BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 8, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo junior Derrick Williams was recognized as the 2017 NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track and Field Elite 90 Award winner Tuesday at the opening ceremonies of the 2017 NCAA Division II Winter Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.
After winning the award at the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Williams becomes the 11th male student-athlete to be honored more than once since the program began in 2009-10.
The junior owns a 3.99 GPA in biology (biomedical sciences).
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 90 championships.
Williams qualified for the indoor national championships as an individual in the 3000m run and will also run the anchor leg (1600m) of the men's Distance Medley Relay.
The DMR is set to run Friday at 5:15 p.m. MST, while the 3000m is set for 4 p.m. MST Saturday.
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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.