COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 31, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Athletics finished third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's All-Sports Competition Cup for the 2016-17 season. The ThunderWolves collected 852 points, their highest point total ever in the RMAC Cup standings.
The ThunderWolves have now taken third in the RMAC All-Sports Cup standings in each of the last three years and have finished in the top five the past six years. The Pack totaled just 13 points less than second place Colorado Mesa University and were 43.5 points away from the RMAC All-Sports Cup winner Colorado School of Mines.
The RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup is awarded to the institution that accumulates the most points over the year based on its teams' outcome in the RMAC's four core sports, along with six wild card sports. The four core sports are football or men's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball, while the six wild card sports consist of three men's sports and three women's sports, which are designated by that institution's best finish in those 19 non-core sports (23 total RMAC sports).
Total RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup points are calculated based on how the teams finish in the RMAC regular season standings. In the scenario where teams do not have regular season standings, conference championship results are used. If there is a tie, points are combined and divided by the number of teams involved in the tie. Point fractions were rounded up if above .5.
The Pack scored highest in women's basketball and wrestling where they won RMAC Championships and earned the maximum 100 points. With its share of the RMAC Championship, ThunderWolves Football finished with 91 points.
Women's soccer picked up 92 points for the Pack during its historic 2016 campaign. The Pack women's golf team also took home 92 points with their second place finish at the RMAC Championships.
CSU-Pueblo added third place points in both men's and women's cross country. Pack men's basketball also garnered 87 points for their third place finish in 2016-17. The Pack's final points came from men's indoor track & field, where the Pack placed fifth.
The ThunderWolves totaled three RMAC Coach of the Year awards in 2016-17 with Dax Charles (wrestling), Paul Regrutto (women's soccer) and Jim Turgeon (women's basketball) receiving the award.
Women's basketball standout Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) was named RMAC Player of the Year, while teammate Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Year. Men's basketball senior Nelson Kahler (Noosa Heads, Australia) was also honored as RMAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was recognized as the indoor and outdoor RMAC Academic Athlete of the Year.
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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.