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Paul Chelimo
Year: Senior
Hometown: Chebiemit, Kenya
High School: Chebiemit Boys School
Experience: 2 Letters
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Paul Chelimo Bio
Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com
Release: 07/31/2012

2013 Outdoor Track
Posted his second straight National Runner-Up performance in the 5,000-meter distance as he placed second in the NCAA National Championships in Eugene ... Tallied a time of 13:40.41 to earn First Team All-America honors for the second straight season ... Won his second straight NCAA East Regional Championship with a time of 13:49.94, winning by over 10 seconds in the race ... Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round with the second-fastest time in the 5,000-meter race (13:36.27) ... Posted his third fastest 5,000-meter time of his career and fastest of the season at 13:36.27 at the Payton Jordan Invitational (April 28) at Stanford … He finished 19th overall in the race that included professionals and former Olympians … His time of 13:36.27 is the 10th-fastest time in NCAA Division I as of May 1 and the third best time in the NCAA East Region … Named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for his efforts at the Payton Jordan … Named the SoCon Runner of the Week (April 3) after posting a ninth place finish in the 5,000-meter race at the Stanford Invitational (March 30) … Posted his top 1,500-meter time of the year finishing second at the Wake Forest Open (March 15-16) at 3:49.27… Led the 1,500-meter race at the Southern Conference Championships (April 20-21) but was disqualified for impeding … Posted a personal-best mile time at 4:08.06 to win the Bob Davidson Mile at the High Point VertKlasse Meet (March 22-23).

2012-13 Indoor Track
Won the Southern Conference Championship (Feb.23-24) in the 3,000-meter race, marking his sixth title in the league in all events with two cross country, an indoor mile last year, an outdoor 1,500-meter race and a distance-medley championship in the outdoor season … Posted a time of 8:09.07, winning by 1.68 over his nearest competitor and setting a facility record at the JDL Fast Track … 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 (Feb. 9), where he finished 16th overall … Finished seventh overall in the Elite Mile race at the Hilton Garden Invitational(Feb. 1-2) with a time of 4:09.41. 

2012 Cross Country
Named the Southern Conference Runner of the Year for the second straight season after winning the SoCon Cross Country Championships with a time of 23:42.22 (Oct. 27) …Ran three fastest times in the Southern Conference in the 8,000-meter distance … Won the SoCon Championships by 15 seconds over his nearest competitor … Finished second in the NCAA Southeast Regional for the second straight year …Posted a 10,000-meter time of 29:36.51 at McAlpine Park in Charlotte (Nov. 9) to set another UNCG-program record at that distance … Trimmed three seconds from his 10,000-meter time set the year prior at the same race … Earned NCAA Division I All-America status by placing 10th in the NCAA National Championship race in Louisville (Nov. 17) … Improved three spots in the race from the prior year … Set another UNCG-program record in the 10,000-meter race with a time of29:29.80 … Two-time SoCon Runner of the Month (September andOctober) … Named SoCon Runner of the Week Oct. 17 and SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week Oct. 31 … Two-time Blue Chip Performer of the Week … Posted a third place finish at the Greater Louisville Classic (Sept. 29) with a program-record time of 22:59.62 in the 8,000-meter race … Added a time of 23:14.00 in the Pre-Nationals race in Louisville (Oct. 13). 

2012 Outdoor
Set a school record and personal best time of3:40.25 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 DesMoines, Iowa, crossing the line in a time of 13:41.04, earning first-team All America honors (June 6).

2011-12 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 of 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). 

2011 Cross Country
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 (Oct29) … named SoCon Runner of the Year… second overall at the prestigious NCAA Southeast Regional in a time of 29:52 (Nov12) … 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 All-America cross country honors. 

Prior to UNCG
2010-11
Attended Shorter University in Rome, Ga. where he ran for coach Jay Stephenson … helped lead his team to a10th 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 finished 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.

HighSchool
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 its 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 public health at UNCG.


Top Performances

Cross Country
8k: 22:59.62 (Greater Louisville Classic -9/29/12)

10k: 28:37.30 (NCAA Regiona, 11/15/13)

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

Outdoor
Mile: 4:08.06 (High Point VertKlasse, 3/23/13)
1,500m: 3:40.25
5,000m: 13:21.89

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