They call him King Cheserek for a reason. After struggling during the outdoor season this year, Oregon junior Edward Cheserek swept the 5,000 and 10,000 at the NCAA Championships this weekend at Hayward Field in Eugene. The wins brought Cheserek's total to 15 individual championships, which tied an NCAA record.
Cheserek began his return to dominance by winning the 10,000 on Wednesday night in 29:09.57 in front of over 9,000 fans at Hayward Field. In typical Cheserek fashion, he hung with the field until the final lap when he delivered his blistering kick.
Then, on Friday, Cheserek followed up that performance with his record-tying win in the 5,000. Villanova's Patrick Tiernan pushed the pace, but Cheserek was able to hang with him to win in 13:25.59, which was his fastest 5K time in two years. Cheserek saved his best effort for his last of the season.
For comparison, the legendary Steve Prefontaine won seven NCAA titles at his time in Oregon while Olympan Galen Rupp won five titles.
Greatest Oregon runner in history? I'll let you be the judge of that.