Men's cross country earns first-ever Division II national ranking in preseason poll

Men's cross country earns first-ever Division II national ranking in preseason poll


NEW ORLEANS (August 31, 2016) –  For the first time in program history, the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's cross country team is ranked in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Poll, as the ThunderWolves were pegged No. 18 in the preseason version of the coach's poll, released Wednesday.

The ThunderWolves were one of four teams ranked in the top 25 that didn't send a team to the NCAA Division II National Championships last fall. CSU-Pueblo was one of four Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference members to find a spot in the top 25, which helped the conference own the most out of any league in the country. 

Colorado School of Mines was picked to finish first after capturing the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship. Adams State University was third and Western State Colorado University was 10th. 

The Pack men were selected to finish fifth in the South Central Region by the USTFCCCA, announced Tuesday. After the three RMAC squads listed above, West Texas A&M University was picked fourth. The ThunderWolves garnered the No. 4 spot in the RMAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.

The CSU-Pueblo women's team earned a No. 7 ranking in the regional poll, as the RMAC held eight of the top nine spots in the listing. The Pack sat fifth in the conference preseason poll.

The men's team is highlighted by the return of All-Americans Derrick Williams (Jr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) and Marcelo Laguera (So., Chihuahua, Mexico). Both were recognized as Preseason All-RMAC.

On the women's side, returning national qualifiers Bailey Hughes (Sr., Bigfork, Mont.) and Miriam Roberts (Jr., Boulder, Colo.) are primed to lead the Pack this season and were honored as Preseason All-RMAC. 

The ThunderWolves begin the 2016 campain Sept. 2 at the Border Classic in Johnson, Kansas.

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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.