Another Record for Cheserek
High School Athlete of the Week
By Marc Bloom, Running Times
Athlete: Edward Cheserek
School: St. Benedict’s Prep
Location: Newark, NJ
800m PR: 1:49.98
Mile PR: 4:02.21
2-Mile PR: 8:39.25
Edward Cheserek, the Kenyan from New Jersey, took care of business on two fronts last Saturday night. He finally dipped under Gerry Lindgren’s 49-year-old high school indoor 2-Mile record of 8:40.0 with an 8:39.25, and then he announced that he’d chosen to attend the University of Oregon.
The 2-Mile record was no lark. Cheserek, who just turned 19, was battling a cold, and after an opening 4:13 Mile he was hurting at the back of the Bernard Lagat-led professional field. With two laps to go at the New York Armory, the record was in doubt. But Cheserek, who attends St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, felt the onrushing Lagat approaching and the threat of being lapped. Cheserek rallied to run the last 200 in 31 seconds, and the record was his.
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