ThunderWolves set for Stegemoller Classic National Preview Saturday


PUEBLO, Colo. (September 15, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's cross country programs travel to the Stegemoller Classic National Preview, Saturday, Sept. 16, hosted by Southern Indiana University in Evansville, Indiana. Earlier this week, the men's team were ranked No. 9 in the first regular season poll of 2017.

The race will take place at Angel Mounds, which is the selected site of the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships. The women's 5K race begins at 7:30 a.m. MT with the men's 8K race to follow at 8:15 a.m. MT. 

The men's squad was No. 9 in the first regular season poll from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. CSU-Pueblo is third in the South Central Region poll, while the women dropped out of the top 25 and moved to No. 7 in the region. 

The Pack competed at the Colorado College Invitational Saturday and crowned two individual championships, as Marcelo Laguera (Jr., Chihuahua, Mexico) and Miriam Roberts (Sr., Boulder, Colo.) gathered medalist honors. 

The Pack men were second in the field of nine teams with a time of 2:09:05 (average of 25:49) in the 8K race at Monument Valley Park. The ThunderWolves were second to No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, who carried a team time of 2:07:15. 

Laguera crossed the finish line in 25:10.00, just a step in front of teammate Paul Roberts (So., Boulder, Colo.), who finished in 25:10.15. 

The women's team was third in the eight team field. The Pack totaled a time of 2:01:50.70 (24:22.14 average) in the 6K race, which was right behind No. 17 University of Colorado Colorado Springs' time of 2:01:39.90. Winning the event was No. 11 Colorado Mines with a mark of 1:57:25.70.

M. Roberts claimed the event victory in a time of 22:29.50. She was 11 seconds faster than second place.

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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.