COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 2, 2015) - Both the men's and women's cross country teams were picked to finished seventh in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll Tuesday. The women's team earned national recognition, as they ranked No. 20 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Four Pack student-athletes were named to the Preseason All-RMAC Teams, as Derrick Williams (So., Columbia Falls, Mont.) was recognized for the men and Baliey Hughes (Jr., Bigfork, Mont.), Rachael Lopez (So., Fort Lupton, Colo.) and Miriam Roberts (So., Boulder, Colo.) earned honors on the women's side.
The men totaled 124 points, while the women's squad garnered 139 points in the 16-team RMAC poll.
The Adams State University men's and women's cross country teams were selected as the favorites to win the RMAC.
The preseason poll was voted on by the 16 head coaches. First-place received 15 points, second-place 14 points, and so forth continuing in descending order. Coaches could not vote for their own team.
The RMAC Championships will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Alamosa, Colo.
The ThunderWolves women earned the No. 20 ranking in the national poll with 53 points. The Pack were one of five teams from the RMAC in the top 25 with ASU coming in at No. 3.
Women's Preseason RMAC Coaches' Poll
1. Adams State (14) - 224 points
2. Western State Colorado (2) - 210 points
3. UCCS - 178 points
4. Colorado Mines - 177 points
5. Colorado Mesa - 173 points
6. MSU Denver - 156 points
7. CSU-Pueblo - 139 points
8. Fort Lewis - 122 points
9. Chadron State - 105 points
10. Black Hills State - 100 points
11. Colorado Christian - 90 points
12. Regis - 75 points
13. New Mexico Highlands - 61 points
14. South Dakota Mines - 58 points
15. Western New Mexico - 30 points
16. Westminster - 22 points
Men's Preseason RMAC Coaches' Poll
1. Adams State (13) - 222 points
2. Colorado Mines (2) - 209 points
3. Western State Colorado (1) - 199 points
4. Colorado Mesa - 172 points
5. MSU Denver - 157 points
6. UCCS - 152 points
7. CSU-Pueblo - 124 points
8. Black Hills State - 120 points
9. Fort Lewis - 113 points
10. Chadron State - 107 points
11. New Mexico Highlands - 105 points
12. Colorado Christian - 81 points
13. Regis - 53 points
14. South Dakota MInes - 50 points
15. Western New Mexico - 36 points
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.