Oregon's Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins are the favorites to go 1-2 in the 5,000 and 10,000 at NCAAs. But will they race all-out against each other? And can anyone like Jason Witt, Kemoy Campbell, Justyn Knight, Patrick Tiernan or Thomas Awad possibly break them up?
LSU's Julian Parker won the 800 in 1:46.17 over Brandon McBride (1:46.53). Arkansas went 1-2 in the 5000 as Kemoy Campbell beat Stanley Kebenei by less than a second in 13:52. Dominique Scott won the 1500/5000 double. *Meet Home Florida men and Arkansas women currently lead going into final day.
Stacked fields for every distance event. Also in the 10K field are Juan Luis Barrios, Futsum Zienasellassie, Fernando Cabada, Kemoy Campbell, Trevor Dunbar. More meet highlights include: Women's 10K: Shalane Flanagan, Dominque Scott, Kate Avery. Men's 1500: Lopez Lomong, German Fernandez, Stanley Kebenei, Andy Bayer (also listed in steeple). Women's 5000: Emma Bates, Juliet Bottorff, Tara Erdmann, Gabe Grunewald, Marielle Hall, Nelly Spence Gracey.
Two hours after wondering if Edward Cheserek would ever lose another NCAA race, Cheserek lost, but was it on purpose? This one will be debated forever.
MB: That was F***ing awesome - Oregon Civil War - Jenkins FTW!! Edward Cheserek is human!! (Wait: Ches says he let Jenkins win!)
The futures of American seniors Eric Jenkins and Emily Sisson look very bright as they both got their first NCAA titles in the 5,000m.
Neither Jenkins (7:44/13:18) nor Sisson (15:12 CR) has won an NCAA individual title, but that is likely to change on Friday night in Fayetteville.
Cheserek will be tired (he's also entered in the DMR Friday and the mile earlier on Saturday) but Oregon will be hoping that he and top seeds Eric Jenkins (7:44.91) and Will Geoghegan (7:45.71) can deliver big points in the final individual event. Scott, runner-up to Abbey D'Agostino last year, will try to prevent Sisson from completing the 3k/5k double.