GUNNISON, Colo. (September 15, 2018) - No. 8 Colorado State University-Pueblo men's cross country finished second at the Mountaineer/Cowboy Invite and was again guided by senior Marcelo Laguera (Chihuahua, Mexico), who won the race, hosted by Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. The young women's team finished sixth.
The ThunderWolves finished with a team time of 2:14:54.12 that averaged to 26:58.83. The squad scored 53 points behind host Western's 36 points. The Mountaineers are No. 5 in Division II and placed all five scorers in the top 15.
Laguera clocked a time of 25:58.87 in the 8K race, set at nearly 8,000 feet, to win his second race of the young season. He was victorious at last weekend's Colorado College Invite. Senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was fifth in the race that featured 83 athletes. He registered a time of 26:27.41.
Senior Alec Choury (Westminster, Colo.) finished 16th overall with a time of 27:18.23 and right on his hip was freshman Cole Muñoz (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who was 17th with a time of 27:23.95. The fifth and final scoring athlete for the team was junior Dylan Day (Fountain, Colo.), who was 27th overall and 21st among scoring athletes with a time of 27:45.66.
For the women, the Pack were sixth in the 5K race after scoring 163 points and recording a team time of 1:44:11.40 (average of 20:50.28).
Sophomore Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.) clocked a time of 19:44.51 to finish 22nd overall and 18th among scoring athletes. Less than 10 seconds back was freshman Claire Pauley (Arvada, Colo.), who crossed the finish line in 19:53.02 to sit 25th overall.
Sophomore Hailey Streff (Madison, S.D.) was 44th with a time of 20:46.42 to finish third on the team. The last two scoring members were Yasmine Hernandez (Fr., Johnstown, Colo.) with a time of 21:50.89 and sophomore Ashley Polk (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with a time of 21:56.55. They finished 62nd and 64th overall.
Next up, the Pack will separate on Oct. 6, as the men will race at the Conference Crossover in Romeoville, Illinois, hosted by Lewis University, while the women are set to run the Roadrunner Invite at Washington Park in Denver.
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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.