Both Pack cross country teams and 10 individuals earn USTFCCCA honors

Both Pack cross country teams and 10 individuals earn USTFCCCA honors


NEW ORLEANS (February 13, 2017) - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its annual cross country academic honors Feb. 9 and in the process recognized both the Colorado State University-Pueblo programs and 10 individuals for their efforts on the course and in the classroom.

The Pack men's team owns a 3.39 cumulative GPA, while the women tout a team GPA of 3.59 to earn the honors.

On the men's side, six members earned USTFCCCA All-Academic, as the squad was one of just three men's programs that saw six individuals on the All-Academic list. The women had four members of the Pack earn all-academic recognition from the organization.

USTFCCCA All-Academic Men

Dante Carter (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.)
Alec Choury (So., Westminster, Colo.)
Michael Duran (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.)
Marcelo Laguera (So., Chihuahua, Mexico)
Paul Roberts (Fr., Boulder, Colo.)
Derrick Williams (Jr., Columbia Falls, Mont.)

USTFCCCA All-Academic Women

Bailey Hughes (Sr., Bigfork, Mont.)
Gillian Maness (Fr., Kalispell, Mont.)
Jordan Mathes (Sr., Boise, Idaho)
Miriam Roberts (Jr., Boulder, Colo.)

The Pack men finished ninth at the NCAA Division II Championships in the program's first appearance at an NCAA national meet. CSU-Pueblo was ranked No. 8 entering the race and owned a national ranking as high as sixth in 2016.

The women's team recorded their best finish at a national championship in program history, as they were 16th. The squad was ranked No. 20 coming into the race and was placed as high as No. 14 during the season.

M. Roberts (17th) and Laguera (16th) were named USTFCCCA All-Americans. Seven were honored as all-region, as M. Roberts, Hughes and Mathes were recognized from the women's team and Laguera, P. Roberts, Carter and Williams were selected for the men.

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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.