University of Wyoming senior cross-country runner Paul Roberts was named national athlete of the week Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Roberts, a native of Lyons, Colorado, is the first ever UW athlete to earn this recognition during a cross-country season.
“Paul had a really good end to his summer training, and he had to put up with a little bit of an obstacle, but he came through it well,” UW cross-country coach Scott Dahlberg said. “It was nice to see him come out and compete really well. He ran smart and tough. That’s a great honor that he’s well deserving of.”
Roberts won the Wyoming Invite Friday in Cheyenne among a field of 72 athletes that also included 2018 NCAA top-10 finishers Joe Klecker and John Dressel from Colorado. Roberts blazed through the 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 05.3 seconds, two seconds faster than the same he won race last season and seven seconds faster than second place at this year’s event.
Robert’s tape-breaking effort helped guide the No. 16-ranked Cowboys to the top of the team standings with 47 points. Wyoming defeated No. 4-ranked Colorado by four points and No. 17-ranked Colorado State by nine points.
Roberts was an All-American last season when he finished 20th at the NCAA national championships. This is the third win in Roberts’ UW career after transferring from CSU-Pueblo prior to his junior season. He also won the Wyoming Invite and the Mountain West championship last season.
McDonald enshrined in Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
Former UW women’s basketball coach Margie McDonald was inducted last weekend into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, as part of the Wayland Baptist women’s basketball program.
McDonald is a 1964 graduate of Wayland Baptist University, and the dominant WBU teams of 1948-1982 were inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. McDonald is currently the radio color analyst for Cowgirls basketball games.
McDonald is a University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and was the Cowgirls coach from 1975-83. McDonald went 123-114 in her nine years at the helm of Cowgirl basketball, including a 69-40 record at home. Her 1978-79 team went 25-7 overall, and that win total is still the second-most ever in a single season her at UW. She was named the conference Coach of the Year in 1979.
Before the days of NCAA Women’s basketball, the Wayland Baptist University women’s basketball team won 131 consecutive games from 1953-58 and 10 AAU National Championships overall (1954-57, 1959, 1961, 1970-71, 1974-75). Rosters included players such as a three-time AAU All-American Patsy Neal, two-time FIBA World Championships gold medalist Katherine Washington, co-captain of the 1980 United States Olympic team Jill Rankin and a total of 130 All-Americans, including McDonald.
Coach Harley Redin, team sponsor Claude Hucherson and five players were enshrined in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame when the team as a whole was recognized as trailblazers of the game in 2013.
Cowboys golf place 5th to open season
The UW men’s golf team they finished fifth out of 18 teams Sunday at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational and had three golfers in the top 20.
Sophomore Kirby Coe-Kirkham led the Cowboys in a tie for sixth place on the Eisenhower Golf Club Blue Course at the Air Force Academy. Other UW golfers joining Coe-Kirkham in the top 20 was senior Dan Starzinski, who tied for 12th and junior Carl Underwood, who tied for 20th.
Coe-Kirkham finished three strokes out of the lead at 212 (4 under). Starzinski fired the low round on Sunday — a 66 (6 under) to move from 49th place after two rounds to a tie for 12th to end the tournament at 214. Underwood shot an even-par 216 three round total to tie for 20th. Underwood’s opening round 65 on Friday was the low round of the entire tournament by any individual.
“We were real close to finishing a few spots higher as a team, but overall I am really pleased with the way the guys came out and competed in our first tournament of the season,” said Joe Jensen, UW director of golf and head men’s coach. “Kirby had a really nice tournament, and he had a chance to finish even higher. He had really good looks on 16, 17 and 18 on Sunday but couldn’t quite get a couple of putts to fall."
Rounding out the scoring for the Cowboys were: sophomore Tyler Severin, who tied for 46th at 221 and sophomore Jared Edeen, who tied for 83rd at 231. Redshirt freshman Liam Clancy and junior Bryce Waters both finished at 225 to tie for 59th playing as individuals.
Colorado won the team title with a 54-hole total of 854 (10 under par). Northern Colorado was second at 859, followed by UC Davis in third at 861. Host Air Force finished fourth at 862 — one stroke ahead of the Cowboys at 863.
Individually, Jake Vincent of Southern Utah won a two-hole playoff over Jack Castiglia and Coby Welch, both from Northern Colorado, to capture the individual title. Vincent, Castiglia and Welch all finished the 54 holes at 209.
The Cowboys will next play Sept. 16-17 at the Ram Masters Invitational hosted by Colorado State.
Belt dismissed for violation of team rules
UW men’s basketball coach Allen Edwards announced Monday that redshirt freshman guard Bradley Belt has been dismissed from the team after a violation of team rules.
“We thank Bradley for his contributions to the program during his time here, and we wish him well in the future,” said Edwards in a statement from UW. The school would not provide any further comment.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Belt came to UW after one season at Washington Academy in Greenville, North Carolina. Belt averaged 29.4 points and 3.3 assists per game there, and shot 42% from 3-point range. Belt received a three-star rating out of five from rivals.com, espn.com and 247sports.com. Belt chose UW over Murray State and Alcorn State, and also had interest from Alabama and Auburn.
Prior to attending Washington Academy, Belt graduated from James Clemons High in Huntsville, Alabama, where he played basketball and football.