Pack cross country runs in Division I meet Saturday at Montana State

Pack cross country runs in Division I meet Saturday at Montana State


PUEBLO, Colo. (September 16, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country squads travel to the Montana State University/Bozeman Running Company Invitational in Bozeman, Montana, Sept. 17. The men's 5-mile race at Bridger Creek Golf Course is set for 9 a.m. with the women's 3-mile run to follow at 9:45 a.m.

In it's 40th year, the meet is one of oldest west of the Mississippi.

The race will see its largest contingent of NCAA Division I schools in the storied history of the event. Competing will be MSU, Idaho State, Montana, North Dakota, Northern Colorado, Utah (women), Utah State, Weber State and Wyoming. The College Division field will be comprised of Carroll College, CSU-Pueblo, College of Idaho, Montana State-Billings and Rocky Mountain College.

A notable team in the women's race is No. 25 Weber State.

Carrol College (NAIA) is also in the race, which is where ThunderWolves Head Coach Matt Morris previously coached and were seniors Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) and Jordan Mathes (Boise, Idaho) and juniors Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) and Ben Vaughan (Great Falls, Mont.) started their collegiate careers.

Also, running in their home state for the first time as college athletes are freshmen Logan Morley (Bigfork, Mont.) and Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.)

The Pack men were ranked No. 11 in the national Division II poll Wednesday, the highest ranking in program history. The ThunderWolves have a meet win and a second place finish in the books this season. The second place came to No. 1 and defending national champion, Colorado School of Mines, last weekend at the Colorado College Invitational. CSU-Pueblo sits No. 4 in the NCAA Division II South Central Region.

On the women's side, the ThunderWolves have won both their meets this season and have crowned meet champions in each time out. Hughes guided the Pack in the opener with a win at the Border Classic, Sept. 2, while junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) edged Hughes for medalist honors at the Colorado College Invite Saturday. The women rank No. 7 in the latest regional poll.

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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.