EUGENE, Ore. - The third-ranked Women of Oregon and the third-ranked BYU men highlight the seventh annual Bill Dellinger invitational, which takes place on Saturday at the Springfield Country Club. The women's 5,000 meter race begins at 10:30 a.m., while the men's 8,000 meter run goes off at 11:15 a.m.
The women's race features an interesting match-up of the last two individual Dellinger champions. Hannah Kiser of Idaho was the 2011 winner in 16:45.71, while Oregon's Jordan Hasay took the 2010 title in 16:39.71. Hasay did not race in the Dellinger meet a year ago.
The Ducks are the top women's team in the meet at No. 3 in the nation and No. 2 in the West. Other regionally ranked squads competing include Southern Utah, No. 8 in the Mountain Region, and Gonzaga (No. 12) and UC Riverside (No. 15) in the West.
The men's teams are led by the third-ranked Cougars, who are also the top team in the Mountain Region. Oregon checks in at No. 23 nationally and No. 4 in the West, while Washington is No. 10 in the West. Additional ranked men's teams include No. 14 Gonzaga and No. 15 Sacramento State in the West and No. 11 Southern Utah from the Mountain.
The meet will be the final home cross country appearance for Hasay, the 2011 NCAA runner-up, and six other Duck seniors - Becca Friday, Anne Kesselring, Sarah Penney, Taylor Wallace, Alexi Pappas and Katie Conlon. Pappas (Dartmouth) and Conlon (Jamestown, N.D., College) are fifth year transfers in their first season with the Ducks. The Dellinger will also mark the Oregon debuts of freshmen Annie Leblanc, Abbey Leonardi, Skylar Evans and Allie Woodward.
For the men, senior Trevor Dunbar will make his lone home cross country appearance in a Duck uniform. The transfer from Portland will be joined by juniors Tim Costin, Ben DeJarnette, Mitch Hunt and Parker Stinson, and sophomores Colby Alexander, Ryan Pickering, Cole Watson and Daniel Winn. Among the Ducks running for the first time in the green and yellow will be senior transfer Patrick Todd (Virginia) and freshmen Chris Brewer, Joe Holvey and Chad Noelle.
BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL WOMEN'S RACE
Time: 10:30 a.m. PDT
Length: 5,000 Meters
5K Course Record: 16:22.92, Sheila Reid, Villanova, 10-2-09
Teams (7): UC Riverside, Gonzaga, Idaho, Nevada Oregon, Seattle U. and Southern Utah, plus individuals from Washington.
Rankings: Oregon is the top ranked team coming into the Dellinger at No. 3 nationally and No. 2 in the West. A number of other teams are ranked regionally, including Southern Utah, ranked eighth in the Mountain Region, and Gonzaga (No. 12) and UC Riverside (No. 15) in the West.
Oregon Entries: The Ducks have Jordan Hasay, the 2010 Dellinger champ and 2011 NCAA runner-up, as just one of seven seniors among their entries. Others include fifth-year transfers Alexi Pappas (Dartmouth) and Katie Conlon (Jamestown College), as well as letterwinners Becca Friday, Anne Kesselring, Sarah Penney and Taylor Wallace. Oregon also lists sophomore Megan Patrignelli as well as freshmen Annie Leblanc, Abbey Leonardi, Skylar Evans and Allie Woodward.
Defending Champs Square Off: The last two Dellinger Invitational individual champions will meet on Saturday. Hannah Kiser of Idaho was the 2011 winner in 16:45.71, while Oregon's Jordan Hasay was the 2010 champion in 16:39.71.
BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL MEN'S RACE
Time: 11:15 a.m. PDT
Length: 8,000 Meters
8K Course Record: 22:55.14, Galen Rupp, Oregon, 10-31-08
Teams (10): Brigham Young, UC Riverside, Gonzaga, Idaho, Massachusetts, Oregon, Sacramento State, Seattle U., Southern Utah and Washington.
