PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior, Ruby Roberts, took over the reins as the Cougar women’s cross country captain for the 2013 season.
The Kingston, Wash. native is pursuing a degree in fine arts at WSU. Prior to college, she ran cross country and track and field for Kingston High School and was a two-time 2A cross country champion. Roberts has continued this trend running for the Cougars. She ranks among the top WSU runners and holds multiple school records.
In her freshman (2010-11) season, Roberts was the top Cougar finisher in each cross country race. That same year, she set the WSU freshman indoor record in the one-mile race with a time of 4:48.97. Roberts also holds the top spot in the Cougar record book for the fastest freshman 3000m steeplechase (10:31.14). In the distance medley relay, she set the second-best time in school history (11:18.14i) with teammates Courtney Zalud, Shawna Fermin, and Anna Layman at the Mountain Pacific Federation Championships.
In both her sophomore (2011-12) and junior (2012-13) years, Roberts was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic track and field first team. She also snagged the second-fastest mile time (4:46.67i) in WSU history at the MPSF Championships and the fourth-best 1500m time (4:20.16) in school history at the Pac-12 Championships, as a junior.
Despite Roberts’ record-breaking speed, she was able to slow down to answer a few questions about herself and the 2013 cross country team.
What are your duties as team captain?
Make sure everyone is happy and healthy and point them in the right direction.
Where is your favorite training run?
I like doing workouts up on Moscow Mountain. It is a nice change of scenery and a great way to start out the day.
Do you have a favorite pre-race meal/restaurant?
Our team usually goes out to dinner the night before competitions. We usually get Italian food at places like Olive Garden and Buca di Beppo.
The team spends a lot of time running together. What is your favorite thing to talk about on a run?
We talk about pretty much everything from telling funny stories to talking about season goals.
What is your proudest athletic moment at Washington State?
Last spring, when our women’s track and field team beat Washington on its new purple track at the Cougar vs. Husky Dual meet.
During a tough race, what keeps you motivated?
Thinking about all of the hard work and training I have endured to prepare myself and knowing that my teammates are out there with me.
After living in Pullman for a few years, what is your favorite thing about the city?
The tight-knit community and huge amount of support for the university.
What is your favorite sport other than cross country?
Track and Field
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I have always wanted to travel to India and other countries in Southeast Asia.
What is at the top of your bucket list?
Road-trip across the United States and see all the national parks.
What is the most-played song on your iPod right now?
I have an MP3 player and I would have to say Anthony Hamilton’s "Do you feel me" or anything by Tupac.
If you could hang out with a celebrity or professional athlete for one day, who would it be?
Do you have a favorite class you’re taking this semester?
Definitely my painting class
What are your career aspirations for after college? Do you have a dream job?
I would like to work with programs that serve underprivileged youth by providing them with opportunities to pursue athletics and/or arts. Eventually I would like to design and found my own program.