Villanova’s Jordan Williamsz Made Him Work For It, But In The End, Oregon and Edward Cheserek Win The Men’s DMR at The 2015 Penn Relays

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April 24, 2015

Oregon’s Edward Cheserek had to work for it, but in the end, he found a way to get past Villanova’s Jordan Wiliamsz to win the men’s distance medley relay at the 2015 Penn Relays today. After a 3:59.44 final leg, Cheserek and Oregon were your winners for the second year in a row in 9:33.86 as Nova and Wiliamsz (3:58.94) were second in 9:34.36.

The Race

Columbia was the surprising leader after the three opening legs, but there was no way sophomore Rob Napolitano, a 4:00 performer indoors, was going to run away from the guys behind him. Cheserek and Williamsz — both 3:36 guys — were lurking not too far behind. Oregon’s Cheserek was about 10 meters back (1.43 seconds) and Villanova with Williamsz was just a second behind Cheserek.

300 meters into the anchor leg, King Ches was with the leader and it soon just became a wait for the last lap.

On the last lap, Cheserek didn’t blow things open on the backstretch like last year. Instead it was Williamsz who took the lead with about 250 to go with an inside move. Cheserek responded and went after Williamsz. Williamsz made Cheserek dig deep and there was even contact between the two near the end of the final turn. Once Cheserek got the lead with a little more than 100 to go, he never relinquished it but he had to dig deep and repeatedly looked over his shoulder to make sure Williamsz wasn’t getting a second wind.

Cheserek admitted he had to work for it after the race was over. “It was really tough,” said Cheserek on the FloPro broadcast after the race before adding a somewhat contradictory message of “I tried to take it easy today” as he has more races to come.

Quick Thoughts, results and screenshots below.

Quick Thought #1: This race went almost exactly as we said it would in our race preview. What we really want to see is Ches vs. Williamsz straight up or maybe the reverse of what we had today, Ches vs. Williamsz but Williamsz starts with the lead. Straight up, the edge still goes to Ches but with a lead for Williamsz of a few seconds, it would be really interesting.

Quick Thought #2: One of the reasons we don’t like the DMR nearly as much as an event as say the 4 x 800 is the fact that it all comes down to the anchor. The teams with the three fastest anchors went were all in the top 3.

College Men’s Distance Medley Championship of America Invitational

1Oregon9:33.86Johnny Gregorek (2:58.20), Marcus Chambers (46.48), Niki Franzmair (1:49.75), Edward Cheserek (3:59.44)AA
2Villanova9:34.36Dusty Solis (2:57.51), Ishmael Muhammad (48.42), Josh Lampron (1:49.51), Jordan Williamsz (3:58.94)AD
3Stanford9:37.11Justin Brinkley (2:59.03), Jackson Shumway (49.15), Luke Lefebure (1:49.60), Sean McGorty (3:59.35)AF
4Indiana9:37.71Tre’tez Kinnaird (2:56.91), Derrick Morgan (47.58), Daniel Kuhn (1:50.49), Rorey Hunter (4:02.74)AM
5Columbia9:38.23Brendon Fish (2:56.57), Kevin Boyd (48.19), Connor Claflin (1:48.26), Rob Napolitano (4:05.23)AH
6Oklahoma9:42.22Allen Eke (2:56.78), Scott Petersen (49.88), Zac Randall (1:50.37), Brandon Doughty (4:05.20)AG
7Georgetown9:43.64Amos Bartelsmeyer (2:58.60), Joseph White (51.21), Billy Ledder (1:51.16), Cole Williams (4:02.68)AC
8St. Joseph’s PA9:43.65Logan Mohn (2:59.51), Torey Doaty (47.41), Steve Butenewicz (1:51.38), Aaron Leskow (4:05.37)AT
9Duke9:44.52Henry Farley (2:58.13), Brett Bofinger (48.07), Kyle Francis (1:53.59), Nate McClafferty (4:04.75)AE
10La Salle9:44.63Stephen Lewandowski (2:59.76), Justin Guerre (48.09), Chris Sanders (1:50.30), Nick Ross (4:06.48)AN
11Binghamton9:48.09Eric Holt (2:57.20), Jon Alkins (47.94), Adam McIe (1:57.13), Jesse Garn (4:05.84)AL
12Penn9:53.81Clark Shurtleff (3:02.25), Tom Timmins (48.35), Drew Magaha (1:53.17), Thomas Awad (4:10.06)AJ
13Texas A&M9:55.46Cameron Villarreal (2:59.06), Efrain Hernandez (48.36), Brandon Kinsey (1:53.82), Isaac Spencer (4:14.22)AI
14Texas10:06.28Robert Uhr (3:04.80), Christopher Irvin (51.46), Derrell Manhertz (1:58.39), Brady Turnbull (4:11.64)AK

