Roberts finishes as top American, 33rd overall, at IAAF U20 World Cross Country Championships

Roberts finishes as top American, 33rd overall, at IAAF U20 World Cross Country Championships

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KAMPALA, Uganda (March 26, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo freshman Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) finished as the top member of Team USA and was 33rd overall at the IAAF U20 World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda Sunday.

Roberts was named captain for the junior team Saturday, as he competed in his second and final world junior championships. He ran the 8k course in 25:31.

"I just kept moving up for the first two laps," Roberts said after the race in a quote posted on usatf.org. "We talked about [how] we need to move up on the third lap. So I just tried to hook on...just one at a time, one at a time."

"The crowd was huge and the athletes were amazing," Roberts added. "Just getting the experience was awesome."

Roberts qualified by winning the USATF Cross Country Junior Championship Feb. 4, as he posted a 26:05 in the 8K race in Bend, Oregon.

As a member of the Pack, the freshman is two weeks removed from running at his first NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, as he qualified for the 3000m run where he finished 14th. Roberts was an all-region selection in the event.

Roberts earned all-region and all-conference honors in his first cross country season, as he helped the ThunderWolves to their first NCAA Division II National Championships appearance. The Pack finished ninth for the program's third top 10 finish at a national championship meet. The freshman was 47th with a time of 31:25.8 in the 10K race. 

In just its third season back as a program, the CSU-Pueblo men's cross country squad were ranked as high as No. 6 nationally during the regular season. The Pack won two meets and finished third at both the RMAC Championships and NCAA South Central Region Championships.

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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.