Williams and Laguera earn All-American honors as four run at NCAA Championships

Williams and Laguera earn All-American honors as four run at NCAA Championships

(Photos courtesy of Justin Maskus, MSSU)


JOPLIN, Mo. (November 22, 2015) – Sophomore Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) and freshman Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) each earned All-American honors for the Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country team in their first appearances at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, Saturday.

The ThunderWolves had four members of the team run, as junior Bailey Hughes (Big Fork, Mont.) and sophomore Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) competed on the women's side.

Williams crossed the finish line in 30:06.9 to place 14th in the 10K race. Laguera was 25th with a time of 30:17.2 and finished seventh among freshmen in the race. Both times were personal bests in a 10K for the runner this season.

The two become the first All-Americans for men's cross country since 1979 and just the fourth and fifth All-Americans in program history. Williams's time is the new school record, while Laguera's is now second.

Hughes was 71st in the 6K women's race with a time of 21:55.8, while Roberts was 101st and crossed the finish line with a time of 22:13.5. Both posted times that were good for their second fastest 6K times this season.

There were 247 runners in the men's field and 246 athletes in the women's race.

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference swept the national championships, as Colorado School of Mines won the men's title and Adams State University was crowed the women's national champion.

Missouri Southern State University will serve as the host. The Championships take place at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course.

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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.