The University of Wisconsin mens track and field and cross country programs are hosting a reunion in conjunction with the 2008 Big Ten Conference Mens Indoor Track & Field Championships. To celebrate 115 years of Badger track, we will be catching up with some former Badger stars.
In the 115-year history of the Badger track program, Wisconsin has had 15 Olympians, 31 individual NCAA champions, 315 All-America honors and 425 Big Ten individual champions.
Our first profile is of Bruce Roberts, a two-year letterwinner for the Badgers from 1978-80. Roberts won the 1980 Big Ten Indoor title at 600 yards and went on to represent Canada at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Name: Bruce M. Roberts
Current residence: Milwaukee, Wis.
Years at UW: 1978 80
Events competed in: 400 meters, 600 yards, 800 meters, 4 x 400-meter relay, 4 x 800-meter relay and cross country (only 2-3 meets)
Notable UW accomplishments: Two- time NCAA Indoor championship participant; 1980 Big Ten champion in the indoor 600-yard run; third-place finish in the 800 meters at the 1980 Big Ten outdoor meet; former UW indoor 500-meter record holder, two- time letter winner.
How did you athletic career assist you after college Gave me more work endurance and gave me passion for staying fit/healthy
Year graduated/degree(s): I graduated in December 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.
How did your degree from the UW assist you in your career Yes, as my degree qualified me to work as an engineer
Occupation: Currently stock investor from home; formerly design engineer at Harley-Davidson 1995-2005; formerly design engineer at Borg-Warner Automotive 1991-1994; formerly design engineer at General Motors, 1981-1989
Notable achievements: Member of the 1984 Canadian Olympic team in Los Angeles, finishing 31st out of 72 runners in the 800 meters; Co-Holder of two U.S. patents Forward and reverse power shift transmission and dry sump oil cooling system (both can be found on line at www.google.com/patents )
Family: Currently still single; my parents and two brothers
Other work (organizations, charities, etc.): Volunteer at United Way of Greater Milwaukee for four years
Hobbies: Playing guitar (acoustic and electric )
What do you remember most about your years at the UW Track practice and competitions with Coaches Dan McClimon, Coach Al Dockery and Coach Ed Nuttycombe
Do you still follow the Badgers Yes, track, cross country, football, basketball and hockey
What advice would you give current student-athletes Stay in school as long as you can and take some `fun classes, because one works for a long time afterwards.