EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Track Club Elite’s Jordan McNamara put an exclamation point on an outstanding 2014 season with a come-from-behind victory at the 34th annual Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City on Saturday.
McNamara, the former University of Oregon standout, used a last-second lean to win the prestigious race in a time of 3 minutes, 51.0 seconds.
In a photo finish, the 26-year-old McNamara edged runner-up Garrett Heath, who was also timed in 3:51.0, Ireland’s Paul Robinson (3:51.1) and Kenya’s Augustine Choge (3:51.2).
As an Oregon freshman, he won cross country nationals. He begins his sophomore year shouldering high expectations—but says he’s in much better shape than last fall.
It’s easy to admire Edward Cheserek after his freshman year at the University of Oregon. First, he upset Kennedy Kithuka in Terre Haute last November, and became the fifth freshman to win a NCAA cross country crown. But that was mere prelude to Cheserek’s exploits on the track, where he claimed indoor titles at 3,000m and 5,000m in March. In June, he zipped through a 53.17 final lap to win the 10,000m before finishing