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Edward Cheserek goes the distance for St. Benedict’s

September, 27, 2011
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It only took one meet for Edward Cheserek to make his mark on the 2011 cross country season. The St. Benedict's junior shattered the Garret Mountain course record by 22 seconds, blazing a time of 14:53 at this past Saturday's Passaic Coaches Invitational. What's more, Cheserek beat the field by a whopping 107 seconds!

But for all of Cheserek's accomplishments, his life journey may be his greatest feat.


We spoke with Cheserek in September for a story that appeared in the October issue of ESPNHS magazine.


Last year, Sandburg (Orland Park, Ill.) distance superstar Lukas Verzbicas accomplished just about everything a runner can in one year. He became the first to win both the Nike Cross Nationals and the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in the same year, broke the four-minute mark in the mile, won the Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year award and was lauded as the next great young distance runner.

And yet, at the NXN meet in Portland, Ore., last December, a difference of only two seconds could have shifted the entire discussion.

That’s because St. Benedict’s harrier Edward Cheserek, a Kenyan-born distance phenom, was nipping on his heels the whole race before finishing a close second.

Now, in just his second year in the United States, the junior has a chance to do everything the Lithuanian-born Verzbicas did last season.

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