Roundup: King Cheserek ties Prefontaine
Chantel Jennings gets away from the gridiron for a bit to feature Oregon distance runner Edward Cheserek. On Wednesday, Cheserek won the 10k to tie Steve Prefontaine with seven NCAA championships (thanks, Tyson Winter). All hail @KingCheserek #witness.
While we’re on the track tip, USC’s Adoree’ Jackson finished fifth in the long jump at the NCAA championships, making him a two-sport All-American (he was a freshman All-American in football).
There were five Washington State players selected in the 2015 MLB draft, led by pitcher Sam Trice going in the 10th round by the Tampa Bay Rays (Devil Rays is better).
Cool story by our guy Adam Lewis on how the Seattle Mariners see Washington’s Braden Bishop as having a “good makeup.” The M’s selected the Husky center fielder with the 94th overall pick in the third round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
The Salt Lake Trib tells us that patience paid off for Utah pitcher Bret Helton, who was selected 277th overall by the Pittsburg Pirates. He is the seventh Ute in the last eight years to go in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft.
Arizona’s Margo Geer was named Pac-12 Woman of the Year. Geer is a – get this – 27-time All-American.
Laken Litman of For the Win writes that USWNT is built around Alex Morgan even though she doesn’t start. The women take on Sweden Friday in their second group-stage match.
Despite the conference beginning to sponsor the sport in 2015-16, Colorado is not closer to adding sand volleyball, reports Kyle Ringo. AD Rick George wants to make sure all current sports get their proper support before adding other sports.
CBS Sports college football dude Chip Patterson thinks Arizona State will be a major player in the Pac-12 South in 2015, predicting the Sun Devils to win nine or 10 games.
ESPN college football recruiting guru Erik McKinney writes that Stanford’s academics are becoming a plus in recruiting for the school (Insider link).
On her next stop through the Beehive State, Gina Mizell tracks Gary Andersen’s roots in Salt Lake City and Logan.
Let’s watch the UCLA men’s basketball team work with Special Olympics athletes in this video. Good stuff, Tony Parker and Bryce Alford.