Former N.J. high school star in the running for NYC Half Marathon win

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Edward Cheserek grew up in Kenya, displayed an exceptional talent for running and ended up with a scholarship at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, where he smashed several state high school records and gained national recognition. Now 29, and several years removed from winning a record 17 NCAA titles at the University of Oregon, Cheserek is turning his focus to longer races and seeking a breakthrough victory Sunday at the New York City Half Marathon. Cheserek finished second in last year’s NYC Half, just seven seconds behind the winner, on a 13.1-mile course that starts in Brooklyn, crosses the M…

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