UNCG Men's Track & Field BIO
 Paul Chelimo

2011-12 XC:  Undefeated through the first four meets of the season … set 8,000 meter school record at the SoCon Cross Country Championships in 23:11 to take the individual title (Oct 29) … named SoCon Runner of the Year… second overall at the prestigious NCAA Southeast Regional in a time of 29:52 (Nov 12) … finished 13th overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships with a personal record time of 29:39 for 10,000 meters (Nov 21) … became first Spartan runner to earn Cross Country All-American honors. Indoor: Won the 3,000m at the prestigious Meyo Invitational with a personal best and school record setting time of 7:49.87 (Feb 4) … set the school record in the mile run at the Spire Invitational with a personal best time 4:02.80, finishing first overall (Feb 11) … Southern Conference Champion in the mile run with a time of 4:06.57 (Feb 24) … placed fourth in the 3,000m at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 7:50.26 to garner All-America honors (Mar 10). Outdoor: Set a school record and personal best time of 3:40.25 in the 1,500m at the Raleigh Relays, which was the fastest time in the country at that time for that distance (Mar 30) …  earned top individual honors in the 1,500 meters at the Southern Conference Outdoor Championships (Apr 22) … lowered his own personal best and school record time in the 5,000m at the Payton Jordan Invitational with a time of 13:21.89 to finish eighth overall (Apr 29) … won the 5,000m at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in a time of 14:00.51 (May 26) … national runner-up in the 5,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, crossing the line in a time of 13:41.04, earning first-team All American honors (June 6).

Prior to UNCG
Attended Shorter University in Rome, Ga. Where he ran for coach Jay Stephenson … helped lead his team to a 10th place finish at the NAIA National Championship after running the 8k course in a time of 24:44 to finish in third place … was named the Southern States Athletic Conference Cross Country Runner of the Year … named the NAIA National Runner of the Week twice in cross country … took home top individual honors at the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship to also earn all-conference honors … also finish in first as an individual at the Berry XC Invitational and the Southeast Classic in cross country … helped lead his team to a National Championship in indoor track after winning the national title in the 3,000 meters and distance medley relay at the event … also helped lead his team to an NAIA National Championship in outdoor track … won the national title during the outdoor season in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters … won the conference title in the 1,500 and 10,000 meters, as well as a member of the 4x800 meter relay team … was also a two-time NAIA National Runner of the Week in outdoor track.

High School: Ran at Chebiemit Boys Secondary School in Chebiemit, Kenya for coach Reuben Kirrah … competed in the 800, 1,500 and 5,000 meters in track & field … also played on the soccer team that won their district title.

Personal: Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo … born Oct. 27, 1990 in Iten, Kenya … son of Gabriel Suter and Roselyne Cheruiyot … has four siblings, Moses Kiptoo, Denis Chelimo, Alberto Chelimo and Emmanuela Chelimo … majoring in pre-nursing at UNCG.

Top Performances: 

8k: 23:11.56
10k: 29:39.1 

800m: 1:54.54
Mile: 4:02.80
3,000m: 7:49.87 

1,500m: 3:40.25
5,000m: 13:21.89

Year: Junior
Hometown: Chebiemit, Kenya
High School: Chebiemit Boys School
Experience: 1 Letter
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