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Kisorio, Legesse, Jackson earn All-America honors

Friday, June 18, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Gower
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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 tremendous effort.” "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 half rest.” "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 both.” 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 All-America award. Joseph Zarazua took a 16th place finish in the men’s marathon, held on Saturday morning, with a 2:43:59 performance. -OC-

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