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Ducks Track & Field BIO
Edward Cheserek
Player Profile:
Edward Cheserek 1440539
Position: Distance
Height: 5'6"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Newark, N.J.
High School: St. Benedict Prep
Experience: High School
10-Time NCAA Champion (7 Track, 3 Cross Country)
Three-Time Pac-12 Champion (1 Track, 2 Cross Country)
Ten-Time All-American
Two-Time Bowerman Award Finalist (2014, 2015)
USTFCCCA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year (2014)
USTFCCCA Cross Country Runner of the Year (2014)
Pac-12 Cross Country Runner of the Year (2014)
Pac-12 Cross Country Newcomer of the Year (2013)
Academic All-American, 2nd Team (2015)
2015-16: Cross Country - Began year with a win at the Bill Dellinger Invitational ... Led five Ducks across the finish line in 24:26.0 ... It was his ninth win in the last 10 races, and 10th win overall in 13 career starts... Strong first place finish at the Washington Invitational in 23:15.4... It was his tenth win in the last 11 races.
2014-15: A four-time NCAA champion and five-time all-American as a sophomore...Bowerman Award finalist for the second straight year...also a second team academic all-American. Outdoor - Was the NCAA champion at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters and the Pac-12 winner at 5,000...won the 5,000 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational (14:00.72)...helped Ducks win the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays in 9:33.86, as well as a runner-up showing in the 4xMile relay (16:18.93)...won the 3,000 meters at the Oregon Twilight (7:57.97)...claimed his first Pac-12 track title with a win at 5,000 meters in 13:45.25…wrapped up season with a pair of impressive wins at the NCAA Championships...first, took the 10,000-meter title in 28:58.92 and followed that with the 5,000-meter crown in 13:48.67 to help wrap up the Ducks' team title...Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention. Indoor - Set the school record in the indoor mile at the Millrose Games, where he was eighth in the NCAA Championships, anchored Oregon's distance medley relay victory in 9:30.53...came back the next day to win the mile in 3:57.94, before finishing second in the 3,000 meters (7:59.42)…helped the distance medley relay team win the MPSF title in a season-best 9:27.01…competed in four meets and was a two-time NCAA champion and a runner-up at 3,000 meters...opened indoor season at the McCravy Memorial, where he won the 3,000 meters (7:49.56) and helped the distance medley relay team win in 9:32.61...Cross Country –  NCAA individual champion, winning well clear of the field in 30:19.4 (10,000 meters)...became just the Oregon runner to repeat as NCAA champion, joining the legendary Steve Prefontaine (1970-71, 73)...named the USTFCCCA National Runner of the Year, in addition to earning All-America honors...finished second at the NCAA West Regional in 29:35.0 (10,000), the only time in 2014 that he did not win...Pac-12 Athlete of the Year...repeated as Pac-12 individual champion by winning in 23:23 (8,000 meters)...surged to the lead with 3,000 meters to go and was never challenged...became just the third Duck to win back-to-back league titles, joining Steve Prefontaine (1970-71) and Jim Hill (1982-83)...named the USTFCCCA Athlete of the Week for his efforts...won the Pre-Nationals Invitational for the first time in his career...crossed the line in 24:04.5 to edge Colorado's Blake Theroux, who was second in 24:06.1...opened season by winning the Bill Dellinger in 24:24 (8,000 meters) for his fourth consecutive cross country win dating back to the 2013 season...kept his winning streak intact at the Battle for Beantown as he took medalist honors in 24:20 (8,000 meters)…led a 1-2-5-6 finish as the Ducks took the team title in Boston...Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention. Season Bests: Outdoors - 3,000 Meters - 7:57.97, Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/8/15); 5,000 Meters – 13:45.25, Pac-12 Championships, Los Angeles, Calif. (5/17/15); 10,000 Meters – 28:58.92, NCAA Championships, Eugene, Ore. (6/10/15). Indoors – Mile - 3:56.43 (PR), Millrose Games, New York, N.Y. (3:56.43); 3,000 Meters – 7:49.56, McCravy Memorial, Lexington, Ky. (1/24/15).
2013-14: Outdoor – Was an NCAA Champion in the 10,000 meters with a time of 28:30.18, which is good for sixth in school history and a personal record…Ran the eighth fastest time in NCAA history with a mark of 13:18.71 in a runner-up finish in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Championships...A Bowerman Award finalist…Was the Pac-12 runner-up at 1,500 meters in a personal best 3:36.50 to help the Ducks win their eighth-straight league crown…time is the ninth-fastest in NCAA History…Earned USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors on April 28…Also a two-time athlete of the week…Finished first in the 5,000 meters at the Oregon Relays (13:46.77)…Member of the 4xmile team that ran the sixth fastest time in NCAA history at the Penn Relays with a time of 16:09.67…Also a member of the team that took first at the Penn Relays with the seventh-best time in NCAA history in the distance medley relay (9:25.40)...Cheserek was named the Penn Relays Men’s Runner of the Meet…Indoors – Was an NCAA Champion in the 3k (8:11.59) and 5k (13:46.67)…Named the USTFCCCA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year…Won every race during the indoor season, including the distance medley relay (9:28.91) at the UW Invitational, the 5,000 meters at the Husky Classic (13:40.51) and the 3,000 meters at the MPSF Championships (7:47.20)…His 3K time at the MPSF Championships was the second fastest time in school history…Cross Country - Became the first freshman ever in Oregon cross country history to win the NCAA Cross Country Championships with a time of 29:41.1...Named the USTFCCCA Athlete of the year as a well as the Division I West Region Athlete of the Year and the Pac-12 Athlete of the Year and Newcomer of the Year after an historic freshman season...Also earned All-America and first-team All-Pac-12 honors in the process…Kicked off his collegiate career at Oregon with a first-place finish with a 24:11 8,000 meter time in Boston, Mass., at the Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown and guided the Ducks to a their first win of the season…Followed up with a second-place finish at the Eighth Annual Bill Dellinger Invitational clocking in at 24 minutes flat as the men of Oregon won their second-straight meet…Claimed his third-straight top-five finish with a 23:32.95 time (8,000 meters) for fourth-place and guided UO to a second-place finish at the NCAA Pre-National race in Terra Haute, Ind…Became the first freshman in Oregon history to win the Pac-12 Cross Country Championship title crossing the finish line at 24:36 at the Pac-12 Conference Championships in Louisville, Colo…Became the first Duck since Galen Rupp (2007 & ’09) to claim the NCAA West Regional title with a time of 29:35 on the 10,000-meter course at Haggin Oaks Golf Course…Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 3:36.50 (PR), Pac-12 Championships, Pullman, Wash. (5/18/14); 5,000 Meters – 13:18.71, NCAA Championships, Eugene, Ore. (6/12/14); 10,000 Meters – 28:30.18, NCAA Championships, Eugene, Ore. (6/11/14). Indoors – 3,000 Meters – 7:47.20, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/14); 5,000 Meters – 13:40.51, UW Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/14/14).
Prep: Broke the 49 year-old boys’ national indoor high school two-mile record at the 2013 Millrose Games in New York City…Finished in 8:39.15 to take down the 8:40 run by Gerry Lindgren of Rogers High in Spokane, Wash., in 1964…Was the 2013 Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year and didn’t lose a prep cross country race since 2010, when he finished second as a freshman at the Nike National Championships…Included in his winning streak were two Footlocker national cross country titles, as he become just the fourth boy to win twice…Impressively, he broke cross country course records in 12 of his 21 career high school starts…Outdoors on the track in 2013, won the Essex County championship in the 800 (1:50.84) and then turned around and won the state title at 3,200 meters (9:08.63)…Was an eight-time high school national champion for St. Benedict’s Prep…In addition to breaking the national indoor two-mile mark, which ranks fourth in all conditions, also holds the national indoor record in the 5,000 meters, 13:57.04, a time that is No. 7 in all conditions…Is also ranked second in the indoor mile (4:02.21), fifth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:00.11) and eighth in the 10,000 meters (29:42.31)…High School Bests: 800 Meters - 1:49.98, 2012; 1,500 Meters - 3:55.53, 2013; 1,600 Meters - 4:09.90, 2012; Mile - 4:02.21i, 2013; 3,000 Meters - 8:05.46i, 2013; Two-Mile - 8:39.15i, 2013; 5,000 Meters - 13:57.04i (2012); 10,000 Meters - 29:42.31 (2012); 3,000 Meter Steeplechase - 9:00.11, 2012.
Personal: Major is general social sciences.
Personal Bests

