COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 31, 2017) - Paul Roberts (Fr., Boulder, Colo.) of the No. 3 Colorado State University-Pueblo men's track and field squad was honored as Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week, Tuesday in an announcement from the league office.
The weekly recognition was the first for the Pack track and field programs this season.
A true freshman running just his second 3000m race in college, Roberts owns the fastest time in NCAA Division II after winning the event with a time of 8:29.86, which was converted to 8:06.31, at the Colorado Mines Division II Invite. His time would rank top 30 among all NCAA divisions. He beat out teammate Derrick Williams, who was second at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships in the 3000m. Roberts' time was just three seconds off the national automatic mark (8:03.13).
The night before, Roberts ran the 1600m leg for the B squad of the distance medley relay team. The squad's time of 10:12.39 was converted to 9:48.83, which was an NCAA Division II provisional mark and ranks fourth nationally. Roberts helped the Pack finish third at the invite.
Next up, the Pack will run at the New Mexico Classic Feb. 3-4.
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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.