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Women's XC Team Receives Bid to NCAA Championships
Release Date: 11/13/2011
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EUGENE, Ore.  - Oregon's women's cross country team was extended one of 13 at-large bids to the NCAA Championships on Sunday. The national meet will be held Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Led by Jordan Hasay's individual win, the 11th-ranked Ducks finished fourth at the NCAA West Regional Championships Saturday at Stanford and were one of seven teams from the deep West Region to advance to Terre Haute.

The women will be making their fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships, which is Oregon's longest such run since going to six straight NCAA meets from 1990-95.

The West, represented by regional champ Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Stanford and San Francisco, will have the most teams of any region at the NCAA Championships.

In addition to those teams, defending champion Villanova leads the 31-team field. Other teams competing in the championships include Arkansas, Brigham Young, Boston College, Colorado, Minnesota, Florida State, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Iowa State, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, New Mexico, Toledo, North Carolina State, Weber State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Texas, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

The Ducks had four runners finish in the top 23 at the Regional meet, including Hasay, Bronwyn Crossman (15th), Claire Michel (21st) and Lanie Thompson (23rd).

The men will be represented by Luke Puskedra, who advanced as an individual by virtue of his sixth-place finish in the men's regional meet on Saturday. The senior from Ogden, Utah, was third at the 2010 NCAA Championships.

The men's team struggled to a sixth-place finish at the Regional meet and will not be a part of the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2005.

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