Rankings: BYU is ranked No. 3 in the nation, while the Ducks hold down the No. 23 spot. The Cougars are the top-ranked team in the Mountain Region, while Oregon is No. 4 in the West. Other regionally ranked teams include No. 10 Washington, No. 14 Gonzaga and No. 15 Sacramento State from the West, and No. 11 Southern Utah from the Mountain.
Oregon Entries: This will be the one and only home appearance for senior Trevor Dunbar, a transfer from Portland. Also returning to the Dellinger are juniors Tim Costin, Ben DeJarnette, Mitch Hunt and Parker Stinson, and sophomores Colby Alexander, Ryan Pickering, Cole Watson and Daniel Winn. Newcomers running for the Ducks include senior transfer Partick Todd (Virginia) and freshmen Chris Brewer, Joe Holvey and Chad Noelle.
The place of the first five finishers counts toward the team score. First place is worth one point, second place two points, etc. Low score wins.
Ducks to Don Pink for Dellinger Invitational
The University of Oregon men's and women's cross country teams will be wearing pink at Saturday's Bill Dellinger Invitational. The Ducks will be donning special singlets in recognition of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Men and Women of Oregon will wear a white singlet with "OREGON" in classic lettering arced across the chest. The throwback style top is based on what the Duck men wore in 1969 when a freshman named Steve Prefontaine led Oregon to its first cross country NCAA title.
Fans attending Saturday's race are encouraged to wear pink.
For more information on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.nbcam.org.
Following the Dellinger meet, four singlets will be auctioned on site at the Dellinger Invitational be representatives of the Susan G. Komen Race For a Cure organization, while the remainder will be auctioned online at goducks.com.
KIDS' FUN RUN
After the men's race, kids 12 and under are invited to participate in a brief fun run on the Springfield Course that will conclude at the finish line. Members of the Oregon track and field team will assist with the Kids' Fun Run that is being co-sponsored by City of Eugene Recreation.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 3K
Following the awards ceremony, there will be a boys and girls middle school 3,000 meters. Participants are encouraged to preregister at Athletics.net, or contact Kim McManus with the City of Eugene at 541 682 6343.
AWARDS CEREMONY at Noon.
Immediately following the awards ceremony, there will be an autograph session with Oregon coaches and student-athletes near the finish line.
Spectator parking will be at the Mohawk Elementary School on Sunderman Road. Shuttle buses will then transport spectators to the course at the Springfield Country Club. The shuttles will run continuously from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please allow sufficient time to use the park-and-ride shuttle.
To reach the Mohawk Elementary School:
- Take 105E/126E and stay on 126E for 7 miles.
- Take the 42nd Street/Marcola exit and make a left on 42nd street for 0.4 miles.
- Make a right on Marcola for 5.5 miles, going 1 mile past the Springfield Country Club.
- Turn right on Sunderman Road.
Signs will be posted on the roads directing traffic to the park-and-ride lot at Mohawk Elementary School.
The Springfield Country Club will be the site of the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Athletes will race entirely on grass and mostly on fairways on the back nine holes along the Mohawk River. The course consists of three relatively flat loops-an outer loop, and inner loop, and a finish loop. The outer loop is approximately 2,320 meters in length, the inner loop is approximately 2,150 meters in length, and the finishing loop is approximately 1,350 meters in length. Fans are reminded they are NOT allowed to walk on greens or tee boxes, and are asked to stay off fairways as much as possible.
The Oregon men and women both have four team titles at the Dellinger. The Duck women have won two straight, while the men were last victorious in 2010.
Wisconsin, which went on to win the 2011 NCAA title, captured the men's crown a year ago.
Eventual NCAA champion Villanova was the 2009 women's Dellinger winner, which followed Oregon's back-to-back wins in 2007-08. Arkansas captured the inaugural women's crown in 2006.
The Men of Oregon took the first three titles from 2006-08 before Alabama snapped the men's three-year winning streak in 2009.
