Update, 9:40 a.m., 6/7/13: Spartan runner Paul Katam placed second in the NCAA Outdoor Track National Championships, earning him the title of National Runner-Up and first team All-America honors. Read the full story here.

Eugene, Oregon, here they come.

Spartan runners Paul Katam and Paul Chelimo are heading to the NCAA Championships for the second straight season. The events will be held June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.

Sophomore Paul Katam won his second consecutive outdoor track and field NCAA East Preliminary Round title last week in the 10,000-meter distance as he pulled away from the field on the final lap.

The pre-nursing major now owns two of the Spartans’ four regional titles in program history.

Junior Paul Chelimo now owns the other two.

Chelimo won his second straight NCAA East Preliminary Round title in the 5,000-meter distance, winning by more than 10 seconds.

Chelimo, a public health major, finished last year as the national runner-up in the national championship race.

  • Paul Katam’s 10,000-meter race will be Thursday, June 6, 10:15 p.m. (Eastern time)
  • Paul Chelimo’s 5,000-meter race will be Saturday, June 8, 6:23 p.m.

See the races live via www.ncaa.com/liveschedule. And get updates before the races via Twitter at https://twitter.com/uncgsports and https://twitter.com/UNCGXC

Story compiled from articles by Matt McCollester. See stories at UNCG Athletics Track web page.