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University of Wyoming junior runner Paul Roberts finished 20th at the NCAA National Championships in Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday to earn All-American honors. The Cowboys finished 12th as a team with 371 points, the third-best in program history and best since 1977, when Wyoming finished third.

Roberts ran the 10k in 29 minutes, 41.36 seconds, the fastest time at the national meet for a Cowboy since 1979 (Geir Kvernmo). Roberts is the ninth All-American runner at Wyoming and first since Mark Korir in 2007 (he finished 19th).

Wyoming junior Christopher Henry earned the NCAA Elite 90 Award after Saturday’s race, where he finished 63rd. That award is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals in each of the NCAA’s 90 championship sports. Henry is a molecular biology and physiology double major, and maintains a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

Fellow junior Harry Ewing took 105th by running a 30:39.50 while junior Daniel Hintz finished not far behind, 30:47.51 good for 116th. Senior Michael Downey ran a 31:06.93 for 157th.

The Cowboys finished third among Mountain West schools competing. Northern Arizona repeated as team champions with 83 points and BYU came in second with 116. Wisconsin’s Morgan McDonald won the individual championship by running a 29:08.30.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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