NEWSPAPER SPOTLIGHT ON TRINITY RUNNER
Andy Jellema ’09 from Lansing, Illinois, and his two brothers were born with running shoes on. They are so good at beating the paths that The Times of Northwest Indiana featured them on the front page of its sports section on January 12. The Times serves 90,000 readers in northwest Indiana and Southeast Cook County in Illinois.
“It was great that we were in the newspaper,” said Andy Jellema. “We were all born three years apart. My little brother Phillip has always been in the shadow of us older brothers, so attention on him is cool.”
The article tells of Phillip’s struggle to keep up with his brothers. In fact, the newspaper quoted the Illiana Christian High School junior as saying older siblings Andy and Paul were “kind of a pain.” Andy does not disagree.
“Well yeah, we give him a hard time sometimes. Part of it is just for fun. Part of it is to motivate him to try harder.”
Oldest brother Paul was a two-time Illinois state cross country champ at Illiana Christian. Stress fractures ruled out competitive running at the college level. Andy has represented Trinity well, finishing 12th at the National Christian College Athletic Association cross country nationals. He also finished 107th in the NAIA championships.
“My goal this year is to run under four minutes in the 1500 meter. I ran 4:03 three times last year. I also hope to get the cross country team to the nationals.”
For additional stories about Andy Jellema, please visit our story in the Athletics Track and Field section.
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