STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University associate head track and field coach Steve Dudley has announced the signing of Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College's Kyle Roberts to a national-letter-of-intent. Roberts will begin competing for the Bulldogs during the 2006-07 school year.
"It is not many times where an athletic program finds such an outstanding academic and athletic performer such as Kyle Roberts," Dudley said. "He has a 4.0 GPA and has been named an NJCAA all-American numerous times. We look forward to him joining our program."
During the 2006 indoor season at HCC, Roberts finished second in the pentathlon. As a freshman, he took third in the indoor pentathlon and second in the outdoor 400-meter hurdles. His personal best times include 47.77 seconds in the 400-meter dash and 52.04 in the 400-meter hurdles.
Roberts is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and a member of a car restoration group at HCC. He was an athletic academic all-American, named to Who's Who Among American Junior Colleges and named to the Dean's Honor Roll the past three semesters.
As a prep under coach Brett Eckert at Hutchinson High School, Roberts quailed for the state track and field meet all four years and was a league and regional champion as a junior and senior. His team took second overall his junior campaign and won the overall title his senior season. A two-time state champion in the 300-meter hurdles, Roberts won those titles his junior and senior seasons and took second in the 110-meter hurdles both years. As a senior, he also finished second in the triple jump and ran on the second-place 4x400-meter relay. While HHS, Roberts was named his team's Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior and holds school records in the 400-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles.
In addition to track, Roberts was a member of the Salthawk soccer team all four years. As a junior, the team finished fourth at state and took second his sophomore year. He wrapped up his career as the second all-time leading scorer at HHS. Roberts also played basketball for two seasons and was a member of the Key Club, Student Council and Latin Club. He was named to the Principal's Honor Roll for four years and named to Who's Who Among American High School Students.
"I'm very excited to be coming to Mississippi State," Roberts said. "Everyone here talks about how good the SEC is in track and field and now, I get to compete in it. I want to show that Midwest boys can run, too. I hope to place in the top three at conference and go to nationals before I graduate."
Roberts is the son of Jacque and Ken Roberts and is undecided on his major.