Sam Chelanga

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Samuel Chelanga
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1985-02-25) February 25, 1985 (age 32)
Baringo, Kenya
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Sport
Sport Track, Track and field, long-distance running
Event(s) 5000 metres, 10,000 meters
College team Liberty University
Club Nike
Turned pro 2011
Now coaching Scott Simmons
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

[1]

Half Marathon 1:01:19 (2010)
10,000 meters 27:08.39 (2012)
5000 metres 13:04.35 (2014)

Samuel Chelanga (born February 25, 1985 in Baringo County) is a Kenyan born American track and field athlete who competed for Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia from 2008 to 2011. He holds the NCAA record for the 10,000 meters run with a time of 27:08.49.[2] His brother, Joshua Chelanga, is a professional marathon runner.

Running career[edit]

Collegiate[edit]

Originally hailing from Nairobi, he moved to the United States on a sports scholarship. He attended Liberty University, with whom he won the 2009 NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana and set a course record in 28:41.3.[3] He won a third consecutive title at the Big South Conference cross country championships in October, leading the race by a margin of over half a minute.[4] He defended his title by winning the NCAA cross country championship in 2010, becoming only the 11th man in NCAA history to win at least two such titles.[5] He ended his time at Liberty University with fourteen All-American distance honours.[6]

Year Meet Venue Time Place
2011 NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships Drake Stadium - Des Moines, IA 13:29.30 1st
2011 NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships Drake Stadium - Des Moines, IA 28:12.18 2nd
2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium - College Station 13:27.34 2nd
2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium - College Station 8:11.15 15th
2011 Big South Conference Indoor Championships Clemson-Indoor Track Facility - Clemson, SC 4:16.88 1st
2010 NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships Drake Stadium - Des Moines, IA 13:45.35 2nd
2010 NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships Drake Stadium - Des Moines, IA 28:37.40 1st
2010 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships Arkansas-Randall Tyson Track - Fayetteville, AR 13:37.01 2nd
2010 Big South Conference Indoor Championships Clemson-Indoor Track Facility - Clemson, SC 4:13.75 1st
2010 Big South Conference Indoor Championships Clemson-Indoor Track Facility - Clemson, SC 8:14.07 1st
2009 Big South Conference Outdoor Championships Radford Patrick D. Cupp Track - Radford, VA 14:01.89 1st
2009 Big South Conference Outdoor Championships Radford Patrick D. Cupp Track - Radford, VA 3:49.69 1st

[7]

Professional[edit]

Chelanga signed a contract with Nike and made his professional race debut at the B.A.A. 10K in Boston in June 2011 under Jerry Schumacker and managed to take fourth place.[8]

In November 2013, he won the 77th Manchester Road Race (4.748 miles), an annual race held on Thanksgiving Day in Manchester, Connecticut, in a time of 21 minutes, 31 seconds.[9] Sam ran a 13:04.35 at Boston University's BU Multi-Team Meet, coming in second. He came in second behind his old college rival Galen Rupp who won in 13:01.26 – a new American indoor 5k record.

From 2013 - January 2015, Sam trained with Dartmouth College alumnus Ben True in Hanover, New Hampshire.
In January 2015, Sam joined coach James Li in Tucson, Arizona.[10][11][12]

At the 2016 US Olympic Trials, Chelanga finished the 10,000 meters in sixth place, a minute behind winner Galen Rupp. But he was the third fastest in the race to hold a sub-28:00.00 qualifying time.

2014 Annual Bests[edit]

Event Result Venue Date
Mile 4:02.90 Falmouth (USA) 16.08.2014
3000m ind. 7:45.21 Boston (USA) 08.02.2014
5000m 13:16.24 Berlin (GER) 31.08.2014
5000m ind. 13:04.35 Boston (USA) 16.01.2014
10,000m 27:59.74 Eugene (USA) 30.05.2014
8 km Road 22:45 Kingsport (USA) 12.07.2014
10 km Road 28:11 Boston (USA) 22.06.2014
Half Marathon 1:02:59 Philadelphia (USA) 20.09.2014

Seasonal best[edit]

2016 27:54.57 Palo Alto, CA 1 May

2014 27:59.74 Eugene, OR 30 MAY

2013 27:46.06 Melbourne (Albert Park) 12 DEC

2012 27:29.82 Palo Alto, CA 29 APR

2011 28:12.18 Des Moines, IA 10 JUN

2010 27:08.39 Palo Alto, CA 01 MAY

2009 27:28.48 Berkeley, CA 24 APR

2008 28:15.99 Palo Alto, CA 04 MAY

2015[edit]

Carlsbad 5000 Results:
1. @LawiLalang1 13:32
2. Wilson Too 13:35
3. @Lagat1500 13:40
4. @SamChelanga 13:50

Wharf to Wharf Santa Cruz to Capitola 6 mile results:
1. Sam Chelanga 27:24.48[13][14][15]
2. Shadrack Kosgei 27:27
3. John Muritu Watiku 27:28

43rd New Balance Falmouth Road Race
August 16
Sam finished 4th place 32:21 only 4 seconds behind the winner Stephen Sambu.[16]

