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For Oregon, a different slant on victory

2015 Division I Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

When the University of Oregon men won the 2015 Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 12 in Eugene, Oregon, the triumph came with a twist. The Ducks, long famous for their distance runners, swept to a second consecutive outdoor title because of strong contributions in other events.

The Ducks won by 29 points over the University of Florida, in part, because Johnathan Cabral and Marcus Chambers captured second-place points in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400 meters, respectively. The anticipated one-two finish by Oregon distance stars Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins in the 5,000 meters – the meet’s second-to-last event – padded the margin.

“We don’t want to always rely on Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins,” Chambers said. “They’re great runners; we all know that. But we want to show people that other people on our team can score, too.”

Oregon completed an impressive four-meet performance, winning outdoor and indoor titles each of the past two years.

“Great day for the Ducks,” Robert Johnson, Oregon’s head coach, said. “Great day to be a Duck. Great day, all Duckies. Unbelievable performance.”

Cheserek, a sophomore, also won the 10,000 meters, lifting him to eight career individual titles in indoor and outdoor track and cross country – one more than celebrated Oregon distance runner Steve Prefontaine won in the 1970s.

“I think it’s amazing,” Cheserek said. “I’m trying to … be a legend like him one day.”