EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men's and women's cross country teams are off to Louisville, Ky., for the 2012 NCAA Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17 at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The women's 6,000 meter race is at 9 a.m. PST, with the men's 10,000 meter race following at 10:15 a.m. The 2012 NCAA Championships will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.ncaa.com.
The Men of Oregon will be returning to the national meet after a rare absence in 2011. Prior to that, the men had made five straight NCAA appearances. This is the sixth straight NCAA meet for the Women of Oregon. The Ducks finished fifth last year for their third top-five showing in the last five years.
The women's team, which won the Pac-12 and NCAA West title for the first time since 1995, has three runners with prior NCAA Championships experience in seniors Jordan Hasay, Becca Friday and Anne Kesselring. Hasay was the national runner-up a year ago, took third as a sophomore in 2010 and was 18th as a freshman in 2009. The senior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., recently won her third straight NCAA West Regional crown and was the runner-up at the Pac-12 Championships.
Kesselring also has three NCAA appearances with a best of 103rd as a freshman in 2009, while Friday was 145th in her lone appearance last season as a junior.
Additionally, senior transfer Katie Conlon has championship-level experience, having run at the NAIA national meet for Jamestown College. She finished eighth as a junior at the 2011 NAIA Championships.
The trip to Louisville would be the first NCAA cross country meet for senior transfer Alexi Pappas (Dartmouth), seniors Sarah Penney and Taylor Wallace, sophomore Megan Patrignelli and freshmen Annie Leblanc, Abbey Leonardi and Allie Woodward.
Like the women, the men have three runners with past NCAA Championships experience in senior Trevor Dunbar and juniors Parker Stinson and Ben DeJarnette.
Dunbar, a transfer from Portland, was a two-time cross country All-American for the Pilots. He finished 35th as a junior in 2011 and 25th as a sophomore in 2010. He also qualified for the NCAA meet as a freshman in 2009.
Stinson and DeJarnette both ran for the Ducks as freshmen at the 2010 NCAA meet. Stinson was 121st in that race.
A number of men would also be making their NCAA debuts, including juniors Tim Costin, Mac Fleet and Mitch Hunt, sophomores Colby Alexander, Jeramy Elkaim, Matt Jablonski, Ryan Pickering, Cole Watson and Daniel Winn, and freshmen Chris Brewer, Matthew Melancon and Chad Noelle.
The Pac-12 will be well-represented again in the women's race with four of the nation's top eight teams in the hunt: No. 2 Oregon, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Arizona and No. 7 Washington. They will compete with top-ranked Florida State, No. 3 Iowa State and defending NCAA champion Georgetown, among others.
For the men, No. 3 Stanford and No. 7 Colorado will be chasing top-ranked Oklahoma State and defending champ Wisconsin. The 16th-ranked Ducks and No. 22 UCLA give the Pac-12 four men's entries.
The 2012 meet will mark a pair of firsts. It will be the first time that Louisville will host the Championships. It will also be the first time the Championships have been conducted on a Saturday since World War II.
Each team is allowed seven runners. Of those, the top five account for the team score and the next two may displace runners from opposing teams.
A live webcast of the NCAA Championships will be available at www.ncaa.com. Live results will also be available vis. www.ncaa.com. Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.
NCAA THREE DOT NOTES
* The Oregon women are making their sixth straight NCAA Championships appearance and 23rd overall.
* The Ducks' six consecutive NCAA bids are the most since making six straight appearances between 1990-95.
* Of the Ducks' previous 22 appearances, nine resulted in trophies (top-four finishes): 2 championships, 4 runner-up finishes, 1 third and two fourths. Oregon also has 16 top-10 finishes in those 22 appearances.
* Oregon finished fifth at the 2012 meet, its third top-five finish in the last five years.
* The Oregon men are making their 32nd appearance overall.
* Of the Ducks' previous 31 appearances, 19 resulted in trophies (top-four finish): 6 championships, 8 runner-up finishes, 4 third-place finishes and a fourth-place finish.
* The 2012 Women's Indoor Track & Field title was the 19th NCAA championship in school history. The others are men's outdoor track & field in 1962, 1964, 1965, 1970 and 1984, women's outdoor track & field in 1985, men's indoor track & field in 2009, women's indoor track & field in 2010 and 2011, men's cross country in 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 2007 and 2008, women's cross country in 1983 and 1987, and men's basketball in 1939. Oregon's acrobatics and tumbling team also won NCATA national titles in 2011-12.