Screenshots from Flopro broadcast

Columbia lead early

Columbia lead early

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100 into final leg

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Williamsz inside move

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Williamsz goes for it

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A little contact never hurts anyone

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Discuss the 2015 Penn Relays on our messageboard: Official 2015 Penn Relays Live Discussion Thread.

A recap of the women’s 4 x 1500 and the other Championship of America events that were held before the DMR appear below.

College Women’s 4×1500 Championship of America Invitational

A day after coming up short in the women’s DMR, Stanford got the job done in the women’s 4×1500 today at the 2015 Penn Relays. The key to the Cardinal’s victory was superstar frosh Elise Cranny, who broke things open on the third leg.

Today, Cranny, who was beaten on the anchor leg last night, got the baton with roughly a three-second lead over UNC’s Lianne Farber, who came into Penn after running a 4:13.76 pb last week. Farber proved to be no match for Cranny. Running in very windy conditions, Cranny split 4:17.2 – the fastest split of the afternoon (Georgetown anchor Katrina Coogan also split 4:17.2) – to give Stanford a more than seven-second lead heading into the anchor leg as Farber only managed a 4:22.0. On the anchor leg, UNC’s Annie LeHardy, who also ran 4:13 last week, got to within about two seconds with 200 to go but Stanford’s Claudia Saunders had a little something in reserve as the Cardinal won comfortably in 17:27.54 to UNC’s 17:30.22.

Discuss the 2015 Penn Relays on our messageboard: Official 2015 Penn Relays Live Discussion Thread.

Results for the 4 x 1500 and the other Championship of America events held already today appear below.


1Stanford17:27.54Rebecca Mehra (4:23.0), Jessica Tonn (4:22.2), Elise Cranny (4:17.2), Claudia Saunders (4:25.1)B
2North Carolina17:30.22Elizabeth Whelan (4:24.0), Karley Rempel (4:24.1), Lianne Farber (4:22.0), Annie LeHardy (4:20.1)F
3Georgetown17:36.83Hannah Neczypor (4:25.4), Haley Pierce (4:27.2), Madeline Chambers (4:27.0), Katrina Coogan (4:17.2)C
4Dartmouth18:00.22Elizabeth Markowitz, Helen Schlachtenhaufen, Reid Watson, Dana GiordanoE
5Indiana18:00.43Brenna Calder (4:28.1), Brianna Johnson (4:25.7), Madison Stenger (4:32.6), Corinne Cominator (4:34.0)J
6Texas18:08.40Katie Burford, Mary Beth Hamilton, Connor Ward, Sandie RainesH
7Princeton18:13.98Megan Curham, Elizabeth Bird, Kaitlin Hanss, Zoe SimsQ
8Clemson18:20.73Grace Barnett, Brianna Feerst, Katie Moses, Molly SullivanO
9Pittsburgh18:39.84Melanie Vlasic, Hana Casalnova, Dana Dellefemine, Ellen CrookP
10Buffalo18:48.55Meghan Manley, Melinda Wheeler, Corinne Birchard, Amy ShawN
Elise Cranny , Rebecca Mehra, Claudia Saunders and  Jessic Tonn after the race

Elise Cranny , Rebecca Mehra, Claudia Saunders and Jessic Tonn after the race

College Women’s 4×100 Championship of America Invitational


Presented by Core Power
NRTexas A&M42.362009Khrystal Carter, Porscha Lucas, Dominique Duncan, Gabby Mayo
ARNational Team40.822012Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter
PRLSU42.592008Brooklynn Morris, Samantha Henry, Juanita Broaddus, Kelly-Ann Baptiste
FFLSU42.592008Brooklynn Morris, Samantha Henry, Juanita Broaddus, Kelly-Ann Baptiste




