NEW ORLEANS (October 26, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's cross country team jumped seven spots to No. 14 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll, Wednesday. The ranking is the best in program history, while the men's squad remained No. 8.
The ranking is the final poll before the Nov. 5 NCAA South Central Region Championships at Washington Park in Denver. The men's 8K race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the women's 6K to follow at 11:15 a.m.
The men were ranked No. 8 in the last poll before the conference championships and have been placed as high as sixth this season.
The women entered the nation's top 10 for the first time ever in a regular season poll Oct. 5 and were No. 21 for two straight weeks. The move to No. 14 (seven spots) was the most by any team in this edition's poll.
Both squads are third among Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, as Adams State University (No. 1) and Western State Colorado University (No. 5) were ahead of the women and Colorado School of Mines (No. 1) and ASU (No. 3) were ahead of the men.
WSCU was No. 10 on the men's side, while University of Colorado Colorado Springs was No. 17 on the women's side to round out the teams from the RMAC.
Both teams moved up to No. 3 in the final USTFCCCA South Central Region Poll, announced Tuesday. The men moved up a spot, while the women were bumped up two places from No. 5.
The programs are both coming off a third-place finish at the RMAC Championships Saturday.
The Pack women tied with UCCS in points, but edged the Mountain Lions by four seconds with a 6K team time of 1:57:32.02. UCCS was ranked No. 11 and third in the regional poll entering the championships.
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.
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 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.
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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.