DUCKS AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Women: Oregon has won this event twice, in 1983 and 1987, and has been the runner-up on five other occasions (1979, 1981, 1988, 2007, 2008). UO is one of only seven schools that has won the national title more than one time. The Ducks finished fifth at the 2011 NCAA meet. Oregon has produced 15 top-10 individual finishes at the NCAA Championships, including Jordan Hasay's runner-up showing a year ago and her third-place finish in 2010. Last year in Terre Haut, Ind., Hasay matched Leann Warren for the best individual finish in school history. Warren was the national runner-up in 1981.
Men: Oregon has won this event six times, including the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Championships. Oregon's other titles came in 1971, 1973-74 and 1977. The Ducks are one of just four schools who have won at least six NCAA men's cross country titles. The others are Arkansas, Michigan State and Texas-El Paso. An Oregon individual has won this race on five occasions: Steve Prefontaine, only of only three, three-time NCAA cross country champions, won in 1970-71 and 1973. Alberto Salazar was the 1978 champion and Galen Rupp was the 2008 winner. Last year, senior Luke Puskedra put an exclamation point on his outstanding off-road career by finishing sixth and earning his fourth career All-America award in cross country.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN'S RACE
Time: 12:00 p.m. PST
Length: 6,000 Meters
Results: www.ncaa.com / www.goducks.com
Teams (31): Arkansas, Arizona, Boston College, Butler, Colorado, Connecticut, Cornell, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia, Harvard, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, Providence, Stanford, Texas, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Washington, Weber State, William & Mary.
Oregon Entries: The Duck women have senior Jordan Hasay, the back-to-back NCAA West Regional champion, leading the way. Oregon will fill out the remaining six spots from among the following: seniors, Katie Conlon, Becca Friday, Anne Kesselring, Alexi Pappas, Sarah Penney and Taylor Wallace, sophomore Megan Patrignelli and freshmen Annie Leblanc, Abbey Leonardi and Allie Woodward.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S RACE
Time: 10:15 a.m. PST
Length: 10,000 Meters
Results: www.ncaa.com / www.goducks.com
Teams (31): Arkansas, Brigham Young, Colorado, Columbia, Duke, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia, Iona, Michigan, Michigan State, New Mexico, North Carolina State, Northern Arizona, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Princeton, Portland, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas, Tulsa, UCLA, Villanova, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin.
Oregon Entries: The Ducks will select their starting seven from among the following senior Trevor Dunbar, juniors Tim Costin, Ben DeJarnette, Mitch Hunt and Parker Stinson, sophomores Colby Alexander, Jeramy Elkaim, Matt Jablonski, Ryan Pickering, Cole Watson and Daniel Winn and freshmen Chris Brewer, Matthew Melancon and Chad Noelle.
E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park will host the 2012 NCAA Championships. The women's race will be one loop of 6,000 meters, while the men's race will be two loops of 5,000 meters. The 550- acre park, located in eastern Louisville, is named in honor of former Jefferson County Judge Executive Erbon Powers Sawyer (1915-1969). Louisville was named in honor of King Louis XVI of France for the French monarch's support of the American struggle for independence from Great Britain during the America Revolution. The Ohio River town became a major trading center. Louisville is perhaps most famous for being the home of the Kentucky Derby at famed Churchill Downs.
Louisville is also home to the Mohammed Ali Center, the Louisville Slugger factory and the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the United States. Fort Knox lies just to the south of town. Louisville is also the final resting place of President Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States, and Harland "Colonel" Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken Fame.
HASAY, JOHNSON EARN REGIONAL HONORS FROM USTFCCCA
Jordan Hasay and Robert Johnson earned West Region honors from the USTFCCCA. Hasay, a senior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., claimed the West title for the third-straight time this fall. In this year's regional race, she took the tape in 19:15, six seconds ahead of Cal Poly frosh Laura Hollander. Individually, she placed second at the Pac-12 Championships in leading the Ducks to the league title. She earlier in the fall placed fifth at the Pre-National Invitational. In his first year leading the Ducks, Johnson has Oregon entering their sixth-consecutive NCAA meet. Ending the regular season ranked second in the nation, Oregon earned victories this fall at both the Pac-12 and West regional for the first time since 1995.
