Oregon’s Edward Cheserek after crossing the finish line during the men’s distance medley championship at the Penn Relays last year.PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS
By MATTHEW FUTTERMAN
American distance runners have spent much of the past two decades losing to Kenyans and Ethiopians. Now the U.S. just might be on the verge of fixing that problem—if a fast Kenyan named Edward Cheserek becomes an American.
A sophomore at Oregon, the 5-foot-6 Cheserek is well on his way to becoming one of the best college distance runners ever, a combination of talent, confidence, dedication, patience and humility whose potential looks limitless.
Just 21 years old, Cheserek will defend his national indoor title in the 3,000-meter race at the NCAA championships this weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., where he will also be a favorite in the mile. He won the indoor 5,000 last year, but is passing on that race this time around to focus on gaining speed.READ MORE