They call him King Cheserek for a reason, and on Wednesday at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field, Edward Cheserek showed why.
Cheserek along with teammate Eric Jenkins, finished 1-2 in the 10,000 meters, providing Oregon with valuable points towards their quest for a national title.
For much of the race, the two Oregon runners sat back and let the others dictate the pace. With a few laps to go, Jenkins surged to the lead before Cheserek out-kicked his teammate for the win in the final 100 meters, crossing the line in 28:58.92. Jenkins finished right behind in 28:59.13.
Cheserek and Jenkins will have Thursday off before coming back on Friday for the 5,000 meters.
Over in the javelin competition, Sam Crouser's third throw of 256 feet, 4 inches put him in the lead. Crouser then clinched the victory with a throw of 259 feet, 9 inches on his fifth throw, clinching his second straight national title in the javelin.
In the hammer throw, Greg Skipper took third to get the Ducks on the board. Between Skipper, Cheserek, Jenkins and Crouser, the Ducks earned 34 points to finish the day in the lead. Florida sits in second with 16 points while USC rounds out the top three teams currently with 15 points.
Tomorrow, the women will take to the track starting with the 4x100 relay at 4:00 p.m. PT and wrapping up with the 4x400 relay, scheduled for 7:18 p.m. PT. The only women's final of the day is the 10,000 meters, scheduled for 6:38 p.m. PT. You can view the full schedule of events and start lists here.