NEW ORLEANS - Oregon track and field freshman Edward Cheserek was named one of three finalists for The Bowerman Trophy - collegiate track and field’s highest individual honor – Wednesday. Cheserek joins Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Deon Lendore of Texas A&M.
Cheserek made a significant splash on the collegiate scene in his freshman year, sweeping the indoor 3,000 and 5,000 meters national titles and adding a 10,000 meters national title outdoors while taking second in the 5,000 outdoors during the NCAA Championships’ all-time fastest race.
He finished the year No. 8 all-time among collegians outdoors at 5000 meters in 13:18.71, and No. 9 all-time at 1,500 meters with a time of 3:36.50 at the Pac-12 Championships. He also ran key legs of the Ducks' winning DMR and 4xMile relay teams at the Penn Relays.
The freshman has already established himself as one of Oregon’s all-time greats, ranking second in school history in the 5,000, fourth in the 1,500 and sixth in the 10,000.
Since the award was created in 2009, Oregon has had four finalists and two winners, as Galen Rupp took the inaugural trophy in 2009 and was followed by 2010 winner Ashton Eaton.
Voting to determine both the men's trophy and women's trophy – the finalists for which will be announced Thursday at 2 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT in a web-streamed selection show – will commence July 28 and conclude August 12.
Fans will have an opportunity during that time to make their voices heard in a fan vote that will ultimately count as one ballot alongside those cast by media members, statisticians, USTFCCCA member coaches and other experts from around the nation.