COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (GoThunderwolves.com—Oct 20, 2012) The Pack returned to Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs, Colo. to compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. They finished 14th out of 14.
Christina Lobato (Sr., Rocky Ford, Colo.) ran her first race of the season finishing second on the team behind Nicole Reveles (So., Gilbert, Ariz.). This was an exciting race for Lobato who has been unable to compete due to a shin injury. As a senior, it was important that she was to be able to compete in her final season as a Thunderwolf.
"Overall, I'm proud of Christina," head coach Chad Perry said. "It's tough to lose seniors, but I'm glad she stayed around. She's done everything she could to get ready for this meet. To see Christina go through adversity, not let it defeat her and come out here and do the best she can was great for me as a coach."
Although the Pack was familiar with the location of the race, the course proved more challenging than trails ran earlier this season. However, the Thunderwolves worked together to make it through the course. Freshmen Sydni Riley (Fr., Victor, Colo.), Holli Barton (Fr., Centennial, Colo.) and Jennifer Pfiester (Fr., Creekview, Texas) finished within 10 seconds of each other, respectively. This is just one example of the unity that is developing on this team.
With this unity, Perry is excited to see how the freshmen athletes will do in future RMAC championships.
"The core group of girls are young," Perry says, "and if they continue to train together then it will show."
Although the team was not happy with their placement, the Pack is trying to remain positive. "Be defeated, but don't be deflated," Perry said.
The ThunderWolves hope to have a strong finish to their season at the NCAA Division II Central Regional Championships in Denver on November 3.