Cheseret Propels Men's Track & Field with 5,000-Meter Title

June 13, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams completed competition at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday night in Austin, Texas. The Wildcat men finished 12th in the overall team standings with 21 points. It was the men's highest finish since 2000 when Patrick Nduwimana propelled the team to a sixth-place finish by winning two national titles. The UA women finished tied for 65th place with two points.

Sophomore Robert Cheseret capped off a stellar sophomore season for the Arizona men by winning the title in the 5,000 meters. He clocked a time of 13:49.85, edging Colorado's Dathan Ritzenhein by just less than three seconds. Cheseret finished runner-up in Friday night's 10,000-meter final. Altogether, he racked up 18 of the men's 21 team points.

Senior Kyle Goklish scored the other three points by finishing sixth in the 5,000-meter final. Goklish crossed the line in 14:20.73, earning All America honors in the process.

In early action on Saturday, senior Matt Wagner competed in the men's javelin final. Wagner got off a throw of 230 feet, 7 inches (70.28m) on his second attempt. He finished ninth in the overall individual standings.

A number of Wildcats will begin preparations for the 2004 USA Junior National Championships, while several others will continue to train for the 2004 USA Olympic Trials.

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