Men's Track & Field Heads To SoCon Outdoor Championships
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's track and field program heads to Statesboro, Ga., for the 2013 Southern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend. The meet begins Saturday morning at 8 a.m. and runs through Sunday's awards ceremony at 5:45 p.m. at Eagle Field.
Junior Paul Chelimo (Chebiemit, Kenya/Chebiemit Boys School) leads the Spartans into the weekend as he is the top qualifier in two events during the outdoor season. Chelimo, the defending SoCon champion in the 1,500-meter distance, enters the weekend with the top time of the season in the race with a time of 3:49.26 set at the Wake Forest Open. Last year, he won the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:49.06.
Chelimo is also the top qualifier in the 5,000-meter race entering the weekend. He posted a time of 13:42.03 this season at the Stanford Invitational and his time is 17 seconds faster than any other runner in the league this season. Chelimo did not run the 5,000-meter distance last year at the SoCon championships but won the race at the NCAA Regionals and finished second in the NCAA National Championships to earn All-America accolades in the event.
Sophomore Paul Katam (Eldoret, Kenya/Sacho) will also run the 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter races. Katam will not run the 10,000-meter distance despite holding the top time at the distance this season in the conference and being the defending SoCon Champion in the event. He owns the second fastest time in the conference this season in the 1,500-meter race, trailing only Chelimo by less than two-tenths of a second at 3:49.43. He will be running the 5,000-meter distance for the first time this season.
Junior Abraham Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya/Kipkabus) owns the sixth-fastest time this season in the 5,000-meter race (14:44.98) and has the seventh-best time in the 10,000-meter race at 30:52.19. Sophomore Dylan Belles (Denver, N.C./East Lincoln) will also run both the distance races as he has the 15th-best time in the 5,000-meter race (15:00.54) and the 10th-fastest time in the 10,000-meter race at 31:14.12. Belles earned SoCon All-Freshman accolades last season in the 10,000-meter distance with a time of 33:53.46 finishing 10th overall.
Rounding out the Spartans who enter the weekend with a top-20 time this season in an outdoor event include freshman Joshua Crawford (Fayetteville, N.C./South View) and junior Tyron Alston (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance). Crawford has the eighth-fastest time in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:53.21 at the Wake Forest Open while Alston turned in the 18th-best time in the same race with a time of 3:58.17 at the Raleigh Relays.
Live results will be available at www.uncgspartans.com and updates will be posted on Twitter @UNCGXC and @uncgsports.
UNCG Entries At 2013 SoCon Outdoor Championships
Men's 400m Dash
Paige, Corey: 54.83 (54.83 UNCW Seahawk Invitational 03/08/13)
Men's 800m Run
Elwood, John: 2:01.57 (2:01.57 Duke Invitational 04/05/13)
Shook, CJ: 2:03.66 (2:03.66 Duke Invitational 04/05/13)
White, Myles: 2:02.46 (2:02.46 Duke Invitational 04/05/13)
Men's 1,500m Run
Alston, Tyron: 3:58.17 (3:58.17 Raleigh Relays (College/University) 03/29/13)
Cain, Brandon: 4:06.41 (4:06.41 UNCW Seahawk Invitational 03/08/13)
Chelimo, Paul: 3:49.26 (3:49.26 Wake Forest Open 03/15/13)
Crawford, Josh: 3:53.21 (3:53.21 Wake Forest Open 03/15/13)
Katam, Paul: 3:49.43 (3:49.43 Wake Forest Open 03/15/13)
Murphy, Chris: 4:11.16 (4:11.16 Raleigh Relays (College/University) 03/29/13)
Men's 5,000m Run
Belles, Dylan: 15:00.54 (15:00.54 Raleigh Relays (College/University) 03/29/13)
Chelimo, Paul: 13:42.03 (13:42.03 Stanford Invitational 03/29/13)
Kemboi, Abraham: 14:44.98 (14:44.98 Duke Invitational 04/05/13)
Crawford, Josh: 15:29.76 (15:29.76 Raleigh Relays (College/University) 03/29/13)
Men's 10,000m Run
Belles, Dylan: 31:14.12 (31:14.12 Duke Invitational 04/05/13
Kemboi, Abraham: 30:52.19 (30:52.19 Raleigh Relays (College/University) 03/29/13)
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase
Day, Taylor: 9:52.52 (9:52.52 Duke Invitational 04/05/13)
Williams, Eric: 9:54.45 (9:54.45 Duke Invitational 04/05/13)
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