HAYS, Kan. (GoThunderwolves.com—Oct. 6, 2012) The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's cross country team are proving to be one team as they competed at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open on Saturday.
The ladies of the team have shown that they all have different strengths and weaknesses individually. However, as time progresses, the team appears to work together to push through competitions.
This race was a good opportunity for the team to really focus on technique and strategy due to the low altitude and flat course. Also, many of the girls that were sick at the Rocky Mountain Shootout last week have recovered, allowing them to run with full ability. This competition was also a five-kilometer race rather than the standard six-kilometer race.
Nicole Reveles (So., Gilbert, Ariz.) continues to show leadership on the team as she led the team to finish 33rd with a time of 20:39. Other highlights of the meet include great competitive spirit in freshmen Jennifer Pfiester (Fr., Carrollton, Texas) and Sydni Riley (Fr., Florissant. Colo.).
"I thought Jen had another great meet and showed improvement once again," said Head Coach Chad Perry, "Sydni ran a great first two miles...with all [of the girls] running close together for the first two and half miles."
Assistant Coach Jason Zichterman was also impressed by the Jennifer's performance. "She ran very well for two weeks now," said Zichterman, "I also like the confidence in the squad and how the whole team competed. They all kicked in the last 800 meters and that was great to see. "
The teamwork shown today will be a great benefit with the conference meet soon approaching.
"We will continue to work on team unity, train throughout next Saturday, put in faster quality runs next week, stay healthy and remain confident and positive," said Zichterman.
The Thunderwolves' next competition will be the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, October 20.