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NCAA Track & Field Championships: Men of Oregon bust form charts to win second straight outdoor title

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It was expected that the men's team competition on Friday night would come down to the 5,000 meter final with Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins needing another dominant performance to help seal a national title for the Ducks.

Instead, the competition had been all but wrapped up by that point with a series of performances that busted form charts and helped propel Oregon to their second straight outdoor national championship in track & field.

With his team firmly in the lead, Edward Cheserek led the charge home to win the 5,000 meters in 13:48.67, wrapping up Oregon's second straight outdoor national championship. The Ducks finished 1-2-4 in the 5,000 with Eric Jenkins taking second in 13:48.92 and Will Geoghegan finishing fourth in 13:49.35.

Both Cheserek and Jenkins held back for much of the race, patiently waiting to make their move to the front in the late stages of the race. It looked for a moment as if there might be an Oregon sweep, but Kemoy Campbell of Arkansas was able to catch Geoghegan and finish third.

In the 1,500 final, the Ducks had a trio of runners for a solid opportunity to score. The race got off to a slow, tactical start as the leaders went through 800 meters in just 214. At the bell lap, the field finally took off sprinting for the finish as Chad Noel of Oklahoma State took the win in 3:54.96. Oregon freshman Blake Haney took third overall with a time of 3:55.12 to score six big points for the Ducks.

In the 110 meter hurdles, Jonathan Cabral turned in a fantastic performance, finishing second in 13.22 seconds behind Omar McLeod of Arkansas. Cabral and McLeod were neck and neck until the last stretch until McLeod pulled away at the end, winning the title in a blistering 13.01 seconds.

The Ducks continued to bust the form charts in the 400 final as Marcus Chambers took second with a time of 45.59 seconds, earning another eight points for Oregon.

While Oregon didn't have a team in the 4x100 final, the Ducks had to be pleased with the outcome of the race as Florida, considered to be Oregon's biggest competition, faltered in the first final of the day on the track. The Gators finished in sixth place, while Arkansas took the title with a time of 38.47 seconds.