First-time runner shines for Pack

Colorado Springs, Colo. ( - Sept. 17, 2011) - Despite being down its two best runners, CSU-Pueblo's cross country team turned in a strong showing at the first 6K race of the season, the Colorado College Invitational.

Ali Wolpern (So., Montgomery, Minn.) and Hayley Lewis (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), each of which set school records last weekend in the 4K UCCS Rust Buster, were scratches for Saturday's meet, but Nicole Reveles (Fr., Gilbert, Ariz.), a true freshman running in her first race, led the squad.

Reveles finished in 18th place overall, disregarding the unattached runners, with a time of 25:35. Marki Cook (RFr., Meeker, Colo.) in just her second collegiate cross country race showed imporvement from last week, finishing with a time of 26:20. Not far behind her was Christina Lobato (Jr., Rocky Ford, Colo.) who set a personal record for a 6K race with a time of 26:23. 

"Overall, we are heading in the right direction and will continue training for the conference meet," Coach Chad Perry commented after the meet.

Next week with all its runners competing again, the Pack hopes for a strong showing at the Mountaineer Open in Gunninson, Colo.