USA 5 km Championships CVS/pharmacy Downtown 5k Providence, Rhode Island[17]
September 20,
1. David Torrence 13:56.0
2. Dan Huling 13:59.0
3. Dathan Ritzenhein 14:03.0
4. Sam Chelanga 14:07.0

USA 10 mile championship on October 4
1. Sam Chelanga 46:47
2. Tyler Pennel
3. Dathan Ritzenhein

2016[edit]

Sam placed third in 2016 New York Half Marathon in 1:01:43 on 20.03.2016.[18]

Sam placed first in Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington DC. Sam ran 10 Miles Road in 48:26 on 03.04.2016.[19] The first 🇺🇸a male win at @CUCB since Greg Meyer in 1983![20]

Sam Chelanga placed fifth in 2016 Payton Jordan Invitational 10,000m in 27:54.57 at Stanford University on 01.05.2016.[21]

Chelanga qualified for the 2016 US Olympic Trials (track and field) at 2016 Hoka One One Mid Distance Classic May 20 hosted by Occidental College by running 5000 metres in 13:27.53.[22]

Chelanga placed sixth in the 10,000 m in 28:56.12 and 22nd in 5000 meters in 13:59.52 at 2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field).[23]

Chelanga placed second in 59:16 at USATF 20 km Championships at Faxon Law New Haven Road Race.[24][25]

2017[edit]

Chelanga placed first at NACAC Cross Country Championships after he took home fourth place in 30:22.2 at 10 km at 2017 USATF cross country championships.[26][27][28]

In May Chelanga served as a pacer for Nike's Breaking2 attempt at achieving a sub-2-hour marathon time.

Personal bests[edit]

  • Updated May 17, 2014.[29]
Surface Event Time Date Place
Outdoor track 5000 m 13:09.67 June 2, 2012 Eugene, OR
10,000 m 27:08.49 May 1, 2010 Palo Alto, CA
Indoor track 3000 m 7:45.21 February 8, 2014 Boston (Roxbury), MA
5000 m 13:04.35 January 16, 2014 Boston (Boston Univ.), MA
Road 10 km 28:11 June 23, 2014 Boston, MA
Half marathon 1:01:19 March 18, 2012 New York City, NY

References[edit]

  1. ^ All-Athletics. "Profile of Samuel Chelanga". 
  2. ^ "Track and Field News: Record", TrackandFieldNews.com. 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
  3. ^ "Chelanga Outruns Doubts to Win NCAA Title", RunningTimes.com. 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
  4. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2010-11-01). Hasay cruises to Pac-10 title, Chelanga dominates in Blacksburg - NCAA Conference champs round-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-08.
  5. ^ Lee, Kirby (2010-11-23). Chelanga and Reid Prevail at NCAA Cross Country Championships. IAAF Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  6. ^ http://www.liberty.edu/flames/index.cfm?PID=10869&NewsID=11948&TeamID
  7. ^ Sam Chelenga Liberty University Track and Field Results
  8. ^ Chelanga Places 4th in BAA 10K. Liberty Flames (2011-06-26). Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  9. ^ [1] 2013 Manchester Road Race
  10. ^ http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/251077-News-from-the-Track-and-Field-World/article/29460-Chelanga-To-Train-With-Lagat-In-Tucson
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/SamChelanga/status/582291327120908288
  12. ^ https://twitter.com/timrileyphd/status/573303851442294785
  13. ^ http://www.register-pajaronian.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=18960&page=74
  14. ^ http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/sports/20150726/sam-chelanga-wins-wharf-to-wharf-gotcher-top-american
  15. ^ http://santacruzupdate.com/2015/07/26/sam-chelanga-wins-wharf-to-wharf-gotcher-top-american/
  16. ^ http://www.letsrun.com/news/2015/08/stephen-sambu-3217-diane-nukuri-3647-streak-to-titles-at-43rd-falmouth-road-race/
  17. ^ http://usatf-5km-championships.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=2519&year=2015&do=info
  18. ^ United Airlines NYC Half Marathon Results in New York City, NY Sunday, March 20, 2016
  19. ^ 2016 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run results
  20. ^ USATF.TV and Runnerspace media coverage of usa road race explains historical significance of american victory at 2016 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington DC
  21. ^ 2016 Payton Jordan Invitational 10,000m results
  22. ^ "usatf.org 2016 Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic". Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  23. ^ 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field Results - 6/30/2016 to 7/10/2016 Eugene, Oregon USATF. Retrieved by September 5, 2016.
  24. ^ 2016 Results - USATF 20 km Championships Published by USATF 20 km Championships - Official Website USATF. Retrieved by September 5, 2016.
  25. ^ Landry Seeks to Extend USATF Running Circuit Lead at USATF 20 km Championships 9/2/2016 NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT USATF. Retrieved by September 5, 2016.
  26. ^ USA – Korir, Tuliamuk victorious at USATF Cross Country Championships athleticsnacac.org. February 5, 2017.
  27. ^ Olympians Top Canadian Contingent At NACAC 10K Road Race Cup February 27 2017.
  28. ^ Olympians top Canadian contingent at NACAC 10K Road Race Cup runningmagazine.ca/ - February 26th, 2017 by Tim Huebsch.
  29. ^ IAAF Samuel Chelanga biography. Retrieved on 2011-06-27.

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