Made his season debut at the Wisconsin Inter-Regional, placing fifth for Illinois with an 8K time of 25:07 ... Clocked a personal-best 8K time of 24:53 at Pre-Nationals, finishing second for the Illini and 78th overall ... Raced at the Big Ten Championships, placing second for the Orange and Blue and 29th overall with a time of 26:10 for the 5.2-mile race.
Competed in four meets and finished in the top six or better in each race for the Illini ... Placed seventh overall at the Illini Challenge ... Crossed the line in 11th overall at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships and finished third for the Illini running an 8K time of 25:16.
Ran anchor leg of Illinois AA state champion 4x800m relay as a senior in 2008 ... Two-time All-State honoree in cross country, taking ninth at the 2007 Illinois 3A State Cross Country Championships and 28th in 2006 ... Three-time Illinois AA State Track and Field Championships qualifier in the 1600m, taking ninth in 2007.
Full name is Christopher James DeSilva ... Born July 14, 1990 ... Parents are Marc and Janet DeSilva ... Has two brothers, Matt and Greg ... Brother Matt is on cross country and track and field teams at Purdue ... Majoring in general engineering.
DeSilva's Personal Bests
6K: 19:07 - Illini Challenge (8/29/08)
8K: 24:53 - Pre-National Invitational (10/17/09)