Weekend Recap: Cheserek Cashes In Again, Epic Foot Locker Sprint

Cheserek After Fastest Hawaiian Mile

With Foot Locker, the European XC Championships and some early season indoor track events all happening over the weekend, it was particularly unique and busy few days in the running world. If that wasn’t enough, Edward Cheserek messed around and ran the fastest mile ever on Hawaiian soil to win his second-straight Merrie Mile in Waikiki in a photo finish.

Here were the highlights from the second weekend in December:

France’s Jimmy Gressier secures his spot in the meme fail Hall of Fame

Let there be no doubt that Frenchman Jimmy Gressier’s epic fail at the finish line of the men’s U23 race at the European XC Championships on Sunday, to be referred to from here on out as the Spillburg in Tilburg, was the peak moment of the weekend:

The double flag victory celebration was a fantastic show of patriotism in theory, but his execution left a oui-bit to be desired. All told, however, Gressier won his second-straight U23 Euro XC title on Sunday in 23:37.

Upstart Sydney Masciarelli kicks down Katelynne Hart at the line in epic Foot Locker girls race

Credit goes to Foot Locker champion Sydney Masciarelli of Connecticut and close runner-up Katelynne Hart from Illinois for producing a battle in Balboa Park that made me forget that the nation’s top prep, Katelyn Tuohy, wasn’t even in the race.

The junior Hart led for 4800m in a gutsy effort, but the upstart sophomore Masciarelli, who ran her first cross country season this fall, showed incredible finishing speed to run the fastest winning time (17:00.3) since Aisling Cuffe’s 16:53 in 2010. Out of nowhere, she is suddenly high school running’s next big thing behind Tuohy.

The collegiate leader in the 400m belongs to junior college freshman Kenny Bednarek

The first collegiate sub-46 400m of the 2019 indoor season (even though it’s still 2018) belongs not to an SEC sprinter or even an NCAA athlete. Instead, it was Indian Hills CC freshman Kenny Bednarek who went 45.93 on Friday on Northwest Missouri’s 300m track, his first time under 46 seconds.

The most impressive fact of Bednarek’s run was that he did it essentially in a solo time trial. He won his heat by over 2.5 seconds.

Edward Cheserek continues to cash in, runs fastest mile in Hawaii history

King Ches’ 2018 outdoor season was squashed by an injury, but if his last three road victories are any indication, Cheserek is ready for a big 2019 campaign.

After winning the inaugural Brooks Beasts Desert Throwdown mile on Nov. 11 ($5,000) and then breaking the course record at the frozen Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving Day ($9,000), the 24-year-old kept the gravy train rolling on Saturday in Hawaii.

Merrie Mile Highlights

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The 3:49-miler set another record with his second-straight W at the Kalakaua Merrie Mile in Waikiki, winning a nail-biter over fellow Kenyan and teenager Leonard Bett, 3:54.83 to 3:54.89. Cheserek ran five seconds faster than he did a year ago at the same event, and he was awarded with the fastest-ever mile in the 50th state’s history.

The Merrie Mile pits both genders against each other by giving the women’s field a 26-second advantage at the start, and for winning that battle as well Cheserek collected $4,000. If you’re keeping count at home, that’s $18,000 in prize money in less than a month for the second-year pro.

Three Events To Watch At BU: Jenkins/Tanui/NAU 5k, Engels In The Mile

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The 2020 BU John Thomas Terrier Classic is this Friday and Saturday (Jan 24-25) in Boston and will be Live on FloTrack. A fast men's 5k and the season debut of Craig Engels in the mile are among the top events to watch this weekend:

Weekend Watch Guide: Fast Boston 5k, Elite Sprints In New Mexico

Several of the top distance runners and sprinters in the country will be on display this weekend on FloTrack as we stream two days of action at the BU John Thomas Terrier Classic in Boston and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque this Friday and Saturday. U.S. Olympic hopeful Eric Jenkins and training partner Paul Tanui will chase the 13:13.50 Olympic 5k standard along with several NAU stars on Friday at BU, while reigning 60m hurdles world champion Keni Harrison will face 2019 NCAA champion Chanel Brissett in the hurdles at New Mexico on Saturday. That, and so much more, can be seen on our live slate Jan. 24 - 25:

As Trials Approach, Three Contenders Speak On State Of Shoes

As the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials rapidly draw near, tensions surrounding the fate of Nike’s controversial Vaporfly shoes are at an all-time high. Reports in recent weeks that World Athletics is set to ban the shoe have led to speculation of when a potential rule change would be made and what specifically the governing body seeks to outlaw. With less than 40 days until Atlanta, both action or inaction by World Athletics will be a major storyline in the race for Tokyo. 

Eight Sub-2:21 Women Set To Contest 2020 Boston Marathon

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Houston Organizers Award 'Top U.S. Male' Prize Money To Two Runners

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The Houston Half Marathon organizers decided to award their "top U.S. male finisher" prize money ($2,000) to two athletes this year.

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Niiya Sets Japanese Record In Dominant Houston Half Performance

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Athing Mu Adds To Legacy With 500m National Record At VA Showcase

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Athing Mu added to her legacy as one of the greatest high school track and field athletes of all-time with an electrifying national record breaking performance at the Virginia Showcase on Friday night at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Teenage Sprint Star Briana Williams Signs With Nike

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Briana Williams, the 17-year-old sprinter who broke the national high school 100 meter record in June at Jamaica's Senior Track and Field Championships, has turned pro and has signed a contract with HSI International, it was announced on Friday. 

Unsponsored Fischer Excited For Houston Half Marathon Return

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Weekend Watch Guide: Roberts vs. Allen In 60H, Prep Stars At VA Showcase

A busy slate of track and field action is on deck for this weekend Live on FloTrack. From elite high school competition at the VA Showcase to strong mid-distance and hurdle races at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational, FloTrack has you covered for all your track needs.