NCAA Regional Saturday for nationally-ranked cross country programs

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PUEBLO, Colo. (November 5, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country teams will travel up I-25 to Denver for the 2016 NCAA Division II South Central Regional Meet, Saturday, Nov. 5. The 10K men's race will be at Washington Park with the No. 8-ranked ThunderWolves running at 10 a.m. and the No. 14 women starting the 6K race at 11:15 a.m.

The top five finishing teams from each race advance to the NCAA Division II Championships, Nov. 19 in St. Leo, Florida. Additionally, the top three individuals from non-qualifying teams and the top five individuals earn a spot at the national meet. The top 25 individuals will each be awarded USTFCCCA all-region honors.

In the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association regional poll, the Pack women were ranked No. 3, a two spot jump following a third-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships, Oct. 22.

The RMAC Championships were a mini preview of the regional meet, as the top two teams, Adams State University and Western State Colorado University were first and second-respectfully, and rank in the top two regional spots.

The Pack women were guided at the conference meet by junior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.). She finished fifth with a time of 22:45.75 and 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.

The Pack placed four in the top 25, as senior Bailey Hughes (Bigfork, Mont.) was 19th with a time of 23:29.37 and freshman Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) ran a 23:45.05, which was good for 22nd. Both were All-RMAC Second Team members.

On the men's side, the Pack were third in the last regional poll and also landed a third-place finsih in the 8K race at the conference championships. CSU-Puebo finished behind Colorado School of Mines and Adams State, which are the No. 1-2 in the regional rankings.

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.

The ThunderWolves landed four in the top 20, as 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.

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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.