SPEARFISH, S.D. (October 22, 2016) - Both the Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country teams recorded a third-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships Saturday in Spearfish, S.D. Both the programs beat teams that were ranked ahead of them in the regional and national polls. Eight student-athletes from the two teams were crowned with all-conference honors.
The Pack women tied with University of Colorado Colorado Springs in points, but edged the Mountain Lions by four seconds with a 6K team time of 1:57:32.02. The ThunderWolves were ranked No. 21 nationally and fifth in the South Central Region entering the championships, while UCCS was ranked No. 11 and third in the regional poll.
Junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) paced CSU-Pueblo and finished fifth with a time of 22:45.75. She earned All-RMAC First Team honors, while senior Jordan Mathes (Boise, Idaho) also was a first team member. Mathes ran a 23:00.46 to finish eighth.
CSU-Pueblo had two earn All-RMAC Second Team recognition, as senior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) was 19th with a time of 23:29.37. Freshman Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) capped her first conference championships meet with a time of 23:45.05, which was good for 22nd.
Junior Rachael Lopez (Fort Lupton, Colo.) rounded out the scoring members of the Pack with a time of 24:22.29, which placed her 43rd overall.
Adams State University won its fifth straight title and are ranked No. 1 nationally. No. 4 Western State Colorado University was second.
On the men's side, the Pack were third with 96 points and a team time of 2:11:03.48 in the 8K race. The ThunderWolves were No. 8 nationally and fourth in the region entering the championship meet and finished ahead of No. 6 Western State. The Mountaineers, who ranked third in the region, totaled 134 points and a time of 2:12:42.82.
The Pack's top finisher was sophomore Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico), who was seventh after finishing the race in 25:41.85. He was All-RMAC First Team, as was junior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.), who was 13th with a time of 25:55.89.
Senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.) just missed first team honors, as he raced to 15th in 26:00.92. Freshman Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) was also an All-RMAC Second Team selection, as he placed 20th overall with a mark of 26:11.35.
Freshman Michael Duran (Pueblo, Colo.) capped the scoring for the men with a time of 27:13.47, which was 46th.
No. 3 nationally and reining NCAA Division II National Champion, Colorado School of Mines earned its first-ever RMAC Championship, while No. 1 Adams State was second.
Last season, the Pack men were seventh and the women finished eighth.
The RMAC Championships served as a preview for the NCAA Division II South Central Region Championships, which is set for Nov. 5 at Washington Park in Denver, Colo. Of the 10 teams ranked regionally on the men's side, eight are from the RMAC, while eight programs are in the top 10 in the women's ranking.
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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.