May 26, 2007
Sirbek, Jellema earn All-America honors
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—University of Southern Indiana freshman Tim Sirbek (Hammond, Indiana) and junior Paul Jellema (Dyer, Indiana) both earned All-America honors Saturday in the final day of the NCAA II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Sirbek, who is an All-American for the first time in his collegiate career, finished third in the final of the 3,000-meter steeplechase by posting a personal-best time of nine minutes, 1.42 seconds. Sirbek becomes the fourth USI runner to earn All-America honors in the steeplechase and the first since Elly Rono earned the honor in 1997.
Jellema—who earned his second All-America honor of the weekend and his fourth of the 2006-07 cross country/track and field season—finished fourth in the final 5,000 meters with a time of 14 minutes, 14.96 seconds. Jellema, who ran a total of 20,000 meters in three days, also earned All-America honors in the 10,000 meters on Thursday.
As a team, the Screaming Eagles finished 18th with a total of 13 points. Sirbek accounted for six of those points with his finish in the steeplechase, while Jellema tallied five points from his performance in the 5,000 meters and two points with his finish in the 10,000 meters.
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