April 26, 2014
The University of Oregon men came through as the favorites to win the 4 x mle at Penn Relays today in 16:09.67 – the fourth fastest time ever run at Penn. After a tactical first leg (4:11.4 for freshman Sam Prakel), Oregon superstar Edward Cheserek broke things open over the last 600 of leg #2.
It wasn’t like Stanford’s Tyler Stutzman was running poorly on leg #2 for the Cardinal. He in fact was running one of three sub-4 legs on the day (It’s worth noting that all three sub-4s came on leg #2 as many teams decided to stack leg #2). He split 3:59.9 but Cheserek split 3:566.4 to give Oregon a three plus second lead.
On the third leg, 13:18 man Eric Jenkins took over the Ducks. He extended his lead over the first half of his leg before Stanford’s Erik Olson came back on him, but Jenkins 4:01.5 split was a half-second better than Olson’s 4:02.0. As a result, 2013 NCAA 1500 champ Mac Fleet got the baton with close to a four second lead and he was never challenged by Stanford’s Michael Atchoo who split a 4:04.6 to Fleet’s 4:00.4.
Quick Thought #1: After his one was over, we thought to ourselves, can Oregon break 16:00 this year? It would awesome to seem them do it – during the 60th anniversary year of Roger Bannister’s first sub-4. Someone set it up at Oregon.
We weren’t the only ones thinking that: MB: Oregon wins Penn Relays 4 x mile in 16:09 – with 4:11 tactical 1st leg – When will they go for mythical sub 16? –
Quick Thought #2: Kentucky’s Keffri Neal impressed us yesterday in the DMR and yet again today. Yesterday, he beat Mac Fleet o the 1200 leg and today the SEC indoor 800 champ, who has a 3:44 pb, ran a 3:58.5 on leg #2 for Kentucky. Might he have a future in the mile?
|1||Oregon||16:09.67||Sam Prakel (4:11.4), Edward Cheserek (3:56.4), Eric Jenkins (4:01.5), Mac Fleet (4:00.4)||AA|
|2||Stanford||16:17.83||Marco Bertolotti (4:11.2), Tyler Stutzman (3:59.9), Erik Olson (4:02.0), Michael Atchoo (4:04.6)||AD|
|3||Villanova||16:19.98||Sam McEntee (4:11.0), Robert Denault (4:04.1), Patrick Tiernan (4:00.0), Jordan Williamsz (4:04.9)||AC|
|4||Kentucky||16:20.58||Robbie Scharold (4:13.6), Keffri Neal (3:58.5), Adam Kahleifeh (4:06.7), Matt Hillenbrand (4:01.8)||AK|
|5||New Mexico||16:22.75||Ross Matheson (4:12.3), Jake Shelley (4:01.5), Sam Evans (4:03.7), Peter Callahan (4:05.3)||AG|
|6||Columbia||16:22.88||Tim Cousins (4:12.9), Daniel Everett (4:02.7), Brendon Fish (4:05.3), John Gregorek (4:02.0)||AF|
|7||Georgetown||16:26.76||Darren Fahy (4:11.6), Andrew Springer (4:05.6), Collin Leibold (4:04.3), Bobby Peavey (4:05.3)||AH|
|8||Indiana||16:27.55||Jason Crist, Nolan Fife, Matthew Schwartzer, Owen Skeete||AS|
|9||Dartmouth||16:27.82||John Bleday (4:12.7), Silas Talbot (4:03.1), Tim Gorman (4:06.0), Steve Mangan (4:06.0)||AB|
|10||Michigan||16:27.98||Jeffrey Sattler, Morsi Rayyan, Mason Ferlic, George Kelly||AP|
|11||La Salle||16:33.50||Zach Sullivan, Nick Ross, Vince Perozze, Alfredo Santana||AR|
|12||Iona||16:42.85||Xavier King (4:11.7), Daniel Clorley (4:11.8), Chartt Miller (4:10.9), Matthew Gillespie (4:08.5)||AE|
|13||Tennessee||16:54.00||Austin Whitelaw, Kyle Walter, Jeremy Dickie, Daniel Tobin||AU|