Sophomore bests 6K mark by nearly 90 seconds, finishes in top 20.
By CSU-Pueblo Athletics Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 18, 2010) - Led by a personal best by Hayley Lewis (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), the ThunderWolves showed improvement Saturday at the Colorado College Invite, taking 7th.
Lewis continues an upturn above and beyond what she accomplished as a freshman in 2009, when she was also the team's top runner throughout the year, knocking an astounding 1:27 off of her personal best time in the 6K, turning in a 24:47 and finishing 16th.
Additionally, Lewis' 6K time was the sixth-fastest in CSU-Pueblo history, behind only former All-American, Lauren Dunsmoor.
Also turning in impressive efforts were Ali Wolpern (Fr., Montgomery, Minn.), whose time of 25:49 showed not only an increased positive adjustment to Colorado's altitude, but was also good enough be one of the top ten 6K times in school history, as well.
Despite these stellar performances, the Pack's three through five finishers, which go toward the team's points, weren't enough to lift the team to a high finish.
"As a team, we were 1:37 faster than we did at this event last season, but we need our third runner to jump up and help us be higher in team scoring," Pack coach Chad Perry said.
The team will get a two-week layoff before heading to the 5.8K Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder on Oct. 2.