Lawi Lalang’s quest to win the mile, the 3,000 meters, and the 5,000 meters at this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships was thwarted on Friday night thanks to Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek’s victory in the 5,000 meters.
Lalang, the reigning champion in the 5,000 meters and one of the most dominant distance runners in NCAA history, turned in a time of 13:52.83, over six seconds behind the time posted by the victorious Cheserek.
However, the biggest surprise of the night might have been the performance by Oregon’s Parker Stinson, who surged from the back of the pack to claim third place. Stinson, who recorded a time of 13:54.46, said after the race that it felt good to have such a strong finishing kick:
“That was about six years of getting my ass kicked in the last 200 meters. I’m like shaking right now. … I was pretty mad with 200 to go, and I just let it all go. I didn’t look back. “
Stinson, Lalang, and Cheserek will all compete in the 3,000 meters tonight. Lalang set the all-time meet record in the event last year.
[Source: Oregon Live]