PUEBLO, Colo. (November 3, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's cross country squads are set to compete at the NCAA Division II South Central Region Championships Saturday, Nov. 4 in Canyon, Texas. The women's 6K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. MT, while the men's 10K race will start at 9:45 a.m. MT. at The Range.
The top three teams from each race will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, set for Nov. 18 in Evansville, Indiana. An additional eight teams comprised of the eight regions will also earn access to the championships. For individuals, the top two athletes outside of a qualifying team will advance to the championships. In addition, the top five individuals earn automatic access, while there will also be a selection process to total a minimum of 24 individual qualifiers.
The men enter the race ranked No. 14 nationally and No. 4 in the regional poll. The ThunderWolves were fourth at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships Oct. 28. The Pack ran the 8K course in 2:09:33 and totaled 93 points, just 13 points out of second place Adams State University. Colorado School of Mines won the event, while Western State Colorado University was third. CSM is ranked No. 1, ASU is No. 3 and WSCU is No. 12 entering Saturday's race.
The ThunderWolves had three All-RMAC First Team selections, as junior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) was third with a time of 25:15.3, just 16 seconds off the winning time. Joining him in the top 10 was sophomore Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) as he crossed the finish line in 25:28.3 to post a seventh-place finish. Junior Alec Choury (Westminster, Colo.) ran with the front group to earn his first All-RMAC First Team recognition in cross country, as he placed 11th with a time of 25:40.5.
The women's team ranks No. 10 regionally after placing seventh at the RMAC Championships. The women ran to a team time of 1:59:26 for seventh, but were only a minute off a top five finish.
Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) again led the Pack women, as she was 11th overall and earned All-RMAC First Team recognition. She ran the 6K course in 22:19.8, just 35 seconds off first place. Close behind was sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) as she clocked a 22:35.3 to finish 16th to gather All-RMAC Second Team honors.
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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