COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (GoThunderwolves.com—Sept. 8, 2012) - The CSU-Pueblo cross country team saw its first action of the season Saturday at the UCCS Rust Buster Open, with sophomore Nicole Reveles (So., Gilbert, Ariz.) leading the team.
Only in her second season running for the team, Reveles led the Thunderwolves in their season opener. Reveles ran a time of 17:11, which is just two seconds shy of earning a top time in the CSU-Pueblo record books in a four-kilometer race. This was Reveles' first time competing at the Rust Buster.
Freshman Sydni Riley (Fr., Florissant, Colo.) made her mark with her first cross country performance. Her high school athletic experience includes long jump and sprints in track and field. However, today she went from running 400 meters to running 4,000 meters and seems to be transitioning well.
"Sydni was a bright spot today," Assistant Coach Jason Zichterman said. "She was a freshman who hadn't ran anything more than a 400 [before today]. It was great to see her go and out and compete the way she did, and I think she's got nowhere to go but up. I was really pleased with Sydni and all of the freshmen. "
With one race under their belt, the Thunderwolves are ready to make adjustments to prepare for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships in October.
"Overall, you find out really fast where you're at when you run here [the Rust Buster Open]," Head Coach Chad Perry said. "The good thing is that it's the first meet. The girls get to see where they're at, so we'll go back home, and we'll go work hard, just like we did the week before. "
The Pack's next race will be a six-kilometer race on Saturday, September 15, at Monument Valley Park, Colorado Springs, Colo. The upcoming race will be important to the team, since the same course will be used for the 2012 RMAC Championships.