NEW ORLEANS – Oregon freshman distance runner Edward Cheserek was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Men’s Athlete of the Week, Monday, after helping Oregon to wins of the distance medley and 4xMile relays at the Penn Relays.

The frosh took off from the lead pack with 300 meters to go for 3:57.98 on his anchor 1600-meter leg to bring Oregon a three-second DMR win, Friday.

He one-upped himself 24 hours later as he ran 3:56.4 with a blistering final 600-meter kick on the second leg of Oregon’s 4xMile relay to blow that race wide open and propel Oregon to a 16:09.67 – the fourth-fastest time in meet history and the best since the meet-record 16:04.54 by Michigan in 2005.

Cheserek was named the Penn Relays Men’s College Relays Athlete of the Meet for his performance, joining Matthew Centrowitz (2010) and Anne Kesselring (2012).