Paul Katam Named BCBSNC Blue Chip Performer 01-20-2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men's track and field sophomore student-athlete Paul Katam (Eldoret, Kenya/Sacho) been named this week's Blue Chip Performer sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The Blue Chip Performer is chosen weekly from all sports in season and runs throughout the 2012-13 UNCG athletics campaign.

This marks the second time this year that Katam has earned Blue Chip honors as he picked up the accolades Nov. 12 for his efforts at the NCAA Cross Country Regionals. He joins women's basketball student-athlete Lucy Mason as the only multiple winners of the Blue Chip weekly award so far this season.

Katam opened the indoor track and field season Saturday by claiming the top spot in the men's one-mile run at the Wake Forest Invitational at the JDL Fast Track. He set a new personal best with a time of 4:11.90, winning by over six seconds over his nearest competitor. His time of 4:11.90 cut nearly seven seconds off his previous personal-best of 4:18.83 set last season at the Dick Taylor Invite.

Katam and the Spartans return to action this weekend as they will split into two events at the Hokie Invitational and the UW Invitational in Seattle.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of North Carolina Blue Chip Performer Weekly Winners
Sept. 4 – Hakan Ilhan, Men's Soccer
Sept. 10 – Katherine Santiago, Volleyball
Sept. 17 – Abraham Kemboi and Chelsea Sumney, Cross Country
Sept. 24 – Fanny Cnops, Women's Golf
Oct. 1 – Hakan Ilhan, Men's Soccer
Oct. 8 – Niltooli Wilkins, Women's Tennis
Oct. 15 - Jamie Simmons, Women's Soccer
Oct. 22 - Katherine Rodriguez, Women's Soccer
Oct. 29 - Paul Chelimo, Men's Cross Country 
Nov. 5 - Kelvin McNeil, Men's Basketball 
Nov. 12 - Paul Katam, Men's Cross Country
Nov. 19 – Ciara Morris, Women's Basketball
Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 3 - Trevis Simpson, Men's Basketball  
Dec. 10 - Breonna Patterson, Women's Basketball
Dec. 17 - Lucy Mason, Women's Basketball
Dec. 23 - Lucy Mason, Women's Basketball
Dec. 31 - Holiday Break
Jan. 7 - Janae' Stevenson, Women's Basketball
Jan. 14 – Derrell Armstrong, Men's Basketball
Jan. 20 - Paul Katam, Indoor Track & Field

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