PUEBLO, COLO. (March 25, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo freshman Paul Roberts (Boulder, Colo.) will serve as the captain for Team USA in the junior race (under 20) at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda Sunday. Roberts will run in his second world championship race, an 8K course, at 6:10 a.m. mountain time.
The IAAF World Cross Country Championships will be aired on a delayed basis on Universal HD online from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. MT, and broadcast from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., also on Universal HD. More information can be viewed by clicking HERE.
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.
The first world experience for Roberts came in 2015 when he placed in the top six to travel with the team to China. He has also represented Team USA at the Great Edinburgh XCountry International Challenge in 2016.
"I just wanted to go out there and get in the top six to qualify for Uganda," Roberts said after the national win. "I'm super happy with the way it went. I think it is a really unique experience being able to go and represent the United States in another country."
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.