Chelimo & Katam Turn In Strong Performances At Stanford Invitational
PALO ALTO, Calif. – UNCG junior Paul Chelimo (Chebiemit, Kenya/Chebiemit Boys School) and sophomore Paul Katam (Eldoret, Kenya/Sacho) turned in strong performances at the prestigious Stanford Invitational Friday night at Cobb Track and Angel Field.
Chelimo, running his first 5,000-meter race of the outdoor season, turned in a ninth place finish in the same distance he finished national runner-up last year in the NCAA Championships. He posted a time of 13:42.03, which was just off his NCAA Championship time of 13:41.04, finishing behind Arkansas' Kemoy Campbell who posted a time of 13:32.82.
Chelimo's time of 13:42.03 is over 27 seconds faster than his nearest competitor this season in the Southern Conference as Davidson's Demetrios Pagonis has tallied a time of 14:09.96 this year. His time is still 21 seconds behind his personal-best time of 13:21.89 set last year at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
Katam placed 21st in the 10,000-meter race to close out the night at Stanford in a time of 29:21.87. His time is 89 seconds faster than any other runner in the SoCon this season, surpassing Western Carolina's Joey Weaver (30:50.62). He finished behind John Gilbertson running for The Masters in a time of 28:30.35.
Katam's time of 29:21.87 is his second fastest of his career, trailing his personal-best time of 29:10.65 set last season at the NCAA Championships where he finished ninth overall in the nation.
The Spartans return to action next weekend at the Duke Invitational in Durham April 5-6 before running at the Joe Hilton Invitational in Chapel Hill April 13 in the final tune-up before the Southern Conference championships.
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