PHILADELPHIA – Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek led the Ducks to the distance medley relay championship Friday in the Penn Relays, running the closing mile leg in 3 minutes, 57.98 seconds.
Cheserek, the NCAA cross country champion, teamed with seniors Mac Fleet, Mike Berry and Boru Guyota to finish in 9:25.40 in front of 38,135 fans at Franklin Field.
Fleet ran the opening 1,200-meter leg in 2:53.95, Berry followed with a 44.72 in the 400, and Guyota had a 1:48.77 in the 800.
Villanova was second in 9:28.93 and Stanford third at 9:29.66.
Fleet, a redshirt senior, was a member of the Ducks’ first title-winning team four years ago and has four wins at the Penn Relays. He’ll have a chance to close his college career with a fifth victory when Oregon attempts to defend its 4-mile relay title today.