MARION, Ind. (May 29, 2010) – Silas Kisorio added two more national
championships to his collection on the final day of competition at the
NAIA outdoor national track meet while Frezer Legesse and Brandon
Jackson claimed All-America honors as well.
Kisorio, a now 12 time All-American, claimed both the 1500-meter run
and 800-meter run events on Saturday to total six national championships
over his career. Kisorio edged out Brett Campfield of California State
San Marcos for the win in the 1500 with a 3:48.49.
"Silas showed impressive closing speed in the 1500 with a 39.8 second
final 300 meters,” said assistant coach Mark Thompson. "We felt to have
our best shot at the 1500/800 double, a sit and kick race was
necessary. [Campfield] moved really hard in the last lap and Silas’
patience paid off down the stretch.”
An hour and a half later, Kisorio came back to win the 800-meter run
in 1:49.27 to edge out Kirby Dunn of Wayland Baptist University (Texas)
for his second straight title in the event. Kisorio’s time eclipsed his
school record of 1:49.42 set last year in the same event.
"With the heat and the solid field in the 800, today was Silas’
toughest double of the year,” said Thompson. "He got stuck in a bad
position but worked hard to get out and make up lost ground. It was a
"I felt ready going into nationals,” said Kisorio. "I had a slight
injury at the start of the outdoor season but worked hard to make sure I
was ready. Going for a double was hard with the number of races and it
was hard to recover between races on Saturday with only and hour and a
"I appreciate Frezer as he has been getting stronger and been helping
me in workouts,” said Kisorio. "I appreciate my coaches for all the
work they did in getting us ready and, last but not least, I thank God
for everything I achieved this season.”
Legesse added another All-America performance to his career with a
fifth place finish in the 1500. Legesse clocked a 3:50.75 over the
distance to become a three-time All-American in track and field. Legesse
also took an eighth place finish in the 800-meter run with a 1:53.92.
"[Silas and Frezer] both ran beautifully and executed the race plan
well,” said Thompson. "On the whole the meet was a huge success for
Also claiming All-America honors for the Eagles on Saturday was
Brandon Jackson in the triple jump. Jackson leaped 48 feet, eight and
three-quarter inches to place fifth in the event and earn his first
Joseph Zarazua took a 16th place finish in the men’s marathon, held
on Saturday morning, with a 2:43:59 performance.