Oregon Track and Field Signs Top Distance Runner

Distance runner Edward Cheserek (St. Benedict's Prep).

Amidst the football recruiting season that has finally begun to settle down after nearly two weeks of analyzing every prep football player’s decision of what school to attend, the Oregon Ducks track and field program have received a commitment from the top prep distance runner in the United States.

Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, New Jersey, announced on Saturday his intent to sign with the Ducks.

His anticipated move to Eugene in the coming months–after he graduates from high school–will continue Cheserek’s long path to becoming one of the top runners in the nation.

Distance runner Edward Cheserek (St. Benedict's Prep).
Distance runner Edward Cheserek (St. Benedict’s Prep).

Born in Kenya, Cheserek was raised in an orphanage for most of his life. Only coming to the United States three years ago when he began to attend St. Benedict’s Prep, the young distance runner has made trails his second home.

And in Eugene, he will have plenty of them to traverse. From Pre’s Trail that runs along the banks of the Wilammette to the Adidas Amazon Trail, Cheserek will find plenty places to continue his athletic endeavors.

Considered one of the best distance runners in the nation, Cheserek also took visits to Arizona, Northern Arizona, Portland, and Villanova.

He decided to commit to the Ducks during The Millrose Games that took place this past weekend, in which he set a new high school record for the indoor two-mile, finishing with a time of 8 minutes, 39.15 seconds.

The record had previously stood since 1964.

Oregon’s full track and field recruiting class is expected to be announced this week.

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