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Athletics News - May 2018

Pride of the Pack

Pride of the Pack—formerly Lobster Bake—a scholarship fundraiser and crawfish boil with the CSU-Pueblo Athletic Department is set for Wednesday, July 25th at the new Occhiato Student Center Ballroom on campus. For more information and reservations, call Racheal Morris at 719.549.2013 or email at

ThunderWolf Football Tickets on Sale

CSU-Pueblo FootballThe Colorado State University-Pueblo football team will have the opportunity to #BeGr8 in 2018 with the challenge of winning their eighth Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship in program history. Fans can act NOW to catch all the action of the 2018 home season by renewing or purchasing season tickets.

The ThunderWolves are loaded to compete for their seventh conference title in the last eight years during their five-game home schedule.

The Pack were a perfect 5-0 at home in 2017 and are riding a 34-game home winning streak versus RMAC opponents into 2018. The home slate begins with Dixie State University visiting the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl for the season opener Sept. 1. [Complete 2018 football schedule]

For renewals or new orders, contact Trey Nickelson at the CSU-Pueblo Ticket Office, by calling 719.549.2050 or emailing

Pack Athletics Golf Classic

The Pack Athletics Golf Classic is scheduled for August 31st at the Pueblo Country Club. For more information and team reservations, call Racheal Morris at 719-549-2013 or email at

Williams Wins Elite 90 Award for the 3rd Time

PITTSBURG, Kan. (March 13, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was recognized as the 2018 NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track and Field Elite 90 Award winner Thursday prior to the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. Williams is just the second three-time winner of the award at the Division II level since the program began in 2009-10.

Williams was also the recipient of the honor at last year's indoor championships and at the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Billy Brickmueller of University of Sioux Falls, also a cross country and track and field student-athlete, is the only other three-time winner, male or female, at the DII level. 

The senior owns a 3.99 GPA, while majoring in biology (biomedical sciences) and EXHPR (general exercise science).

All-American with the Distance Medley Relay, which finished second and as individual after placing fifth in the 3000m run National qualifier in the 3000m run and will compete in the 1600m leg of the DMR ... USTFCCCA All-Region (mile, DMR) ... Ran an NCAA provisional converted time of 8:07.79 at the Mines D-II Invite & Multi (Jan. 26) to rank 11th in Division II ... The DMR ran a converted time of 9:46.78 at the Mines D-II Invite & Multi, an automatic time that enters the national championships fourth in Division II ... Posted an NCAA automatic time in the mile with a mark of 4:01.79 at Colorado Invitational (Feb. 2) that finished the regular season seventh ... Also had a NCAA provisional time in the 800m run ... NCAA Elite 90 Award winner ... RMAC Summit Award winner. 

The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, log on to


Joe Folda Honored for Service to CSU-Pueblo

Joe Folda concluded his “Victory Tour” on May 19th at the CSU-Pueblo President’s Gala. Folda was awarded the President’s Medallions for Distinguished Service to the University to honor his 30 –plus years of service to the Athletics Department as a coach and director of athletics. On May 12th, campus and community members, friends, family and former basketball players gathered in the Occhiato Student Center Ballroom to celebrate Folda. A scholarship that will support student-athletes was established in his honor. To make a gift and give Coach Folda your best wishes, visit: Joe Folda Scholarship


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