By JOSH PETRIE sports editor
Central Washington University has one of the premier collegiate men’s rugby programs in the nation, but it doesn’t fit in geographically with its peers. The closest worthy adversaries are in California and the Mountain time zone.
The Wildcats were a staple of the Division 1-A Pacific Conference, but with more California schools moving up came fewer willing to travel north. So CWU will go it alone this season, becoming the top flight’s only independent squad for the 2013 season.
“It wasn’t really our preference. We wanted to stay,” CWU head coach Tony Pacheco said. “As they added schools, some of those schools voiced they didn’t want to come to Ellensburg, basically. So I think to kind of appease the masses, we came up with a creative solution to play as an independent.”
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