VICTORIA, Kan. (October 10, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's cross country team placed two in the top five and finished fourth, while the men had a runner finish second at the Fort Hays State University Tiger Open Saturday in Victoria, Kansas.
The women finished the 6K race fourth out of 13 teams with a group time of 1:34:31 and a score of 135. Junior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) finished fourth in the event that ran 117 competitors with a time of 18:02.1, an average mile of 5:47.9. Teammate Miriam Roberts (So., Boulder, Colo.) finished two seconds back at 18:04.1 to finish fifth in the race.
The Pack men finsihed ninth out of 19 teams and fourth of the seven Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams. The ThunderWolves combined for a team time of 2:08:28 and a score of 216. CSU-Pueblo was paced by sophomore Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.), who crossed the finsih line in 24:04.6 at the 8K race, just 24 seconds behind the meet champion. His average mile was 4:50.7. Freshman Marcelo Lagüera (Chihuahua, Mexico) continued to run well in his first collegiate season, as he posted an 11th-place finish of 180 runners with a time of 24:52.0.
The race was hosted by Fort Hays State at Sand Plum Nature Trail, located 10 miles east of Hays, just outside the west edge of the town of Victoria, Kan.
The race served as the final tune-up before the RMAC Championships, set for Oct. 24 in Alamosa, Colorado.
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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.