Individually, Hannah Kiser of Idaho won the 2011 women's race. Jordan Hasay of Oregon won the 2010 title, Sheila Reid of Villanova was the 2009 medalist, and Oregon women won in 2008 (Alexandra Kosinski) and 2007 (Nicole Blood). Kassi Anderson of Brigham Young won the first Dellinger women's title in 2006.
For the men, Cam Levins of Southern Utah took medalist honors in 2011. Oregon crowned its first medalist in 2010 when Matthew Centrowitz led his teammates across the line. Josh Rohatinsky of Brigham Young won the initial title in 2006, Matt Withrow of Wisconsin won in 2007, David Kinsella of Portland claimed the 2008 title and Tyson David of Alabama was the 2009 medalist.
Since its inception, the Bill Dellinger Invitational has drawn top-ranked teams from around the nation to compete in Track Town, USA.
The men have entertained the likes of Wisconsin, Alabama, Texas, Duke, Villanova, Texas-El Paso, Brigham Young, Penn State, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Georgia and Portland, in addition to Pac-10 rivals UCLA and Washington. The tradition went international in 2010 with the University of Guelph from Ontario, Canada.
The women have welcomed Villanova, Arkansas, Duke, Penn State, Baylor, Indiana, Wisconsin, Brigham Young, Wake Forest, Georgia and Texas-El Paso as well as Pac-10 rivals Oregon State, UCLA and Washington. Like the men, the women had an international field in 2010 with the University of Guelph.
2006 BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL
Pre's Trail, Alton Baker Park, Eugene, Ore. (Sept. 29, 2006)
1, Oregon, 47. 2, Portland, 89. 3, Brigham Young, 102. 4, Alabama, 135. 5, Cal Poly, 144. 6, California, 163. T7, Washington, 183; Butler, 183. 9, Texas, 189. 10, Duke, 243. 11, Utah State, 270. 12, American, 325. 13, Wake Forest, 356.
1, Josh Rohatinsky, Brigham Young, 22:58.37. 2, Galen Rupp, Oregon, 23:09.03. 3, John Moore, Portland, 23:19.09. 4, Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott, Oregon, 23:28.18. 5, Scott Overall, Butler, 23:31.41.
1, Arkansas, 35. 2, Brigham Young, 55. 3, Wake Forest, 117. 4, Washington, 119. 5, Duke, 132. 6, Butler, 158. 7, Indiana, 170. 8, California, 179. 9, Portland, 231. 10, Oregon, 247. 11, Utah State, 264.
1, Kassi Anderson, Brigham Young, 19:54.09. 2, Michelle Sikes, Wake Forest. 20:10.91. 3, Emily McCabe, Duke, 20:31.68. 4, Dani Parry, Arkansas, 20:39.99. 5, Amy Fowler, Brigham Young, 20:43.43.
2007 BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL
Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ore. (Sept. 29, 2007)
1, Oregon, 54. 2, Wisconsin, 73. 3, Alabama, 111. 4, Portland, 137. 5, UCLA, 147. 6, Texas-El Paso, 148. 7, Washington, 176. 8, Cal Poly, 183. 9, New Mexico, 221. 10, Ohio State, 292. 11, Colorado State, 302. 12, Duke, 330. 13, Utah State, 343. 14, Marquette, 352. 15, Georgia, 369.
1, Matt Withrow, Wisconsin, 23:20. 2, Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott, Oregon, 23:24. 3, Emmanuel Bor, Alabama, 23:26. 4, Augustus Maiyo, Alabama, 23:30. 5, Austin Ramos, UCLA, 23:37.
1, Oregon, 65. 2, Arkansas, 90. 3, Washington, 93. 4, Colorado State, 95. 5, Brigham Young, 104. 6, Georgia, 163. 7, Portland, 178. 8, Wake Forest, 187. 9, Marquette, 301. 10, New Mexico, 302. 11, UCLA, 323. T12, Montana, 324; Oregon State, 324. 14, Utah State, 361. 15, Texas-El Paso, 403.
1, Nicole Blood, Oregon, 20:04. 2, Katie Follett, Washington, 20:17. 3, Alexandra Kosinski, Oregon, 20:24. 4, April Thomas, Colorado State, 20:27. 5, Katie Bowen, Brigham Young, 20:31.
