June 24, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon junior distance runner Edward Cheserek was named a finalist for The Bowerman, track and field’s equivalent to The Heisman Trophy, Friday.
Cheserek continued to impress in his junior campaign, winning a total of six NCAA Championships between cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.
Cheserek piled on the NCAA Championships during the indoor and outdoor seasons, bringing his total to 15, the most of any runner in NCAA history. At the indoor championships, Cheserek pulled of the 3,000-5,000-DMR triple which had only been accomplished by former Duck Galen Rupp. Cheserek, however, had less recovery time, running the anchor leg of the DMR about 30 minutes after his win the 5,000.
For the second year in a row, the St. Benedict Prep graduate won both the 5,000 and the 10,000 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The wins made him the first man since Rupp to sweep the indoor and outdoor distance events.
Cheserek started by winning an unprecedented third-consecutive NCAA Cross Country Championships. He joined Steve Prefontaine, Gerry Lindgren and Henry Rono as three-time champions but became the only competitor to win three in a row. While the achievement is a historic one, only performances during the track and field seasons are eligible for consideration.
This marks the third time Cheserek has been named a finalist for The Bowerman, receiving the honor each of the previous two seasons. He is the only athlete to be named a finalist for the award three times.
Texas A&M’s Donavan Brazier and Arkansas’s Jarrion Lawson join Cheserek as finalists. The winner will be announced at the annual USTFCCCA Convention in December.
Fan’s will be able to cast their ballot at the USTFCCCA website which is open now and will run through July 1. Fans can vote up to five times per day per email address.