Men's Cross Country, Track & Field

Paul  Zeman
Paul Zeman

RS Junior

Belvidere, Ill.

High School:
Belvidere North

XC - Distance


I/O Eligibility:


Illini Collect 59 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Selections

Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom


Illini Earn 64 Spring Academic All-Big Ten Selections

Athletes from Eight Spring Sports Honored for Excellence in the Classroom


Illini Win Lee Calhoun Invitational

One Illini sets meet record; two tie


Illini Win Bill Cornell Spring Classic

The squad scored 161 team points; five titles


Illini Finish Second at Big Ten Indoor Championships

Orange and Blue finish highest since 2000 season


Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships

Photos of the Illinois men's track & field team at the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships February 27-28, 2015.


Illini Classic 1/19/13

Photos from Illini Classic at UI Armory


Cross Country
2014 XC - JUNIOR
Finished sixth for Illinois and 74th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional ... Was the fifth runner for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships, notching a personal-best time of 24:42.7 ... Finished fourth for the Orange and Blue at the Wisconsin adidas Invite in a season-best time of 25:08 ... Third for Illinois at the Roy Griak Invite, taking 47th overall in a time of 25:55 ... Earned top-five finishes at both the Portland Dual and the Illini Challenge, finishing first for the Illini in both races.

Competed at the NCAA Midwest Regional, where he finished seventh for the Illini with a 10K time of 32:31 ... Finished 53rd overall and sixth for the squad at the Big Ten Championships ... Set a personal-best 8K time of 25:06 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational ... Placed 14th overall and finished third for the Illini at the Boilermaker Invitational ... Academic All-Big Ten.

Finished 11th overall and second on the team at the Illinois Intercollegiate, setting a personal-best 8K time of 25:15 ... Scored points for the Illini in three of the four meets this season.

Ran unattached in all three races ... Placed fifth overall with a 6K time of 19:02 at the Illini Challenge ... Placed seventh overall with an 8K time of 25:55 at the Illini Open ... Finished 61st overall with a 8K time of 26:17 at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invite.


2014 Track and Field
Outdoor: Placed third in the 5,000m at the Illinois Twilight ... Clocked a personal-best 5,000m time of 14:53.97 at the Drake Relays ... Academic All-Big Ten.

Indoor: Recorded two top-10 finishes in the 5,000m, including a fourth-place finish at the Rod McCravy Memorial ... Placed second in the 3,000m at the Orange & Blue Open.

2013 Track and Field
Outdoor: Finished second in the 3,000m at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invite with a time of 8:33.39... Ran the 1,500m at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic with a time of 3:56.33.

Indoor: Was part of the Big Ten Championship squad, running in the 5,000m ... Finished with a lifetime best mile time of 4:15.61 at the Illini Classic ... Ran a career best 5,000m time of 14:32.19 at the Spire Invite.

2012 Track and Field
Indoor/Outdoor: Redshirt season.

High School
Ran anchor leg of IHSA state champion 4X800 relay as a senior ... Was state champion in the 1600m in 2011 ... Was a part of two cross country state championships (2009, 2010) ... Three-time cross country, one-time track MVP at Belvidere North High School.

Son of RaNae and David Zeman... Born October 26, 1992... Has one sister, Klea ... Hobbies include playing basketball ... Majoring in Sports Management.

Zeman's Personal Bests
Cross Country
6K: 18:43 - Illini Challenge (8/29/14)
8K: 24:42.7 - Big Ten Championships (11/2/14)
10K: 31:17.5 - NCAA Midwest Regional (11/14/14)
5 Miles: 25:26 - Notre Dame Invitational (9/28/12)
4 Miles: 19:54.24 - Portland Dual (9/6/14)

1,500m: 3:56.33 - Bill Cornell Spring Classic (3/30/13)
3,000m: 8:33/39 - Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational (4/13/13)
5,000m: 14:53.97 - Drake Relays (4/24/14)

Mile: 4:13.37 - Illini Classic (1/18/14)
3,000m: 8:30.64 - Orange & Blue Open (2/22/14)
5,000m: 14:30.60 - Rod McCravy Memorial (1/24/14)

Updated December 2014