BOULDER, Colo. (Sept. 30, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country programs each finished first in the non-division I category of the Rocky Mountain Shootout, Saturday in Boulder and hosted by University of Colorado.
The No. 13 men ran the 8K race in 2:12:30 and placed four racers in the top five of the division and all five scoring members in the top 10. The ThunderWolves bested Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schools - Colorado School of Mines, Westminster College and Regis University. The Pack would have been second to all teams, behind host Colorado and ahead of NCAA Division I schools - Air Force Academy, Colorado State University and Northern Colorado.
It was junior Marcelo Laguera's (Chihuahua, Mexico) turn to lead the Pack, as he ran a 25:43 race to finish third overall. Running in his hometown, sophomore Paul Roberts was fourth with a time of 25:49. The ThunderWolves got a strong race out of sophomore Logan Morley (Bigfork, Mont.), who ran to 16th in 26:45. Fourth on the team, fifth in the division and 25th overall (of 127 runners) was Alec Choury (Jr., Westminster, Colo.). He ran the course in 26:55. The final scoring member was senior Ben Vaughan (Great Falls, Mont.), who finished in 27:21 and 36th.
The women finished with a team time of 1:59:01 and placed all five runners in the top 11 for the division. The Pack bested other RMAC teams in Colorado Mines, Regis and Westminster. The time was third among all participating teams.
Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) ran the 5.8K course in 22.15 to finish ninth overall and first among non-division I teams. Sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) was right behind, as she crossed the finish line in 22:18 for 11th overall and second in the division. Next for the Pack was Ashley Polk (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), who was third for the team in their last meet, as she finished 46th with a time of 24:35. Fellow freshman Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) ran the race in 24:52 for 49th, while Allison Hebard (Jr., Fairbanks, Alaska) was 51st of the 88 racers, as she finished in 25:02.
The race was the final tune-up before the RMAC Championships Oct. 21 in Chadron, Nebraska.
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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.