Men’s 5000 Meters (6:10pm)
1.Lawi Lalang (SR), Arizona, 13:18.36 [MEET RECORD, CL]
final lap: 56.74
hometown: Eldoret, Kenya
2.Edward Cheserek (FR), Oregon, 13:18.71 [PB]
final lap: 56.84
3.Trevor Dunbar (SR), Oregon, 13:26.90 [PB]
10:45 at 4k, leaders Lalang, Cheserek, Ahmed … 11:18 with two laps to go (64.5 lap) … 12:21 with lap to go (Cheserek, Lalang) …
Oregon finishes 2-3-4 for 19-point pickup. … first time in event history since 1976 that the same school placed three in the top four (Washington State).
New meet record for Lalang, topping Sydney Maree’s 13:20.63 from 1979. … Cheserek also under meet record time. … best times in NCAA history for places: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 … first race in NCAA history with top eight runners under 13:35 (prior best was 13:40.62 in 2011).
Lalang now No. 4 performer in in-season collegiate history, with eight career NCAA individual titles.
Lalang is the seventh man in Division I history to claim consecutive 5000 meters (or three-mile) titles outdoors, and the first since Chris Solinsky of Wisconsin in 2006 and 2007. … Lalang’s title is Arizona’s sixth in the event, only Oregon and Washington State (8) has more. … Lalang is the all-time (since at least 1982) career top scorer in the event with 34 points (2011 2nd; 2012 3rd; 2013 1st; 2014 1st).
The race featured the past three individual cross country NCAA champs: Lalang (2011), Kithuka (2012) and Cheserek (2013).
1k: Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, 2:39.04
3k: Kithuka, Texas Tech, 8:04.03