BOULDER, Colo. (GoThunderwolves.com—Sept. 29, 2012) Teamwork was the focus, as the Colorado State University-Pueblo women's cross country team competed at the University of Colorado's Rocky Mountain Shootout Saturday.
The Rocky Mountain Shootout is known for its difficult course and intense competition; however, the Thunderwolves' training helped them adjust easily to the conditions.
Not only is this the most difficult course that the Pack will be racing this season, but three of the seven girls that competed this week were experiencing flu-like symptoms. However, the girls worked with one another, running in groups, in order to push to the finish.
Although the finishing times are not as expected, Head Coach Chad Perry is proud of the girls overall performance. "There was good team unity, and [they] overcame adversity. The team all ran and competed hard," said Perry.
Despite the difficulties of the race, there were several highlights of the meet. Nicole Reveles (So., Gilbert, Ariz.) led the Pack and helped push her fellow teammates, even though she was one of the few girls feeling sick. "[I am] very proud of Nicole. She showed lots of maturity and team leadership today," said Perry.
Jennifer Pfiester (Fr., Carrollton, Texas) showed improvement in her performance, finishing third on the team this week behind Reveles and Amanda Torres (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.). This week many of the girls had finishing times close to their 6-kilometer performance at Colorado College Invitational on September 15. However, Pfiester finished the Rocky Mountain Shootout, a 5.8-kilometer race, over two minutes faster.
The Pack's next competition will be the Fort Hays State Tiger Open in Hays, Kan. on Saturday October 6. This will be the last regular season meet before the RMAC Championships.