University of Oregon senior Edward Cheserek got what he came for Sunday in the Boston University Last Chance Meet.
Well, maybe more than he came for.
Cheserek won the mile in the BU Track & Tennis Center against a group of professional runners in 3 minutes, 52.02 seconds, leaving the collegiate indoor and absolute records in tatters.
The collegiate indoor record had been 3:52.88, set by Lawi Lalang of Arizona in 2014. The collegiate absolute record had been 3:52.44, set by Villanova's Sidney Maree' in 1981.
Cheserek led much of the way, and held off a late challenge from Kyle Merber of the New Jersey-New York Track Club.
Merber was second in 3:52.22. Ex-Duck Johnny Gregorek placed in third in 3:53.15.
Cheserek's time places him on top of college track and field's descending order list in the mile by more than three seconds.
Mo Ahmed of the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club used a big move with 600 meters left to jump to the front of the men's 5,000 final, and held on to win in 13:04.60.
Ahmed's time obliterates the Canadian record of 13:19.16 set by Cam Levins of the Nike Oregon Project in 2014.
The Oregon Project's Eric Jenkins was second in 13:05.85. In all, eight runners bettered the World Outdoor Championships qualifying standard of 13:22.60.
Here are complete results from the BU Last Chance Meet.
-- Ken Goe
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