1,500 Meters - 3:36.50,
Pac-12 Championships,
Pullman, Wash., 5/18/14

5,000 Meters - 13:18.71,
NCAA Championships,
Eugene, Ore., 6/12/14

10,000 Meters - 28:30.18,
NCAA Championships,
Eugene, Ore., 6/11/14

Mile - 3:56.43 (i),
Millrose Games,
New York, N.Y., 2/14/15

3,000 Meters - 7:47.20 (i),
MPSF Championships,
Seattle, Wash., 3/1/14
NCAA Outdoor Championships
2015 - 5,000 Meters, 1st, 13:48.67
2015 - 10,000 Meters, 1st, 28:58.92
2014 – 10,000 Meters, 1st, 28:30.18
2014 – 5,000 Meters, 2nd, 13:18.71
NCAA Indoor Championships
2015 - Mile, 1st, 3:57.94
2015 - Distance Medley Relay, 1st 9:30.53
2015 - 3,000 Meters, 2nd, 7:59.42
2014 – 3,000 Meters, 1st, 8:11.59
2014 – 5,000 Meters, 1st, 13:46.67
NCAA Cross Country Championships
2014 - 1st, 30:19.4
2013 - 1st, 29:41.1
NCAA Cross Country West Regional
2014 - 2nd, 29:35.0
2013 - 1st, 29:35
Pac-12 Track Championships
2015 - 5,000 Meters, 1st, 13:45.25
2014 – 1,500 Meters, 2nd, 3:36.50
Pac-12 Cross Country Championships
2014 - 1st, 23:23
2013 - 1st, 24:36 
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