Chelimo Finishes Second At Pre-Nationals To Lead Team To 28th Place Finish 10-12-2012


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior Paul Chelimo (Chebiemit, Kenya/Chebiemit Boys School) finished second overall, just 13 seconds off the pace, leading the UNCG men's cross country team to a 28th place finish at the NCAA Division I Pre-Nationals seeded red race at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. The race field featured 15 teams ranked in the top 40 of the nation and was run on the same course as this year's national championship.

"This was a solid race for the men today," head coach Linh Nguyen said. "We have been dealing with injuries at the front and I think that showed today. The guys who we need to step up towards the back of our scoring made a nice step forward today. The conference race is going to be much smaller than what we've been racing, so we need to make sure we are more aggressive. Overall, I am pleased with the results today and I think we have progressed well since the Greater Louisville Classic.
Chelimo finished in a time of 23:14.0 in the 8,000-meter race, trailing UTEP's Antony Rotich who clocked a time of 23:01.0. Chelimo's time was over 14 seconds off his school-record pace set two weekends ago on the same course at the Greater Louisville Classic, when he recorded a time of 22:59.62.
Sophomore Paul Katam (Eldoret, Kenya/Sacho) set a new personal-record placing 24th overall in a time of 23:49.9, cutting almost 10 seconds off his previous mark. Junior Abraham Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya/Eldoret) finished in 174th place with a time of 25:03.3, which is his fastest top of the year. Sophomore Dylan Belles (Denver, N.C./East Lincoln) rounded out the Spartans' top four finishers, placing 241st with a time of 25:51.10. Belles cut five seconds off his personal record time set earlier in the year at the Greater Louisville Classic.
UNCG finished 28th as a team with 698 points, highlighted by two in the top 25. Colorado won the event with a score of 72 as the Buffalos had five finishers in the top 25 while BYU was second with 127 points.  
Men's Results

2. Paul Chelimo, 23:14.10; 24. Paul Katam, 23:49.9; 174. Abraham Kemboi, 25:03.3; 241. Dylan Belles, 25:51.10; 257. Tyler Alston, 26:18.4; 270. Taylor Day, 26:57.1;
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