2008 BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL
Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ore. (Oct. 4, 2008)
1, Oregon, 49. 2, Portland, 56. 3, Alabama, 62. 4, UCLA, 106. 5, Cal Poly, 144. 6, Weber State, 158. 7, Texas-El Paso, 166. 8, Colorado State, 186. 9, Penn State, 221.
1, David Kinsella, Portland, 24:02.68. 2, Alfred Kipchumba, Portland, 24:05.48. 3, Luke Puskedra, Oregon, 24:06.90. 4, Augustus Maiyo, Alabama, 24:12.70. 5, Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott, Oregon, 24:14.41.
1, Oregon, 23. 2, Arkansas, 60. 3, Penn State, 107. 4, Wake Forest, 115. 5, Brigham Young, 126. 6, Portland, 7, Cal State Fullerton, 175. 8, Colorado State, 177. 9, Texas-El Paso, 236.
1, Alex Kosinski, Oregon, 20:19.90. 2, Melissa Grelli, Oregon, 20:20.51. 3, Catherine White, Arkansas, 20:30.55. 4, Nicole Blood, Oregon, 20:39.56. 5, Bridget Franek, Penn State, 20:43.96.
2009 BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL
Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ore. (Oct. 10, 2009)
1, Alabama, 53. 2, Brigham Young, 63. 3, Oregon, 71. 4, Portland, 73. 5, Villanova, 99. 6, Cal Poly, 173. 7, Texas-El Paso, 196. 8, Colorado State, 207. 9, Weber State, 238. 10, San Francisco, 261.
1, Tyson David, Alabama, 23:37.71. 2, Moses Kiptoo, Alabama, 23:38.38. 3, Miles Batty, Brigham Young, 23:39.61. 4, Matthew Centrowitz, Oregon, 23:39.87. 5, Hugo Beamish, Villanova, 23:40.96.
1, Villanova, 22. 2, Oregon, 41. 3, Baylor, 86. 4, Texas-El Paso, 109. 5, Colorado State, 131. 6, San Francisco, 172. 7, Weber State, 178. 8, Oregon State, 195. 9, Portland, 224. 10, Hawaii, 264.
1, Sheila Reid, Villanova, 16:22.92. 2, Alex Kosinski, Oregon, 16:25.55. 3, Tara Erdmann, Unattached, 16:29.51. 4, Amanda Marino, Villanova, 16:30.76. 5, Nicole Shappert, Villanova, 16:33.82.
2010 BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL
Pre's Trail, Alton Baker Park, Eugene, Ore. (Oct. 16, 2010)
1, Oregon, 26. 2, Wisconsin, 38. 3, Guelph, 75. t4, Portland, 123. t4, Idaho, 123. 6, Willamette, 171. 7, Portland State, 191.
1, Matthew Centrowitz, Oregon, 23:38.11. 2, Luke Puskedra, Oregon, 23:38.13. 3, Danny Mercado, Oregon, 23:42.15. 4, Maverick Darling, Wisconsin, 23:42.82. 5, Landon Peacock, Wisconsin, 23:44.73.
1, Oregon, 18. 2, Guelph, 59. 3, Idaho, 74. 4, Oregon State, 105. 5, Portland, 134. 6, Portland State, 166.
1, Jordan Hasay, Oregon, 19:25.31. 2, Alex Kosinski, Oregon, 19:25.33. 3, Rachel Cliff, Guelph, 19:50.44. 4, Zoe Buckman, Oregon, 20:05.64. 5, Anne Kesselring, Oregon, 20:08.34.
2011 BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL
Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ore. (Oct. 1, 2011)
1, Wisconsin, 24. 2, Oregon, 59. 3, Southern Utah, 104. 4, Idaho, 110. 5, UC Riverside, 113. 6, UC Irvine, 161. 7, Wichita State, 180. 8, Cal State Fullerton, 201. 9, Portland State, 272.
