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Preseason DI Men's Individual Preview: Can Anyone Dethrone The King?

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

September 4, 2015

Can anyone dethrone the King?

It takes only those five words to name the biggest individual storyline for the 2015 men's Division I cross country season.

The monarch in question, of course, is Oregon's Edward Cheserek. After upsetting reigning national champion Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech as a frosh in 2013, the Duck sidestepped a sophomore slump in a furious kick-to-the-finish breakaway NCAA win in 2014.

Coincidentally, five is also the number of individual NCAA titles Cheserek won in his 2014-15 academic year: that cross country crown, indoor mile and distance medley relay wins, and outdoor 5000 and 10,000 trophies.

Without question, that makes Cheserek the most decorated and most feared distance runner in the collegiate ranks. The stamina to outlast the field at 10,000 meters (after all, he once ran for 12 hours), the wheels to win an indoor mile title - he's the complete package.

So, can anyone dethrone the King in 2015?

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