Men's Cross Country

Michael Kelley
Michael Kelley


Rockford, Ill.

High School:


Competed in all six events on the Illinois schedule... Started off the season with a fourth place overall finish at the Illini Challenge...Ran an 8K time of 25:05at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships, crossing the finish line 10th overall...Was the sixth Illini finisher at the Notre Dame Invitational with a time of 25:28...Came in fourth for the Illini at Pre-Nationals with his personal best 8K time of 24:52...Helped the team to a sixth place finish at the Big Ten Championships running a time of 25:05...Came in third for the Illini and 38th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a personal best 10K time of 31:19.

Saw action in six meets for the Illini ... Finished seventh for the Orange and Blue to begin the season at the Illini Open... Helped lead Illinois to another Pack-It-Up Challenge title, finishing fourth overall...Placed third for the team and 10th overall at the Saluki Invitational with a time of 25:27... Finished third for the Illini at Big Ten Championships...Ran a personal best 10k time of 32:00.69 to finish fourth for Illinois and 34th overall at NCAA regionals.

Placed seventh for the Illini at the opening Hawkeye Invitational with a time of 19:15 ... Clocked 25:24 as Illinois' second runner at the Loyola Lakefront Challenge with a personal best 8K ... Ran the Big Ten Championships in 26:48 ... Finished the season as Illinois' sixth runner at the NCAA Regional meet with a time of 33:08.

Ran a season-best 20:09 and finished eighth at season-opening Redbird Challenge ... Posted a time of 25:59 at the Big Ten Championships.

Cross country state runner-up in 2002 ... State champion in the 1600m run in 2003 ... Named All-State four years ... Contributed to state champion cross country team in 2002 ... Won four letters in cross country and track, and two in basketball while attending Winnebago High. High school coaches were Roger Frederickson and Joe Erb.

Full given name is Michael Lynch Kelley ... Son of Ken and Christine Kelley ... Born July 15, 1984, in Cataldo, ID ... Brother, Brian, runs cross country and track for Wisconsin-Oshkosh ... Favorite athlete is Muhammad Ali because he was a winner and was entertaining ... Graduated eighth in his high school class and held a perfect 4.0 GPA his last five semesters ... Growing up, had Kiwane Garris as an Illini hero.

8000m: 25:24