COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (GoThunderwolves.com—Sept. 15, 2012) The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's cross country team showed a competitive edge, earning fourth place at the Colorado College Invitational at Monument Valley Park, Colorado Springs.
Although it was the first six-kilometer race for the majority of the Pack athletes, all of the ladies took it in stride to earn a fourth place finish out of seven teams, beating Ottawa University, from Ottawa, Kansas, by one point.
"I thought it went really well today," Assistant Coach Jason Zichterman said. "I saw a competitive nature in some of the girls that I hadn't seen before between our one race and the practices. I saw a lot of drive there…kicking people down at the end, a lot of people passing, and I think a lot of that had to do with race strategy."
The plan for the day was to run conservatively at the beginning so that the ladies would have endurance for the remainder of the race. This paid off as most of the Thunderwolves ended the race with a strong kick and finish.
"I thought our girls were competitive, and I thought that all six runners ran well," Head Coach Chad Perry said. "If we keep working and getting better, then every week we should show improvement. I think we definitely showed improvement this week."
Nicole Reveles (Fr., Gilbert, Ariz.) was the first finisher for CSU-Pueblo, with a 16th place finish and a time of 25:57. Valerie Stark (rSo., Westcliffe, Colo.) was not far behind with a time of 26:38. Freshmen Amanda Torres (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) and Holli Barton (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) were the official second and third place finishers for the Thunderwolves, with times of 27:59 and 28:11, respectively.
One of the factors of the team's success this weekend was the ladies' ability to run in pairs and groups and to work with one another to get through the race.
The Pack's next race will be the University of Colorado Rocky Mountain Shootout at Boulder, Colo. It will be the only 5.8-kilometer race of the season, and will be held on Saturday, September 29.