Arizona Wildcats social media reactions: Lawi Lalang earns historic eighth NCAA title


Arizona senior runner Lawi Lalang is to the Wildcats’ track and field program what Sean Elliott was to basketball. He is a gem in his sport that does not come around too often.

Lalang out-kicked Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek in dramatic fashion in the final lap to win the 5,000 meters tonight at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore. Lalang finished in a meet-record 13 minutes, 18.36 seconds for his eighth NCAA title. Cheserek took the lead on the final lap but Lalang, who defended his 5,000-meter title from last year, surged ahead in the final 100 meters. Cheserek, who won the 10,000 meters Wednesday night, finished in 13.18.71. Lalang, who also will run the 1,500 meters Saturday, is the first to win back-to-back titles in the 5K since Wisconsin’s Chris Solinsky in 2006-07.

On the flipside of emotions, Arizona redshirt freshman running back Pierre Cormier announced on his Facebook wall that his football career is over because of a medical condition. Cormier was to compete with at least four other running backs for carries in 2014 with Ka’Deem Carey off to the NFL.

Nick Johnson’s NBA workout tour continued in Denver today. Johnson loves the game of basketball but the non-stop workouts mixed in with having to catch flights has to be taking its toll. He seems to be as spry as ever, however. He worked out for the L.A. Clippers, Houston and Denver this week. Minnesota is up next. publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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