Cheserek, Allen, Cunningham headlight Pac-12 athletes in NCAA men’s championship action
Three individual NCAA champions hailed from the Conference of Champions during today’s NCAA men’s track and field championship competition. Oregon’s Edward Cheserek took home his 15th (you read that right; fifteenth) NCAA title, while teammate Devon Allen continued his 110m hurdle dominance with his second NCAA title in that event. USC’s Randall Cunningham was the NCAA men’s high jump champion – the first Trojan to claim the title since Jesse Williams in 2006, a now Olympian.
Oregon was the highest placing team from the Pac-12 Conference, finishing 4th with 48 points.
Gerhard De Beer did his duty for the Wildcats, scoring points by placing 4th in the men’s discus with a best throw of 68.80m (54 feet, 4.5 inches).
The Sun Devils got things rolling today for the Pac-12, placing 8th in the 4x100m relay with a time of 39.90 seconds. Tim White rode that wave and finished 4th in the men’s triple jump with a best jump of 16.57m (54 feet, 4.5 inches).
Buff Morgan Pearson earned second team All-American honors in the (very fast) 5,000m with a team of 13:54.99 for 14th place.
As mentioned above, Cheserek now owns 15 NCAA titles, which ties him for the most NCAA titles in cross country and track and field history– and he’s only a junior. He took the 5,000m title tonight in a hard fought battle against fellow Pac-12 athlete, Stanford’s Sean McGorty. Cheserek finished in 13:25.59.
Joining him on the champs list is fellow Duck Devon Allen. Oregon’s two-sport star won a windy 110m hurdle race in 13.50 seconds, making him 8-0 in competition this year and giving him 12 straight wins over collegiate competition.
Marcus Chambers scooped up points for the Ducks as well, finished 4th in the 400m in 45.27 seconds. Sophomore Sam Prakel held on in the 1500m to finish 5th with a time of 3:40.84, while teammate Blake Haney finished 11th in 5:53.80 after tripping early in the race. The Ducks finished fourth as a team with 48 points.
The Card’s distance duo of Sean McGorty and Grant Fisher made a splash in the 5,000m. McGorty challenged Cheserek in the entirety of the 12 and one half laps to finish second in 13:26.10. Freshman Fisher was just behind his teammate and finished 6th with a PR of 13:30.13. The Card finished 13th as a team with 15 points.
Rai Benjamin represented the Bruins well in NCAA competition today. The freshman set of PR of 49.82 to finish 6th in the 400m hurdles. This was only his fourth collegiate race.
The Trojans had two podium finishers today, headlined by NCAA high jump champion Randall Cunningham, who won the competition with a best jump of 2.25m (7 feet, 4.5 inches). He is the first high jump champion from USC since 2011 World Champion Jesse Williams won the NCAA competition in 2006.
Ricky Morgan Jr. also scored for the Trojans, finishing 7th in the 400m with a time of 46.63. The Trojans finished 12th as a team with 16 points.
Just like yesterday, the Huskies’ distance squad showed up for competition today on the men’s side. Pac-12 Champion Izaic Yorks was passed only in the final stretch of the 1500m and finished second in the competition with a time of 3:38.06. In the 5,000m, Colby Gilbert earned second team All-American honors by finishing 13th with a time of 13:54.45.
The women’s final competition will take place beginning with field events at .
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