Cheserek claims 14th NCAA title at Hayward Field
EUGENE, Ore.— A gallant roar emanated from the mostly green-and-yellow-clad Hayward Field crowd Wednesday evening, as the "King" rounded the final turn to claim another crown.
Oregon's Edward Cheserek—known affectionately as @KingCheserek on social media—reasserted his dominance in the 10,000m, earning his third-straight NCAA championship in the event at 29:09.57.
"It was really good," said Cheserek of 10,000m title number three, "to come in here, and run at home to defend my title."
Cheserek, the most decorated runner in Oregon track & field history, helped the Ducks jump out to a Day 1 lead at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Assisting the Ducks' team effort was Greg Skipper, who placed third in the hammer throw at 71.39m.
Colorado senior Pierce Murphy, dubbed the "Surfer Dude" by John Meyer of the Denver Post, capped his Buffs career in the 10,000m with a fourth-place finish at 29:12.49.
On the final day of field events, USC two-sport star Adoree' Jackson placed fifth in the long jump at 24-7.25/7.50m. Jackson, who will return to Eugene in July for Olympic trials, said his performance was a learning experience.
"I felt I was doing well running down the runway," said Jackson, "but when I got towards the board, I guess I rushed everything. At the end of the day, I'm just thankful that God brought me this far."
Jackson added that he was looking forward to watching film and getting back to practice ahead of Olympic trials.
UCLA had a proud showing for the Pac-12, with Nicholas Scarvelis and Braheme Days placing fourth and fifth in shot put, respectively.
Washington pole valuter Jax Thoirs earned a fifth-place finish for the Huskies at 5.45m, but headlining Wednesday for the Dawgs was miler Izaic Yorks. Yorks placed second in the 1,500m semifinal at 3:40.87. He'll be up against Oregon's Sam Prakel and Blake Haney in Friday's final.
Vaunted Arizona decathlete Pau Tonnesen finds himself in 12th place through his first day of competition, five spots behind Stanford's Harrison Williams. The decathlon will culminate Thursday with the hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500m.
Arizona State's 4x100 men's relay team advanced to Friday's final, clocking in at 39.26.
Stay with Pac-12.com for continuing coverage of the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships from Eugene.