COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 8, 2018) - Senior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico) won the Colorado College Invitational Saturday and paced the No. 8 Colorado State University-Pueblo men's cross country team to a second place finish in the opening event of the 2018 season. The ThunderWolves were second only to No. 3 Colorado School of Mines at the event held at North Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Pack women were fifth in the race.
Laguera posted a time of 25:31.9 in the 8K race and finished 13 seconds ahead of second place. The ThunderWolves had three student-athletes in the top 10, as senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was eighth in his first cross country race since 2016, as he crossed the finish line in 26:11.6. Senior Alec Choury (Westminster, Colo.) was 10th with a time of 26:15.0.
Mines placed all five scorers in the top 12 and finished with 29 points, while the ThunderWolves scored 45 points, which was 55 less than third. Rounding out the scorers for CSU-Pueblo were newcomers Dylan Day (Jr., Fountain, Colo.) and Cole Muñoz (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.). Day finished in 27:23.7 (23rd) and Munoz posted a time of 27:32.6 (27th).
For the women, the squad collected 96 points for fifth and were 19 points out of third. Sophomore Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) paced the team in the 6K race with a time of 24:06.8, which was good for 12th in field of 88 athletes. In her first collegiate race, freshman Claire Pauley (Fr., Arvada, Colo.) was 16th, as she crossed the finish line in 24:17.9. Sophomore Hailey Streff (So., Madison, S.D.) was 25th overall and clocked a time of 24:53.8.
Next up for the ThunderWolves is the Mountaineer/Cowboy Invite Sept. 15 in Gunnison, Colo.
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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.