Paul Chelimo Named Second Team Academic All-America
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG junior runner Paul Chelimo (Chebiemit, Kenya/Chebiemit Boys School) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team for men's track and field/cross country, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. Chelimo owns a 3.68 GPA in nursing/public health and his selection marks the 23rd time in UNCG history a Spartan has earned the prestigious Academic All-America honor.
Chelimo, a native of Chebiemit, Kenya, marks the third straight year a Spartan has achieved the honor as former runner Ashley Schnell won Academic All-America honors the past two seasons. He is the first men's track student-athlete at UNCG to earn Academic All-America honors in program history.
Chelimo has posted back-to-back National Runner-Up performances in the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in the 5,000-meter race. Additionally, he has won two straight NCAA East Regional titles in the same event. He posted a time of 13:40.41 in the National Championship meet to earn All-America honors in outdoor track for the second straight year. He won his second straight regional crown with a time of 13:49.94, winning the race by over 10 seconds.
During the indoor track and field season, Chelimo won the Southern Conference Championship in the 3,000-meter race. The title was his sixth league championship in his first two years of completion in both track and field and cross country. He turned in his fastest time of the year in the 3,000-meter distance with a time of 8:06.71 at the Flotrack Husky Classic.
Chelimo was named the SoCon Runner of the Year for the second straight cross country season after winning the SoCon Championships with a time of 23:42.22. He posted the three fastest times in the conference in the 8,000-meter distance. He finished second in the NCAA Southeast Regional, setting a UNCG-program record with a time of 29:36.51. He capped his cross country season with an All-America honor by placing 10th in the NAA National Championship race in Louisville.
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