Men's Cross Country, Track & Field

Chris DeSilva
Chris DeSilva


St. Charles, Ill.

High School:
North HS

XC - Distance


I/O Eligibility:


Six Illini Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

USTFCCCA named Division I All-Academic individuals


100m Squad Advances to Quarterfinals at NCAA West Prelims

Senior Andrew Riley sets second-fastest 100m time in school history


Azie, Engnell, Riley Earn Trip to Nationals in Des Moines

Senior Andrew Riley sets school record in 100m


Illini Boast 18 Qualifiers to NCAA West Preliminary Round

Riley records the fastest seed time in the 110m hurdles


Hammon Sets New School Record in Decathlon on Day 2

Orange and Blue qualify nine for finals on Sunday


Cross Country
2011 XC - SENIOR
Led the Orange and Blue placing first overall with a 6K time of 18:50 at the Illini Challenge ... Placed fifth for the Illini and 205th overall at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational with an 8K time of 25:37.

2010 XC - JUNIOR
Ran his first 10K at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, placing 52nd overall with a time of 31:18... Took the Illini Open individual title with an 8K time of 25:10... Competed at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, finishing 104th overall in 25:11... Ran at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships, placing 12th overall.

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 ... Made his season debut at the Wisconsin Inter-Regional, placing fifth for Illinois with an 8K time of 25:07 ... Academic All-Big Ten.

Competed in four meets and finished in the top six or better 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.


2012 Track and Field
Outdoor:Competed in the 3,000m Steeplechase in the NCAA West Prelims ... Set a season-best mark in the steeplechase with a time of 9:01.75 ... Placed fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Drake Relays ... Ran a personal-best in the 800m at John McDonnell Invite (1:55.79) ... Placed in the top-10 in the 1,500m at the Tom Botts Invitational with a season-best time of 3:56.02 ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Ran the 3,000m Steeplechase in the NCAA West Prelims, clocking in his personal-best ... Participated in the 800m, 1,500m, and 3,000m Steeplechase ... Placed first in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the LSU Invitational with 8:57.51 ... Ran his personal-best in the 1,500m at Musco Twilight (3:55.47) ... Placed second at SEC/Big Ten Challenge in the 3,000m Steeplechase ... Ran in the 4x1,600m relay team, helping them finish fifth at Drake Relays ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Won the 3,000m steeplechase at the Illinois Twilight with a personal-best time of 9:12.77 ... Ran the 2,000m steeplechase at the Iowa Invitational and placed second with a time of 5:58.64 ... Academic All-Big Ten.

Indoor: Competed in the mile at the Illinois Intercollegiate and timed 4:24.17.

2009 Track & Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 3,000m steeplechase at three meets, finishing second at the Big Blue Classic and the Spec Towns Invitational ... Ran outdoor season-best 9:16.12 in the steeple at the Stan Lyons Invitational ... Also competed in the 1,500m, recording outdoor personal-best 3:57.82 at the Illinois Invitational.

Indoor: Competed in the mile run at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational, posting an indoor personal-best 4:20.12, en route to a fourth place finish.

High School
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, was on cross country and track and field teams at Purdue ... Majoring in general engineering.

DeSilva's Personal Bests

Cross Country
6K: 18:50 - Illini Challenge (9/2/11)
8K: 24:53 - Pre-National Invitational (10/17/09)
10K: 31:18 - NCAA Midwest Regional Championships (11/13/10)

800m: 1:55.79- John McDonnell Invitational (4/20/12)
1,500m: 3:55.47 - Musco Twilight (4/23/11)
3,000m Steeplechase: 8:56.87 - NCAA West Prelims (5/27/11)

Mile: 4:18.50 - Illini Open (1/15/11)
3,000: 8:24.39 - Tyson Invitational (2/12/11)

Updated June 2012