It’s hard to know what else Edward Cheserek has to prove.

The University of Oregon distance star has won 15 NCAA titles in a shining college carer.

Yesterday he fought off a challenge by Washington’s Colby Gilbert to win the 5,000 meters in the Husky Classic at the UW’s Dempsey Indoor.

Blogger Paul Merca has the eye-witness account.

In the process, Cheserek clocked the world’s best time in 2017, and pulled Gilbert to the second-best.

It clearly was a great race. It stamps Cheserek as the odds-on favorite to sweep the 3,000 and 5,000 at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the third time in four years — assuming he opts again for that double.

If he does, and if he again anchors Oregon’s distance medley relay to victory when the 2017 NCAA Indoor unfolds in College Station, Texas, as he did last year, the U.S. Track & Field and Coaches Association should call a halt to the men’s selection process for The Bowerman and give Cheserek the award outright.

I don’t care what happens outdoors.

Cheserek is a three-time finalist for The Bowerman, given annually to college track’s best male and best female athlete. And he never has won.

I’m not knocking the male award recipients in the past three years — Jarrion Lawson of Arkansas, Marquis Dendy of Florida and Deon Lendore of Texas A&M — all accomplished college athletes.

But enough is enough. If Cheserek is one of three finalists for The Bowerman for a fourth consecutive year, he is good enough to win the thing.


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Cheserek clocks a world-leader in Seattle.

It’s unclear whether Cheserek will run the mile today at the Husky Classic.

Cheserek’s blazing 5k highlights a successful day in two locations for the Ducks.

The University of Portland’s Lauren LaRocco moves to No. 2 on the school’s career list in the indoor 5,000.

Portland State’s Genna Settle speeds to the Big Sky’s leading 200 time.

Former University of Portland runner Woody Kincaid gives a typically colorful interview to Citius Mag about his transition to the Bowerman Track Club.

Matthew Centrowitz isn’t ducking anybody, and Olympian Kate Grace talks about switching sponsors from Oiselle to Nike.’s highlights from the pre-Millrose Games presser.

Matt Centrowitz — Olympic gold medalist Matthew’s dad — will leave New York after the Millrose Games with a tattoo.

The younger Centrowitz holds court with reporters before the Millrose Games.

Centro talks to Paul Swangard of USATF.TV in this video about his plans for the two-mile race at the Millrose Games, and what to expect in 2017.

U.S. Olympian Dalilah Muhammad, gold-medalist in the 400 hurdles, and a Muslim, tells President Trump’s immigration order is “unfortunate.”

Amanda Eccleston rides into the Millrose Games on a wave of confidence.

Natasha Hastings talks about the Millrose Games, the 2020 Olympics and prep star Sydney McLaughlin in this Q-and-A with RunBlogRun’s Larry Eder.

All-Stars win again in Melbourne to sweep the Nitro Series.

Clean sweep for Bolt’s All-Stars.

Now that Nitro Athletics has conquered Melbourne, Australia, Usain Bolt wants to take the concept worldwide.

Sebastian Coe says Bolt can be as transformative as Muhammad Ali.

Genzebe Dibaba records the sixth-fastest indoor 1,500 in history.

Jumpers Ivana Spanovic and Piotr Lisek have strong performances in Berlin.

Lynsey Sharp’s decision to work with coach Terrence Mahon has paid off.

Oregon State’s cross country team receives an academic honor.

Western Oregon’s women’s DMR sets a school record.

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