College Men's 4xMile Championship of America Invitational

Event 458Saturday 1:15 PM
Presented by PECO
A Wall of Fame Event in Honor of John Gregorek, St. Anthony’s (Smithtown, NY) HS ‘78, Georgetown ‘82
NR Oregon 16:03.24 2009 Matthew Centrowitz (3:59.53), Andrew Wheating (3:59.60), Shadrack Biwott (4:05.20), Galen Rupp (3:58.91)
AR Athletics West 16:08.54 1984 Dan Aldridge (4:03.4), Doug Padilla (4:04.7), Tom Smith (4:01.9), Chuck Aragon (3:58.6)
PR Michigan 16:04.54 2005 Andrew Ellerton (4:05.9), Mike Woods (4:03.0), Nick Willis (3:56.2), Nate Brannen (3:59.4)
FF Michigan 16:04.54 2005 Andrew Ellerton (4:05.9), Mike Woods (4:03.0), Nick Willis (3:56.2), Nate Brannen (3:59.4)

Start List

ID School/Affiliation
AA Oregon
AB Stanford
AC Villanova
AD Adams State
AE Oklahoma
AF Penn State
AG Georgetown
AH Texas
AI Michigan
AJ Wisconsin
AK Columbia
AL Penn
AM Indiana
AO Dartmouth
AP Cornell
AQ Princeton
AR Buffalo
AS Yale
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.


Event History

Relays Top 10
16:04.54 Michigan 2005
16:07.96 Arkansas 1999
16:08.81 Arkansas 2000
16:09.67 Oregon 2014
16:09.84 Arkansas 2002
16:10.6 Villanova 1974
16:11.65 Arkansas 1998
16:14.4 Manhattan 1974
16:14.92 Arkansas 2006
16:15.14 Oregon 2010
Recent Champions
2014 Oregon 16:09.67
2013 Oregon 16:17.57
2012 Princeton 16:16.79
2011 Princeton 16:19.98
2010 Oregon 16:15.14
2009 Arkansas 16:16.11
2008 Texas 16:29.50
2007 Texas 16:21.57
2006 Arkansas 16:14.92
2005 Michigan 16:04.54
Most Victories
20 Arkansas
18 Villanova
15 Michigan
9 Penn
8 Penn State
5 Cornell
4 Manhattan
4 Indiana
3 Oregon

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