1, Cam Levins, Southern Utah, 23:10.51. 2, Reed Connor, Wisconsin, 23:18.88. 3, Chad Hall, UC Riverside, 23:18.91. 4, Ryan Collins, Wisconsin, 23:22.79. 5, Mohammed Ahmed, Wisconsin, 23:22.93.
1, Oregon, 26. 2, Wisconsin, 73. 3, Portland, 95. 4, Oregon State, 118. 5, Idaho, 313. 6, Wichita State, 148. 7, Southern Utah, 151. 8, UC Riverside, 198. 9, UC Irvine, 266. 10, Cal State Fullerton, 290.
1, Hannah Kiser, Idaho, 16:45.71. Aliphine Tuliamuk, Wichita State, 16:46.63. Sarah Penney, Oregon, 16:46.97. 4, Becca Friday, Oregon, 16:49.00. 5, Lanie Thompson, Oregon, 16:51.06.
COACHING LEGEND BILL DELLINGER
The meet is named for legendary University of Oregon track and field coach Bill Dellinger. The Springfield, Ore., native and two-time NCAA champion for the Ducks was a three-time Olympian and won a bronze medal in the 5,000 meters at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He set two world indoor records and six American records during his career and in cross country, never lost a race at the high school, collegiate or post-collegiate level. As Oregon's cross country coach from 1968-98, Dellinger guided the Ducks to four NCAA men's titles and 12 top-three finishes. He also counted 13 conference and four district titles. Athletes under his mentorship received 45 cross country All-America honors and won eight Pac-8/Pac-10 championship and six regional crowns.
Combined NCAA Team Titles by Conference, 1958-present
19 Pacific-12 Conference
15 Big East Conference
13 Southeastern Conference
10 Big XII
9 Big Ten
9 Conference USA
The Ducks head to the Pre-Nationals meet at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 13. Following that meet, Oregon will compete at the Beaver Classic on Oct. 19 before the championship season begins with the Pac-12 meet Oct. 27 at Santa Clarita, Calif. (UCLA). That will be followed by the NCAA West Regional Nov. 9 in Seattle.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE TEAMS
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW
On the heels of their third NCAA top-five finish in the last five years, the Women of Oregon figure to be one of the more seasoned and talented squads nationally in 2012.
Senior Jordan Hasay leads a host of upperclassmen rich with postseason experience, while newcomers Alexi Pappas and Allie Woodward could push the Ducks' depth and talent level up several notches this fall.
Hasay is one of seven seniors on the roster, and will undoubtedly be one to watch in 2012. The Arroyo Grande, Calif., native was the 2011 NCAA runner-up, won the NCAA West Regional title and was third at the Pac-12 meet.
She is now the most decorated runner in school history with 14 All-America awards combined between cross country and track and field.
Fortunately, she won't be alone when it comes to leadership. Fellow seniors Becca Friday, Anne Kesselring, Sarah Penney and Taylor Wallace all have run championship-level races.
Kesselring (Nurnberg, Germany) has three NCAA Championships appearances to her credit, while Friday (Bellingham, Wash.) has one, despite the fact that those two are more disposed to the middle distances during the track season.
Penny (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) made her Pac-12 and NCAA West Regional debut in 2012, while Wallace (Klamath Falls, Ore.) has three straight conference cross country appearances.
Junior Lanie Thompson emerged as a consistent fourth runner for the Ducks in 2011. The High Bridge, N.J., native has appeared in every championship level race for the Ducks each of the past two years to join Hasay and Kesselring on a very short list.
The sophomore class is loaded with potential. Molly Grabill (Poway, Calif.) was the only freshman to run in the NCAA Championships for the Ducks in 2011. Megan Patrignelli (Monroe, N.Y.) made her debut at the Pac-12 meet, while middle distance specialist Laura Roesler (Fargo, N.D.) also added depth.
The Ducks will need to replace their No. 2 and No. 3 runners following the graduation of Claire Michel and Bronwyn Crossman.
To that end, Oregon has a pair of transfers and a number of freshmen.
