April 19, 2014
The men’s 5000m “race” between NCAA phenom Edward Cheserek or Oregon, Worlds finalist Cam Levins of Canada, Eric Jenkins making his Oregon Duck debut, Luke Puskedra and Matt Centrowitz was a huge letdown. First, Centrowitz was only the rabbit for 3200m after winning the 1500m earlier (results of that below).
At the bell Cheserek and Jenkins led with Levins on their heels with Japan’s Suguru Osako (coached by Alberto Salazar) on Levins’ heels, with a slight gap to Puskedra.
On the backstretch, Cheserek and Jenkins looked great and got clear of everyone else. Going around the final turn they looked super smooth. Cheserek looked around coming off the turn and it was clear they weren’t going to race each other in.
Cheserek got the “win” in 13:46.77 as Jenkins was right with him in 13:46.80. 62.3 for their final lap.
Levins was 3rd in 13:49.40 ahead of Osako in 13:49.49. In retrospect, Levins and Osako likely were just getting in a workout as well.
Not 100% positive of that yet, but this was a waste of time for fans who watched it expecting a race.
The splits were very even on this one 5:32.9 at 2k, and 11:04 at 4k.
Finals 1 Cheserek, Edward FR Oregon 13:46.77 2 Jenkins, Eric JR Oregon 13:46.80 3 Levins, Cam NIKE Oregon Project 13:49.40 4 Osako, Suguru Nissin Foods 13:49.49 5 Puskedra, Luke NIKE Oregon Project 13:55.11 6 Quigley, Daniel Oregon Track Club 13:58.15 7 Melancon, Matthew SO Oregon 14:14.57 8 Burnett, Chris JR Wichita State 14:26.54 9 Campbell, Casey JR Oregon 14:26.54 10 Yarnell, AJ Unattached 14:27.59 11 Coughlin, Jamie Unattached 14:41.14 12 Johnson, Brady FR Wichita State 14:43.98 13 Goodwin, Sumner Unattached 14:47.66 -- Winn, Daniel JR Oregon DNF -- Centrowitz, Matthew NIKE Oregon Project DNF
Men’s 1500: Centro Wins First Race of Year
Matt Centrowitz made his much anticipated 2014 debut in the 1500m and got the win over Eric Avila who Ken Goe of the Oregonian says leads the NAIA ranks for 5000m. Goe should have more on the meet here.
Event 14 Men 1500 Meter Run =============================================================== Meet Record: * 3:37.83 2010 Andrew Wheating, Oregon UO Record: R 3:34.46 2011 Matthew Centrowitz, Oregon Name Year School Finals =============================================================== Finals 1 Centrowitz, Matthew NIKE Oregon Project 3:41.85 2 Avila, Eric SR Southern Oregon 3:42.18 3 Miner, Matt Unattached 3:43.46 4 Winn, Daniel JR Oregon 3:44.51 5 Prakel, Sam FR Oregon 3:44.67 6 Mathabane, Nathan SR Oregon 3:46.71 7 Whitley, Bradley SR Washington 3:47.07 8 Johnson, Brett SR Oregon 3:52.06 9 Welling, Jordan Bowerman AC 4:00.24 10 Woticha, Anteneh FR Clark College 4:00.78 -- Schilit, Jordan Oregon Track Club DNF -- Benson, Doug Team Run Eugene DNF
Alexa Efraimson Wins HS 800 in 2:09
HS phenom Alexa Efraimson won the 800 in 2:09.36, breaking her old meet record of 2:09.63. She was disappointed with her time and wanted to go out in 60, but went out in 63. Ken Goe has the story.