Hello people. Ches was special tonight. Look at this stat.
Quick Take #1: Cheserek’s final 1k of 2:19.45 would be #2 all-time on the NCAA 1k list
The NCAA cross country champion shouldn’t be allowed to have wheels like that. 2:19.45 by itself is phenomen
Quick Take #2: How do you beat Edward Cheserek?
Soratos was probably asking himself the same question at the end of the race. Soratos dropped a 53.43 400 split in the middle of the race and Cheserek didn’t even flinch -- and still closed the race in 28.26 seconds!
Barring the introduction of another Cheserek-type freak of nature over the next two years, there are only two ways he loses another NCAA championship: he’s hurt, or he’s tired (from attempting some sort of ridiculous 1500-5k-10k triple). So far, the only NCAA championship race Cheserek has lost came in a 13:18 race against a guy with PRs of 3:33/13:00. Unless you can produce another runner with the same PRs (good luck -- Lawi Lalang is the only guy in NCAA history who has run that fast), how in the world does anyone beat Cheserek?
Quick Take #1: Leah O’Connor is a stud
Was this the most impressive women’s mile performance in NCAA history? Jenny Simpson’s 4:25.91 probably tops it (though Simpson did it at Big 12s rather than NCAAs, she still did it completely solo in an unrabbitted race, taking down NCAA legend Sally Kipyego in the process.
O’Connor’s race has to be #2, though. Only Simpson has run faster as a collegian than O’Connor (whose 4:27.18 is .01 ahead of what Kipyego ran at Big 12s behind Simpson in 2009), and the women O’Connor beat today -- outdoor 1500 champion Shelby Houlihan and 4:29.67 miler Colleen Quigley (#6 all-time) -- were really, really good. No one was touching O’Connor on this day, however, as she seized control of the race with a