College Men's 4x800 Championship of America Invitational

Event 486Saturday 4:40 PM
Presented by EllipticGO
A Wall of Fame Event in Honor of the 1965 Villanova Two-mile Relay (Jim Orr, Al Adams, Tom Sullivan, Noel Carroll) Presented in Memory of Ken Todd
Records
NR Arizona State 7:08.96 1984 Pete Richardson (1:47.5), Eddie Davis (1:47.8), Treg Scott (1:48.1), Mike Stahr (1:45.6)
PR Penn State 7:11.17 1985 Vance Watson (1:49.3), Steve Shisler (1:47.9), Chris Mills (1:48.5), Randy Moore (1:45.5)
FF Penn State 7:11.17 1985 Vance Watson (1:49.3), Steve Shisler (1:47.9), Chris Mills (1:48.5), Randy Moore (1:45.5)

Start List

ID School/Affiliation
AA Villanova
AB Penn State
AC Georgetown
AD Georgia Tech
AE Stanford
AF Texas A&M
AG Indiana
AH Columbia
AI Brown
AJ Duke
AK Penn
AL Monmouth
AM Princeton
AN Oklahoma
AO Michigan
AP St. Joseph's PA
AR Bucknell
AS La Salle
AT Army
AU Coppin State
AV Navy
AW Clemson
AX UMBC
AY Boston College
AZ Liberty
BA Rhode Island
BB UConn
BC Rider
BD East Carolina
BE Indiana Tech
BF Franklin Pierce
BG Maryland
BH Houston
BI Mount St. Mary's
BJ ASA
BK New Hampshire
BL Xavier
BM Lehigh
BN Wagner
BO UMass/Lowell
BP Rutgers
BQ Charlotte
BR Stony Brook
BS Adelphi
BT Yale
BU Iona
BV Albany
BW Virginia
BX Fordham
BY Buffalo
BZ Monroe
Race Preview The Oregon Ducks, led by their sophomore phenom Edward Cheserek, will try to defend their championships in the men’s DMR and 4-by-mile at this year’s Penn Relays.

Cheserek, the Kenyan native who ran high school in New Jersey, ran the anchor leg on last year’s winning distance medley relay and the second leg in the 4xmile, for which he was named athlete of the meet for men’s relays. He won the same award for St. Benedict’s Prep, of Newark, in 2012 in the high school division. Cheserek anchored the winning DMR indoors at this year’s NCAA championships, helping lead the Ducks to the team title. He also won last year’s outdoor 10,000-meter championship and has won two NCAA cross country titles.

The Ducks have a number of interchangeable parts for the other legs of the two relay teams, including such milers as Eric Jenkins (3:58), the NCAA 3,000 indoor champion; Colby Alexander (3:59), New Jersey native Jeramy Elkaim (3:59), Daniel Winn (3:57) and Johnny Gregorek (3:57), son of the former Georgetown star John Gregorek. Penciled in for the 400 and 800 in the DMR are Marcus Chambers and Niki Franzmair (1:46).

Jenkins also ran on last year’s 4xmile team, which ran 16:09 and won going away by 8 seconds. In the DM, only Cheserek returns from a year ago. That team also won handily, running 9:25 to win by 3 ½ seconds.

Hometown Villanova figures to be a factor in all three distance relay races, in which they got a 1st, a 2nd and a 3rd a year ago. Coach Marcus O’Sullivan’s Wildcats won the 4x8 last year for the first time in 22 years, finished 2nd in the DMR and 3rd in the 4xmile, trailing Oregon and Stanford.

Josh Lampron and Dusty Solis return from last year’s 4x8; Jordan Williamsz, Sam McEntee and Dusty Solis are back in the DMR. This year in the 4xmile, Villanova lists Robert Denault (3:58 mile), McEntee (3:36 1500), Patrick Tiernan (3:46) and Williamsz (3:36); in the DMR it’s Denault, Williamsz, Cory Serfoss and Elliot Slade, and in the 4x8 Lampron, Solis, Ben Malone and Chris FitzSimons. ‘Nova has had good success recently in the DMR, taking it in 2009 and 2011, but it hasn’t struck gold in the 4xmile since ’93.

In addition to Oregon, also from the west coast comes Coach Chris Miltenberg’s Stanford squad, which has solid lineups in all three races, including Justin Brinkley (3:43), Luke Lefebure (1:47), Sean McGorty (3:59), Thomas Coyle (3:59), Maksim Korolev (4:02) and Erik Olson (4:02). A Virginia native, McGorty is the Penn Relays meet recordholder in the high school boys’ mile.

Stanford won the 4x8 and 4xmile in 2001, its only men’s championships at the Relays.

Penn State and Georgetown are also in the mix. Penn State, led by Robby Creese and Brannon Kidder, was runnerup a year ago in the 4x8, an event they won the previous two years. Georgetown was 3rd a year ago in the 4x8, 7th in the 4xmile and 9th in the DMR. Their last victory in any of those three came in the 4x8 in 2004.

Other top seeds include Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Adams State in the 4xmile; Indiana, Columbia and Duke in the DMR, and Indiana, Duke and Texas A&M in the 4x8. Indiana has not won a championship at the Relays in 61 years. Duke’s last men’s title was in ’72.

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Event History

Relays Top 10
7:11.17 Penn State 1985
7:12.15 Virginia 2011
7:12.29 Villanova 1982
7:12.62 Georgetown 1982
7:12.81 Richmond 1982
7:12.90 Penn State 2011
7:13.48 Arkansas 1982
7:13.75 Georgetown 2004
7:13.87 Arkansas 1999
7:13.95 Georgetown 1985
Recent Champions
2014 Villanova 7:16.58
2013 Penn State 7:14.14
2012 Penn State 7:19.76
2011 Virginia 7:12.15
2010 Virginia 7:15.38
2009 Texas 7:16.33
2008 Texas 7:23.51
2007 Columbia 7:22.64
2006 Oral Roberts 7:18.74
2005 Michigan 7:22.59
Most Victories
20 Villanova
10 Michigan
10 Georgetown
10 Penn
7 Penn State
6 Yale
5 Fordham
4 Columbia
3 Boston College
3 Dartmouth

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