UNCG Men's Cross Country BIO
 Paul Katam

2013 Outdoor Track
Finished as the national runner-up in the 10,000-meter race and earned First Team All-America honors for his efforts in Eugene ... Posted a time of 29:41.27 in the National Championship race, which was almost nine seconds faster than his NCAA Regional winning time ... Won his second straight NCAA East Regional championship in the 10,000-meter distance, posting a time of 29:50.22 ... His time was the top qualifying time in either regional race as he won his heat by over four seconds ... Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the 10,000-meter race (29:21.87) ... Finished second at the Southern Conference Championships (April 20-21) in the 1,500-meter race to earn All-SoCon honors for his time of 3:51.51 while earning eight team points … Posted his top 1,500-meter time of the year at the Wake Forest Open (March 15-16), with a time of 3:49.43 …Turned in the top time in the SoCon in the 10,000-meter distance at 29:21.87 at the Stanford Invitational (March 29-30) to finish 21st overall … Placed fifth overall in the Bob Davidson Mile Run with a time of 4:11.06 at the High Point VertKlasse Meet (March 22-23) … Won his heat and posted the15th best time in the NCAA East Region in the 5,000-meter distance with a  time of 13:57.00 at the Payton Jordan Invitational (April 28) … His time at the Payton Jordan made him just the second Spartan all-time to post a sub-14-minute 5k race, joining teammate Paul Chelimo. 

2012-13 Indoor Track
Won the Southern Conference Championship (Feb. 23-24) in the 5,000-meter race, posting a time of 14:13.77 to win by 15 seconds over his nearest competitor … Finished second at the SoCon Championships to teammate Paul Chelimo in the 3,000-meter race with a personal-record time of 8:10.75 …Set the UNCG indoor record in the 5,000-meter race at the Flotrack Husky Classic (Feb. 8) with a personal-best time of 14:04.03… Member of the Distance Medley Relay Team that placed third at the Hilton Garden Invitational (Feb. 1-2) with a time of 10:36.52 … Named the SoCon Athlete of the Week after the Flotrack Husky Classic (Feb. 13) and was the SoCon Athlete of the Month of January … Named the BCBSNC Blue Chip Performer of the Week Jan. 21 after winning the mile at Wake Forest. 

2012 Cross Country
Finished second overall at the Southern Conference Championships (Oct. 27) with time of 23:57.50 in the 8,000-meter race … Qualified for the National Championships by finishing fifth overall at the NCAA Southeast Regional (Nov. 9) …Posted a personal-best time of 29:43.62 to qualify for his first ever national championship race, surpassing his previous best in the 10,000-meter race by 1:13 … Finished 77thoverall at the NCAA Championships in Louisville (Nov. 17) with a time of 30:33.30 in the 10,000-meter race … Named the SoCon Runner of the Week (Oct. 17) after running a personal-best time of 23:49.9 at the prestigious Pre-Nationals (Oc. 13) to finish 24th overall … Placed seventh at the Greater Louisville Classic (Sept. 29) with a time of 24:00.90 in the 8,000-meter course.

2012 Outdoor
Won the 10,000m at the Southern Conference Championshipsin Cullowhee, N.C., (Apr 21) … set a personal record in the 5,000m at the Virginia Challenge, running a time of 14:04.56 to finish second overall (May 12) … won the 10,000m at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., with a time of 30:05.74 (May 24) … named second-team All-America after placing ninth overall in the 10,000m at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a personal best and school record setting time of 29:10.65 (June 6)… earned SoCon Academic All-Conference honors ... SoCon Academic Honor Roll.

2011-12 Indoor
Began the season by setting a new personal best for the mile run with a time of 4:18.83 at the Dick Taylor Invite en route to a second place finish (Jan 14) … ran a personal best time of 14:19.86 for 5,000m at the Meyo Invitational to finish third overall (Feb 3) … recorded a personal record in the 3,000m at the Spire Invitational, crossing the line in a time of 8:11.73 to finish in 13th place (Feb 11) … ran the 1,200m leg of the first place DMR team at the Southern Conference Championships (Feb 21).

2011 Cross Country
Opened season with a second-place overall finish at the Elon Invite in a time of 24:09 (Sept 17) … set a personal best in the 8,000 meters at the Southern Conference Cross Country Championships with a fourth-place finish in 23:59 (Oct 29)… named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and All-SoCon First Team … Katam set a 10,000 meter personal best at the NCAA Southeast Regional, finishing 15th in a time of 30:29, earning All-Region honors (Nov 12).

2011 Outdoor
Advanced to the NCAA East Regional in the 10,000 meters… finished in 13th place, one position from advancing to the National Championship, after running at 29:28.57… his time broke his own school record he set earlier in the year by 27 seconds … broke the previous school record in the10,000 meters at the Penn Relays by 38 seconds with a time of 29:55.65 … ran a team-best time of 3:51.22 in the 1,500-meters at the Virginia Tech Twilight … set a new school record in the 5,000 meters after finishing runner-up at the Duke Invitational, running an 8:20.76 … had the top time in the 5,000 meters on the team with a 14:32.84 that he ran at the Raleigh Relays.

2010-11 Indoor
Finished in fourth place at the Niswonger Invitational in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:57.40 … that time was the second-fastest in school history in the 5,000 meters …finished in ninth place in the 5,000 meters at the SoCon Championship with a time of 15:01.73 … ran an 8:44.86 in the 3,000 meters at the Tiger Paw Invitational to finish in fifth place.

2010 Cross Country
Redshirted the season. 

High School
Attended Sacho High School in Kabarnet, Kenya.

Paul Kibiwot Katam … born April 20, 1990 in Eldoret, Kenya … son of Laban and Esther Kattam … has three siblings, Cynthia, Purity and Victor … majoring in pre-nursing at UNCG. 

Top Performances

Cross Country
8k: 23:49.90 (Pre-Nationals - 10/13/12)

10k: 29:00.90 (NCAA Regional, 11/15/13)

mile: 4:08.73 (Wake Forest Invitational,1/19/13) 
3,000m: 8:05.11 (SoCon Indoor Championships, 2/23/13)
5,000m: 14:04.03 (UW Husky Classic, 2/8/13) 

Mile: 4:11.06 (High Point VertKlasse, 3/23/13)
1,500m: 3:49.43 (Wake Forest Open, 3/15/13)
3,000m: 8:20.76
5,000m: 13:57.00 (Payton Jordan Invitational,4/28/13)
10,000m: 29:10.65

Year: Junior
Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya
High School: Sacho
Experience: 2 Letters
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