as the No. 7 men head to the Conference Challenge in Romeoville, Illinois, while the women travel to the Roadrunner Invitational in Denver.

The Conference Challenge is hosted by Lewis University at their home course. The 8K race will start at 9 a.m. MT and features many teams from the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The ThunderWolves moved up to No. 7 in that national poll after sitting No. 8 since the preseason poll. 

Senior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Runner of th Week after the last meet the Pack participated in. He guided the ThunderWolves to second at the Mountaineer/Cowboy Invite Sept. 15 by winning his second race of the year. The ThunderWolves finished with a team time of 2:14:54.12 that averaged to 26:58.83. The squad scored 53 points behind host the-No. 5 Western's 36 points. 

Laguera clocked a time of 25:58.87 in the 8K race, set at nearly 8,000 feet, to win his second race of the young season. Senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was fifth in the race that featured 83 athletes. He registered a time of 26:27.41. 

The Pack women will run at Washington Park, as the event is hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver. The course will preview the NCAA South Central Region Championship, which is set for Nov. 17. The 6K race Saturday is scheduled to begin at 9:40 a.m. 

The women's team finished sixth at the 5K Mountaineer/Cowboy Invite after scoring 163 points and recording a team time of 1:44:11.40 (average of 20:50.28).

Sophomore Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) clocked a time of 19:44.51 to finish 22nd overall and 18th among scoring athletes. Less than 10 seconds back was freshman Claire Pauley (Arvada, Colo.), who crossed the finish line in 19:53.02 to sit 25th overall. 

The races Saturday will be final tuneup for both squads before the Nov. 3 RMAC Championships, held in Arvada, Colo. 

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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.