2014 Oregon Relays: King Cheserek and Jenkins “Tie” in 5000m “Race”, Centro Runs 3:41 in 2014 Debut, Efraimson Wins 800

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by: LetsRun.com
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.

It's a Tie Between Eric Jenkins and Edward Cheserek

It’s a Tie Between Eric Jenkins and Edward Cheserek

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.

Results below.

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
There Was Some Competition at the Bell

There Was Some Competition at the Bell in the 5k

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
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 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.