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.
Sophomore Edward Cheserek now has won eight NCAA championships and been a part of four NCAA indoor/outdoor team championships— Chris Hansen (@chansen_RG) June 13, 2015
85 pts by @OregonTF is 2nd best ever under current scoring system...to Oregon's 88 last year.— Jesse Squire (@tracksuperfan) June 13, 2015
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.
Daniel Winn on Blake Haney, third in the 1,500 today: "Blake, as a freshman, has blown me away. You knew he was good, but ..." #GoDucks— Rob Moseley (@GoDucksMoseley) June 13, 2015
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.
UO's Johnathan Cabral out of blocks in good shape & holds form for 2nd in 110m hurdles. 8 more points for Ducks, +9 on form chart. #ncaatf— Curtis Anderson (@CAnderson1954) June 13, 2015
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.
Oregon's Marcus Chambers second in the 400 final, 45.59. Picked for 5th. Another net gain for the Ducks.— Ken Goe (@KenGoe) June 13, 2015
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.
The 4x100m kicks off today’s running events, Arkansas taking the win and running the 7th fastest time in the world so far: 38.47 #NCAATF— TrackTown USA (@GoTrackTownUSA) June 12, 2015