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Ducks dominate at distance

2015 Division I Men’s Indoor Track and Field

The University of Oregon runners in the 3,000-meter final knew exactly how to apply an exclamation point to their own – and their team’s – victory in the Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Eric Jenkins, Edward Cheserek and Will Geoghegan finished first, second and third, respectively, in the 3,000 to secure 24 points. That was more than enough to catapult the Ducks (74 points) past the University of Florida (50) and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (39). Oregon captured its second consecutive national indoor championship.

“The perfect scenario,” Jenkins told Oregonian.com, describing his squad’s one-two-three dominance.

“You can’t say enough about those guys,” Oregon coach Robert Johnson told Goducks.com. “To be able to finish it off the way they did in the 3K is absolutely outstanding.”

The Ducks, long known for their distance-running prowess, also became the first school to win four distance events at the indoor championships: Jenkins added a victory in the 5,000; Oregon’s distance-medley relay squad reigned; and Cheserek captured the mile.