COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 7, 2017) - A total of 10 members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country programs gathered Academic All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors, while four student-athletes were recognized as first team recipients for their efforts in athletics and in the classroom.
Named Academic All-RMAC First Team for the men were Alec Choury (Jr., Westminster, Colo.), Marcelo Laguera (Jr., Chihuahua, Mexico) and Paul Roberts (So., Boulder, Colo.), while Miriam Roberts (Sr., Boulder, Colo.) gathered the award for the women.
The award winners, along with other First Team All-Academic members, were voted on by the conference's sports information directors. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters and carry a cumulative 3.30 grade point average (GPA).
All student-athletes that met those requirements but were not selected for First Team automatically qualified for Honor Roll.
ACADEMIC ALL-RMAC HONOR ROLL
Michael Duran, So., Pueblo, Colo., 3.88, Biology (Environmental Biosciences)
Logan Morley, So., Bigfork, Mont., 3.56, Physics and Mathematics
Zach Retzlaff, So., Pueblo West, Colo., 3.45, Engineering
Ben Vaughan, Sr., Great Falls, Mont., 3.45, EXHPR (General Exercise Science) and Biology
ACADEMIC ALL-RMAC FIRST TEAM BIOS
3.99 GPA in Sociology/Criminology
Named All-American after clocking a time of 31:46.5 in the 10K NCAA Division II National Championships to post a 28th place finish ... Was 30th at the 10K regional race after crossing the finish line in 32:07.52 ... All-RMAC First Team after finishing 11th at the RMAC Championships (8K - 25:40.5) ... Finished 14th at the 32nd Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout with an 8K time of 26:54.1 to help the ThunderWolves win their division ... Has competed in three races entering the RMAC Championships.
3.40 GPA in Civil Engineering Technology
Named All-American after finishing the 10K NCAA Division II National Championships in 23rd with a time of 31:36.9 ... All-Region after a third-place finish in the 10K race with a time of 30:40.26 ... All-RMAC First Team after finishing third and leading the ThunderWolves to fourth at the RMAC Championships (8K - 25:15.3) ... At the Colorado College Invite, crossed the finish line in 25:10.00 to finish first in the 8K race and guide the ThunderWolves to second ... Finished third twice and was 13th at the Stegemoller Classic National Preview entering the RMAC Championships.
3.55 GPA in General Exercise Science
National Qualifier ... Ran the 6K regional race in 21:32.71 to finish fifth and automatically qualify for her third appearance at the NCAA Division II National Championships ... Named All-Region ... All-RMAC First Team after leading the ThunderWolves at the RMAC Championships (6K - 22:19.8) ... Two-time RMAC Runner of the Week winner this season ... Finished top six in all four events leading up to the RMAC Championships, which included a meet victory at the 26th Annual Colorado College Invite, as she ran the 6K course in 22:29.5 ... Fifth at the Stegemoller Classic National Preview.
3.87 GPA in Civil Engineering Technology
Named All-American, as he was 35th at the NCAA Division II National Championships, as he crossed the finish line in the 10K race in 31:49.4 ... Earned All-Region honors after he finished the 10K race in 11th with a time of 31:18.68 ... All-RMAC First Team after finishing seventh and helping the Pack to fourth at the RMAC Championships (8K - 25:28.3) ... Named RMAC Runner of the Week Sept. 20 after a fourth place finish at the Stegmoller Classic National Preview ... Has finished in the top four in each of his four races leading into the RMAC Championships, which included first place among non-Division I competition at the Colorado State Duals (Sept. 1).
THUNDERWOLVES IN 2017
The CSU-Pueblo men's cross country team recorded its second straight top 10 performance at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, as the ThunderWolves were seventh to tie for the second best finish in program history. The seventh-place finish tied with the 1978 team and was second only to the 1966 squad that was fifth. The Pack moved up eight spots from their national ranking of No. 15 in the pre-championships poll.
Three members of the ThunderWolves were named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Americans, as Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico), Alec Choury (Westminster, Colo.) and Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) all finished in the top 40.
The women finished 11th at the regional meet and seventh at the RMAC Championships. Senior Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) was fifth at the regional championships to earn all-region recognition and automatically qualify for the national championships as an individual. Sophomore Gillian Maness (Kalispell, Mont.) was 19th at the regional meet to earn all-region 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.