PUEBLO, Colo. (June 6, 2016) – The Steel & Silver trophy will stay put in Pueblo. Colorado State University-Pueblo defeated University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 35-26, in the trophy competition between the Pack and the Mountain Lions for the second consecutive season.
Steel & Silver trophy final standings
In the 11th annual year-long competition between the two schools, the Pack trailed 26-22. However, CSU-Pueblo would score the final 13 points of the season to claim the trophy for back-to-back years to begin its first winning streak of the 1-25 rivalry series.
Men's and women's outdoor track & field earned eight of the final 13 points with top five finishes on both sides. The Pack also earned the last five points of the competition, which was awarded to the school with the best cumulative GPA produced by student-athletes. CSU-Pueblo student-athletes posted a 3.232 cumulative GPA, while the Mountain Lions finished the year with a 3.157 academic average.
The Pack also scored points from both men's and women's basketball teams, both men's and women's indoor track & field teams, and volleyball. CSU-Pueblo secured a maximum of four points from each of these sports.
"Congratulations to our student athletes for retaining the Steel & Silver trophy for another year! This series has spurred on some outstanding competition with UCCS through the years," said CSU-Pueblo Director of Athletics, Joe Folda. "The fact that our student-athletes' GPA solidified the win this year was great!"
Since 2005-06, the Steel & Silver has been awarded to the 1-25 rival with the most points in head-to-head competitions between the two schools. Four points are awarded for each spot to the winner of the head-to-head matchup. In cross country, track & field, and golf these points go to the team with the highest finish at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 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.