On of the most intriguing newcomers to cross country may already be on the team. Allie Woodward redshirted the 2011 season her first fall in Eugene, but the Green Bay, Wis., native impressed in the spring, taking third in the 10,000 at the Pac-12 championships, before finishing fifth at that distance at the NCAA Championships. She went on to win the U.S. junior title at 5,000 meters and placed eighth at the IAAF World Junior Championships.
She'll be joined by a pair of senior transfers - Alexi Pappas from Dartmouth and Katie Conlon from Jamestown (N.D.) College. Pappas is a talented veteran distance runner who finished third in the steeplechase at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
The Ducks also have a group of freshmen newcomers in Skylar Evans (Midlothian, Va.), Megan Fristoe (Bend, Ore.), Annie Leblanc (Repentigny, Quebec), Abbey Leonardi (Kenebunkport, Maine) and Ashley Maton (Bend, Ore.).
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW
With only three seniors on the roster, Oregon will be a young, but talented team in 2012.
The Ducks graduated four-time All-American Luke Puskedra and fellow senior Chris Kwiatkowski from last season's squad, but return seven runners from the 2011 Pac-12 Championships, and four who appeared at the NCAA West Regional.
The team will be led by Parker Stinson, a junior from Austin, Texas, who was seventh at the Pac-12 meet a year ago and 17th at the Regional. He'll be joined by Jeramy Elkaim, a sophomore from Livingston, N.J., who impressed as a freshman with a 20th-place finish at the league championships and a 38th-place showing at the Regional.
Ryan Pickering also continued the youth movement; the sophomore from West Palm Beach, Fla., was 39th at the 2011 Pac-12 Championships and also qualified for the IAAF World Junior Championships in the 10,000 meters.
The experience on the Oregon squad is impressive.
Junior Ben DeJarnette, from Mechanicsville, Va., has appeared in every championship race for the Ducks over the last two seasons, while Oregon's underclassmen look to become the leaders of the future.
The 2011 season proved to be a great testing ground for sophomores Boru Guyota (Portland, Ore.), Matt Jablonski (Cockeysville, Md.) and Cole Watson (Rogue River, Ore.) who all ran at the Pac-12 Championships.
The Ducks also featured juniors Tim Costin (Springfield, Ore.), Mitch Hunt (Fremont, Neb.) and Hank Morrison (Carmel, Calif.) and sophomores Colby Alexander (Strongsville, Ohio) and Daniel Winn (Portland, Ore.) during the 2011 season.
Oregon had a number of freshmen redshirt the 2012 season, including Chris Brewer (Vista, Calif.), Russell Hornsby (Williamsburg, Va.), Matthew Melancon (Eugene, Ore.) and Chad Noelle (Greene, N.Y.).
The six newcomers for 2012 will make for some intriguing additions to the roster, especially Trevor Dunbar, who should have an immediate impact. The senior from Kodiak, Alaska, was a two-time cross country All-American for the University of Portland before transferring to Oregon in January.
Dunbar was 35th at the NCAA Championships in 2011 as a junior to help the Pilots take eighth in the team competition (30:05, 10,000 meters). He finished 25th as a sophomore at the NCAA meet in 2010 (30:21).
The Ducks have also brought in Freddy Ovett (Melbourne, Australia) and Richard Goodman (London, England) from overseas, as well as transfers Patrick Todd (Virginia) and Matt Miner (Dartmouth) and freshman Joe Holvey from Eugene.
In recent seasons, the men have experienced success on a national level rarely seen in TrackTown USA. Oregon won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2007 and 2008, and followed that with a runner-up finish in 2009. Those results harken back to the era of the legendary Steve Prefontaine, when the Ducks won national titles in 1971, 1973 and 1974, were second in 1970 and third in 1972.
TRACK TOWN, USA, HERITAGE
The last four years have certainly lived up to the heritage established by the legends of TrackTown USA. In 24 NCAA championships and 16 Pac-10 championships, the Men and Women of Oregon have won 14 championships and another 13 silver medals.
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