Junior, distances, 5-7, 128 pounds

JUST THE FACTS: Cheserek, competing against professional and college runners, finished eighth in the 5,000-meter run in a national high school indoor record 13:57.04 at the 105th Millrose Games last Saturday at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York. The former record of 14:06.78 was set last year by Lukas Verzbicas of Illinois. Cheserek was in the same race at Millrose as U.S. Olympian Bernard Lagat, who won in an American record 13:07.15.
Photo: Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict's Prep is The Star-Ledger Top Performer of the Week in boys indoor track.

REACTION: ''I felt good getting a record held by Lukas Verzbicas. I was very excited.''

ON BEING ON STARTING LINE WITH BERNARD LAGAT: ''I was honored to be with those guys on the starting line, but I knew the race was going to be tough because those guys are world-class runners.

ON RUNNING AGAINST PROS: ''This kind of race was much more competitive than high school races usually are, and I knew that I had to run fast to do well.''

REST OF SCHEDULE: Eastern States on Feb. 28 in New York. New Balance Nationals, March 9-11 in New York.

PERSONAL BESTS: 800 - 1:52.13. One mile - 4:02.21. Two mile - 8:42.66. 5,000 - 13:57.04.

HIGHLIGHT OF CAREER: ''I like cross-country the most, so maybe winning the Foot Locker Cross-Country National Championship is the highlight so far.''

CRAZIEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU AT A MEET:  ``So many people wanting pictures and autographs after races. This is kind of nice, but humbling.''

GOALS: ``For the season it's to win national sprint medley relay and two-mile and maybe the mile. Longer term, it's to go to the Olympics.''

FAVORITE TRACK ATHLETE: ''Bernard Lagat. He is a great runner and a very nice person."

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Any sports channels.

FAVORITE FOOD: "All kinds of chicken."

TRADING PLACES: ''Head of the Olympics, because I love sports.''

PRESIDENT FOR A DAY: ''Bring people together. Make the economy better so that people were not so poor.''

IN 10 YEARS ...: ''To be an Olympian.''