NCAA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
Jordan Hasay won her third straight NCAA West Regional crown to lead the third-ranked Oregon women to their first West Region title since 1995 Nov. 9 in Seattle. More importantly both the men's and women's teams qualified for the NCAA Championships. The women received an automatic bid by virtue of their win, while the men were extended an at-large bid.
In the women's race,Hasay broke away from Cal Poly's Laura Hollander and Stanford's Kathy Kroeger with 600 meters remaining to earn her first victory of 2012. The senior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., won in 19:16. Hollander was next in 19:22 with Kroeger, the Pac-12 champion, third in 19:27 over the 6,000 meter course. Hasay became the first Duck to win three straight regional crowns, but that was only half the story for the women. She was one of three Oregon runners to finish in the top 10, and one of six in the top 26 as the Ducks held off challenges from No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Stanford and No. 7 Washington. The Ducks won with 64 points. The Cardinal and Wildcats tied for second with 85 points, while the Huskies took fifth with 96 points.
Freshman Allie Woodward backed Hasay's win with a seventh-place finish in 19:52. That was followed by senior Alexi Pappas' 10th-place showing in 19:54. Oregon's next group also ran well together with senior Sarah Penney 22nd in 20:13, freshman Annie Leblanc 24th in 20:15 and senior Katie Conlon 26th in 20:17. Oregon also saw freshman Abbey Leonardi 34th in 20:36.
The Ducks led from the outset of the race. After 2,000 meters, the Ducks were 17 points up on Washington and 34 ahead of Arizona. At the midway point, Oregon opened up a 23-point margin on Washington and led Arizona by 25. Stanford made a big move with 1,000 meters remaining to pull ahead of Arizona and Washington, but Oregon maintained a comfortable 24-point edge on the Cardinal and a 25-point lead over the Wildcats. The margin never slipped below 20 over the final 1,000 meters. It was the women's 13th NCAA West Regional victory, which now only trails Stanford by one, but was the Ducks' first in 17 years.
Meanwhile, Trevor Dunbar led the men with his third-place individual finish. No. 3 Stanford was strong throughout and won easily with 45 points. The team battle behind the Cardinal ebbed and flowed over the course of the 10,000 meter race. Oregon was second after 2,000 meters and then third, behind Stanford and No. 25 Arizona State, at 4,000 and 6,000 meters. The 11th-ranked Ducks were then able to pass ASU over the next 2,000 meters, but at the same time, No. 9 Portland made its move to forge ahead of Oregon into second. No. 27 UCLA then overtook the Ducks on the final lap as Oregon wound up fourth. The Pilots finished with 107 points, followed by UCLA with 128 and the Ducks with 135. Washington was fifth with 165 points, followed by ASU with 218.
Dunbar, a senior from Kodiak, Alaska, was impressive in his third-place finish. He chased Arizona's outstanding duo of Lawi Lalang and Stephen Sambu the entire race before Lalang pulled away to win in 29:02. Sambu was second in 29:38, with Dunbar crossing the finish line next in 29:43, just a second faster than Stanford's Joe Roda (29:44). The Ducks also received a strong performance from junior Parker Stinson. The Austin, Texas, native was seventh in 29:53. Oregon also had sophomore Jeramy Elkaim 32nd in 30:25, with Matthew Melancon, a freshman from Eugene, Ore., right with in 33rd, also timing 30:25. Sophomore Ryan Pickering's 60th place finish in 30:42 was the Ducks' final scorer.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
Jordan Hasay's runner-up finish led the third-ranked Oregon women to the 2012 Pac-12 cross country championship on a windy Oct. 27 at Robinson Ranch Golf Course. The eighth-ranked men took third.
The Ducks placed three runners in the top five and seven in the top 24 to win their first women's title since 1995, and the eighth in school history. Oregon won with 47 points, followed by No. 5 Arizona with 69, No. 4 Stanford with 82, No. 6 Washington with 92, No. 21 Colorado with 124 and No. 24 UCLA with 172.
Hasay added to her impressive Pac-12 resume with Saturday's runner-up finish in 20:10. The senior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., won this race as a sophomore in 2010 and was third a year ago. Alexi Pappas, a senior transfer from Dartmouth, was fourth in 20:11, while freshman Allie Woodward was fifth in 20:16. The Ducks also counted freshman Annie Leblanc's 17th-place showing in 20:42 and senior Sarah Penney's 19th-place finish in 20:47. For good measure, Oregon also had senior Katie Conlon 23rd in 20:58 and freshman Abbey Leonardi 24th in 21:03, giving the Ducks seven runners in the top 25.
