Roberts, a redshirt senior from Kingston, Wash., is one of 129 female student-athletes from 79 institutions to earn the national academic honor and one of 15 representatives from the Pac-12 Conference. She is a fine arts and human development major at WSU and has a 3.97 grade point average. Last fall Roberts was the first Cougar to cross the finish line at the NCAA West Regional meet, taking 15th place over with a 6000m time of 20:02, earning All-Region honors. In her career, Roberts is a three-time Pac-12 Cross Country All-Academic first team selection. This is her second selection to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
The Washington State women’s cross country team had a 3.48 grade point average. WSU is one of nine Pac-12 member schools among the 217 women’s teams named a USTFCCCA 2013 Cross Country All-Academic Team.
“We are honored to have our women’s team and Ruby Roberts be selected by the USTFCCCA for the combination of academic and athletic excellence,” Cougar cross country coach Tim Riley said. “To compete at a high level athletically and in the classroom is what being part of the Track and Field program here at WSU is all about.”
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region’s top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2013. For team honors, the team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.