Williams caps off college career with a host of accomplishments

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Derrick Williams nears the finish line at the Montana State University/Bozeman Running Company Invitational in 2016. Williams received his diploma from Colorado State University Pueblo over the weekend. (MSU photo by Kelly Gotham.)

Former Wildcat running star Derrick Williams recently finished his college running career with a number of achievements, both on and off the field.

Williams, 25, graduated from Colorado State University Pueblo Saturday summa cum laude (4.0 GPA) with both a bachelor of science and a master of science in biology and was the first student to receive his diploma as the 2019 recipient of the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence.

Named for the late Budge Threlkeld, a former administrator and professor, the award is presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates excellence in academic and co-curricular activities as well as in service to the University and to the community.

Williams officially graduated in December, but served as a student employee in the CSU-Pueblo Foundation and as a workshop teacher for Upward Bound at Pueblo Community College while finishing out his running career.

A team captain from 2014-2018, Williams was awarded the Colorado State University-Pueblo Athlete of the Year and the Spank Blasing Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Williams is also a two-time Summit award winner, five-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Runner of the Year, three-time NCAA Division 2 Elite 90 Award winner, All-American and All-District Academic award winner.

Williams earned 14 All-American awards between his time at Carroll College and CSU-Pueblo and was twice the national runner-up in the distance medley relay and also finished second in the 3,000-meter race at the 2015 National Indoor Championships. Overall, Williams finished in the top-three five times at nationals and won 20 all-regional awards and six RMAC championships.

Williams, who graduated from Columbia Falls High School in 2012 with a number of Wildcat running records, now plans on attending medical school.

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