Katam & Crawford Earn SoCon Honors At SoCon Track & Field Championships
STATESBORO, Ga. – Sophomore Paul Katam (Eldoret, Kenya/Sacho) and freshman Joshua Crawford (Fayetteville, N.C./South View) earned Southern Conference accolades on day two of the 2013 SoCon Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Georgia Southern at Eagle Field in Statesboro. Their performances helped the Spartans to an eighth place team finish in the two-day event.
Katam earned All-SoCon honors in the 1,500-meter race, marking his second All-League honor of her outdoor career after winning the 10,000-meter race at last year's championship. Katam finished second in the 1,500-meter race this year with a time of 3:51.51 finishing behind Davidson's Andrew Lantz (3:50.31).
Junior Paul Chelimo (Chebiemit, Kenya/Chebiemit Boys School), the defending champion and top qualifier this year, originally won the race in front of Lantz but was disqualified for an impeding infraction. Two UNCG appeals were denied allowing the original ruling of disqualification to stand.
Crawford earned SoCon All-Freshman accolades in the 1,500-meter race after placing 13th overall with a time of 3:57.91. Junior Tyron Alston (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance) also turned in a personal-best time in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:55.73, placing ninth overall giving the Spartans three finishers in the top 15.
Junior Abraham Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya/Kipkabus) turned in the Spartans second best finish of day two of the SoCon Championships in the 5,000-meter race. Kemboi placed sixth overall in the race with a time of 14:55.50, finishing behind Davidson's Demetrios Pagonis who won the race in a time of 14:35.84.
Western Carolina won the men's team title with 222.50 points overall while Samford finished second with 209 points and Appalachian State placed third with 183.50 points.
UNCG will travel to the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., next weekend for the first of three events leading up to the NCAA East Regional held in Greensboro on the campus of N.C. A&T May 23-25.
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