Stanford's Kathy Kroeger was the individual winner in 20:06.
Meanwhile for the men, Trevor Dunbar and Parker Stinson paced the Ducks to a third-place finish by taking third and fourth, respectively. Dunbar, the senior from Kodiak, Alaska, and Stinson, a junior from Austin, Texas, both timed 23:28.
Second-ranked Colorado successfully defended its Pac-12 title with 49 points. No. 3 Stanford was second with 82, followed by Oregon with 105, Arizona State with 105 and No. 15 UCLA with 113.
Oregon also counted a 31st place finish from freshman Matthew Melancon. The Eugene, Ore., native finished in 24:19. Additionally, the men had a 32nd place finish from sophomore Ryan Pickering in 24:22 and a 39th place showing from sophomore Cole Watson. The Rogue River, Ore., runner clocked 25:03.
Arizona's Lawi Lalang won the individual title in 22:49 with his teammate Stephen Sambu second in 22:50.
Oregon's men's and women's cross country teams emerged with a pair of top three finishes Oct. 13 at the Pre-Nationals meet at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The fourth-ranked women ran to a second-place finish, just 15 points back of top-ranked Florida State, while the No. 15 men knocked off five ranked teams en route to a third-place showing. Florida State won the women's 6,000 meter race with 72 points. The Ducks were right on their heels with 87 points. No. 8 Michigan took third with 141 points, followed by defending national champion and sixth-ranked Georgetown (163), Texas (184), No. 17 William & Mary (266) and No. 18 Colorado (273) and No. 24 Villanova tied for seveth at 273.
The margin between the Ducks and Seminoles was razor-thin. Senior Alexi Pappas led the Ducks with a third-place finish in 19:56.9. Senior Jordan Hasay backed that with a fifth-place run in 20:03.4. Oregon also counted an 18th-place finish from Allie Woodward. The freshman from Green Bay, Wis., ran 20:24.6 in her cross country debut. Freshman Annie Leblanc was 27th in 20:41.2 and senior Sarah Penney was 34th in 20:48.1. FSU countered with Violah Lagat in fourth, Colleen Quigley sixth, Amanda Winslow 14th, Kayleigh Tyerman 17th and Jessica Parry 31st, with Tyerman's 17th-place showing as the Seminoles' No. 4 runner accounting for most of their 15-point margin. The women also had sophomore Megan Patrignelli 42nd in 20:57.9 and freshman Abbey Leonardi 52nd in 21:05.8. Wichita State's Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton won the women's title in 19:43.9, while Risper Kimaiyo of Texas-El Paso was second in 19:46.0.
Defending Pac-12 champion Colorado won the men's race. The seventh-ranked Buffalos were impressive in scoring 72 points. No. 3 Brigham Young was second with 127 points with the 15th-ranked Ducks scoring 152 points for third place. No. 14 Florida State was fourth with 275 points, followed by Duke (287), Virginia Tech (288) No. 9 Tulsa (292), No. 12 Villanova (338) and No. 20 Georgetown (351).
Trevor Dunbar led Oregon with his fifth place finish. The senior from Kodiak, Alaska, covered the 8,000 meter course in 23:20.5. Junior Parker Stinson took ninth in 23:24.8, while junior Ben DeJarnette continued his solid junior season with a 28th-place showing in 23:52.3. Sophomore Cole Watson was 49th in 24:02.4 with fellow sophomore Daniel Winn 61st in 24:06.8. Also for the Ducks, freshman Matthew Melancon was 65th in 24:12.0. In the men's open race, freshman Chris Brewer ran ninth in 24:32.3. UTEP's Anthony Rotich was the men's individual champion in 23:01.0.
DELLINGER INVITATIONAL RECAP
Senior transfer Alexi Pappas led the Oregon women to the Dellinger team title, while senior transfer Trevor Dunbar captured the men's individual title on a warm and sunny Sept. 29 at Springfield Country Club. Pappas pushed through the finish line to finish just ahead of former Washington runner Christine Babcock. Pappas' time of 16:23 was the second-fastest in Dellinger meet history and less than a second off the meet record of 16:22.92 set by NCAA Champion Sheila Reid of Villanova in 2009. Dunbar, a senior transfer from the University of Portland, brought home the men's title in 23:38.