1Texas A&M43.76Jennifer Madu, Ashton Purvis, Kamaria Brown, Aaliyah BrownAG
2Texas44.36Morgan Snow, Kendall Baisden, Courtney Okolo, Morolake AkinosunAA
3Oklahoma45.49Ama Pipi, Daunicia Demerson, Daye Shon Roberson, Leya BuchananAD
4G.C. Foster45.54Gayon Evans, Kedisha Dallas, Audra Segree, Yanique ThompsonAH
5South Carolina45.74Gabby Gray, Alexis Murphy, Ahty Johnson, Briana HaithAC
6Houston45.83Bria Carter, Kiersten Brewer, Sade Mariah Greenidge, Brittany KinneyAF
7Hampton46.79Kristian Young, Tanisha Greene, Meshala Morton, Le’Quisha ParkerAE
8Boston U46.93Maya Marshall, Christina Wood, Djenne Parris, Gemma AcheampongAI

High School Girls’ 4×800 Championship of America


Presented by Grace Foods
NRRoosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.)8:43.122008Dominique Lockhart (2:13.0), Amirah Johnson (2:08.6), Brittany Ogunomokun (2:11.9), Tasha Stanley (2:09.6)
PRVere Tech (Jamaica)8:37.711991Charmane Howell (2:11.3), Claudine Williams (2:11.1), Janice Turner (2:12.1), Inez Turner (2:03.2)



1Holmwood Tech  (Christiana, JAM)9:01.31Shaniekie Watson (2:17.56), Chrissiani May (2:12.95), Britney Campbell (2:19.95), Lisa Buchanan (2:10.87)F
2Western Branch  (Chesapeake, VA)9:07.71Ces’shay Joyner (2:25.70), Faith Ross (2:11.20), Jewel Smith (2:22.99), Amanda Thomas (2:07.83)A
3Vere Technical  (Clarendon, JAM)9:13.06Britnie Dixon (2:15.30), Sanique Walker (2:15.59), Alithia Fearon (2:24.17), Sasha-Gaye Whyte (2:18.01)B
4Great Valley  (Malvern, PA)9:14.81Elise Claffey (2:19.23), Anna Willig (2:17.57), Tabitha Wismer (2:22.99), Crosby Spiess (2:15.04)E
5Cornwall  (New Windsor, NY)9:17.87Jillian Decker (2:20.06), Beatrice Boylan (2:18.91), Ashley Wallace (2:22.18), Dara Cuffe (2:16.73)C
6Unionville  (Kennett Square, PA)9:19.39Cami Rickenback (2:22.32), Kacie Breeeding (2:21.25), Anna Juul (2:15.33), Gretchen Mills (2:20.51)D
7Ridge  (Basking Ridge, NJ)9:19.82Liz Newman (2:20.80), Kelly Van Baalen (2:21.26), Emily Hirsch (2:20.02), Abigail Regner (2:17.76)J
8North Penn  (Lansdale, PA)9:21.55Ali Valenti (2:21.43), Stephanie Bresadola (2:20.39), Mikaela Vlasic (2:20.74), Phoebe Clowser (2:19.01)G
9McDonogh School  (Owings Mills, MD)9:26.05Maggie Seybold (2:19.29), Jordan Burgess (2:25.07), Noemie Noullet (2:24.62), Allison Glossinger (2:17.09)H
10Pennsbury  (Fairless Hills, PA)9:28.88Erin OConnell (2:24.53), Maddie Sauer (2:22.33), Olivia Sargent (2:18.48), Hannah Molloy (2:23.56)L
11Glass  (Lynchburg, VA)9:29.44Holly Carrington (2:25.67), Kami DeCarmo (2:20.10), Libby Davidson (2:18.40), Maddie Rennyson (2:25.28)I
12Wilson  (West Lawn, PA)9:30.00Gabriella Audi (2:27.57), Anne denOtter (2:18.89), Nijah Ukpong (2:23.78), Amina Chtourou (2:19.77)K