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.

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Eight 2019 NCAA Stars Taking Their Talents To The Pre Classic

The greatest single-day track and field meet on U.S. soil, the Prefontaine Classic, will have strong representation from a handful of 2019 NCAA stars. Annually one of the top Diamond League meetings, this year’s event—hosted by Stanford as OG Hayward Field is no more—will again be comically loaded with star power, including the following names from this past collegiate season.

Who Should Run On The U.S. Men's 4x100m?

As long as they can avoid the tragic fate of many a past U.S. men’s relay teams, the Americans should win 4x100m gold in Doha this October. Of course, that’s not at all a guarantee with Team USA registering a slew of DQs over the years, but a much weaker Jamaican squad without Usain Bolt has the Americans in position to finally regain the top global spot in the 4x1 for the first time since 2007.

Rabat Takeaways: Ethiopia Beginning To Make Noise In Steeple

The Diamond League was back in action on Sunday as the international track and field circuit made its annual African stopover in Rabat, Morocco.

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Kenny B, Welcome To The Diamond League: Rabat DL Preview

The second Diamond League meet of the week takes place on Sunday in Rabat, Morocco with Genzebe Dibaba, Salwa Eid Naser, Nijel Amos, Emmanuel Korir, Jenny Simpson and burgeoning American sprint star Kenny Bednarek all in action. Here are five events to watch. 

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Confirmed: Grant Holloway Now Sponsored By Adidas

June 14 update: It's official! Grant Holloway is sponsored by adidas.

Oslo Diamond League Recap: Coleman Goes 9.85, Lewandowski Shocks Mile

The Diamond League was in Norway on Thursday for its annual stop at the Bislett Games in Oslo. Upsets were aplenty in the distance races, while speedy U.S. stars Christian Coleman and Sydney McLaughlin picked up impressive victories.

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POLL: Which 3 Men Should Be Bowerman Finalists?

Now that the NCAA season has wrapped (and quite spectacularly so at the Division I outdoor championships), it's time to reflect on the most outstanding performers and narrow in on the top candidates for the 2019 Bowerman Award.

'SPEED CITY' Episode Six Debuts LIVE On June 14th At 6PM CT

This season, we debuted our season-long series, "SPEED CITY: A Season With The Houston Cougars," which follows the Houston men's track and field program as they pursue their first-ever NCAA team title. 

A Running List Of College Athletes Going Pro In 2019

It's that time of year! We're keeping this page updated to highlight which collegiate stars are turning pro and where they're going.