By Rich Winter

       Arizona senior Lawi Lalang knows full well that Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek is the future of distance running at the NCAA level.

       On Friday night in Euguene Oregon at the NCAA championships, Lalang reminded the youngster that ya can't win em all. 

       If one of the all-time great collegiate 5000 meters, Lalang broke the meet record by running 13 minutes, 18.36 seconds to hold off Cheserek who ran 13 minutes, 18.71 seconds.

     The NCAA title was the 8th for Lalang who held off Cheserek who already has four national titles as a freshman.

     The win came with a serious sprint to the finish where Lalang moved from 4th to 1st in the final 100 meters of the race.

     Cheserek ends his freshman campaign as the most decorated freshman distance runner in collegiate history.

     Lalang will double back this afternoon with an attempt to capture the 1500 meters. 

 

 

 

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