Pappas, a transfer from Dartmouth led a 1-3-5-6-7 finish for the Ducks as No. 3 Oregon easily won their third straight Dellinger team title with 18 points. Southern Utah was second with 73, Gonzaga finished third with 87, UC Riverside was fourth with 98 points and Idaho scored 125 points to round out the top five. Nevada was sixth with 135 points and Seattle U. was seventh with 203. In addition to Pappas, the women had freshman Annie Leblanc third in 16:59, senior Sarah Penney fifth in 17:02, senior Katie Conlon sixth in 17:03 and senior Jordan Hasay seventh in 17:04. Oregon also saw sophomore Megan Patrignelli 10th in 17:10, freshman Abbey Leonardi 12th in 17:13, senior Becca Friday 17th in 17:28, senior Taylor Wallace 19th in 17:33 and senior Anne Kesselring 23rd in 17:38.
Meanwhile Dunbar led an entertaining men's race that saw the 23rd-ranked Ducks challenge No. 3 Brigham Young throughout. With a lap remaining, both teams had four runners in the top 10, and it wasn't until the final 1,000 meters that the Cougars edged ahead to claim their first Dellinger crown.
BYU scored 32 points to win, followed by Oregon with 49, Southern Utah with 111, Washington with 114 and Gonzaga with 130. Seattle U. was sixth with 181 points, followed by Sacramento State (185), Massachusetts (223), UC Riverside (233) and Idaho (240).
Dunbar, from Kodiak, Alaska, won for the Ducks with junior Ben Dejarnette third in 23:49. BYU was impressive with Jared Ward second in 23:40 to lead eight Cougars who finished in the top 15. Oregon also counted an 11th-place finish from junior Parker Stinson in 24:00, a 16th-place finish from sophomore Cole Watson in 24:07 and a 22nd-place finish from sophomore Daniel Winn in 24:25. The Ducks had freshman Matthew Melancon finish 26th in 24:29 in his first race as a Duck, sophomore Ryan Pickering 29th in 24.33 and freshman Chris Brewer 40th in 24:49.
DUCKS DON PINK FOR DELLINGER INVITATIONAL
The University of Oregon men's and women's cross country teams wore pink at the Sept. 29 Bill Dellinger Invitational. The Ducks donned the special singlets in recognition of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Men and Women of Oregon wore 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.
The singlets are being auctioned at www.goducks.com.
For more information on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.nbcam.org.
PIER PARK INVITATIONAL RECAP
Cole Watson and Anne Kesselring led the Oregon cross country teams to a sweep of the season-opening Pier Park Invitational Sept. 1 in the Rose City. The top-ranked Duck women easily won the four-way dual meet, defeating Oregon State 15-50, Portland 15-48 and Portland State 15-49. The 22nd-ranked men also dominated their three-way dual, beating No. 7 Portland 17-46 and Portland State 15-50.
The first four Duck women to cross the finish line were seniors, led by Kesselring, who covered the 5,000 meter course in 17:11.00. A pair of Ducks making their Oregon debut were next. Dartmouth transfer Alexi Pappas took second in 17:12.9, while Katie Conlon, a transfer from Jamestown (N.D.) College, was right behind in 17:13.2. Sarah Penney, another senior, followed in fourth for the Ducks in 17:13.5. Sophomore Megan Patrignelli wrapped up the Oregon sweep with a fifth-place finish in 17:13.7. The women also had senior Taylor Wallace, from Klamath Falls, Ore., seventh in 17:28.0 and senior Becca Friday 10th in 17:50.4.
Watson led a 1-2-3 sweep for the Duck men. The sophomore from Rogue River, Ore., covered the 6,000 meter course in 17:52.69. Junior Ben DeJarnette was a step back in second in 17:53.00, with Daniel Winn, a graduate of Portland's Cleveland High School, third in 18:02.22. Portland's Aiden Irish broke up the Duck runners with his fourth-place finish in 18:03.91. Chris Brewer, a freshman from Vista, Calif., in his Oregon debut, finished fifth in 18:06.00. The Ducks also saw junior Tim Costin in sixth. The Springfield, Ore., native ran 18:08.06 as the team's final scorer. The Ducks also had sophomore Colby Alexander in seventh in 18:11.66 and Eugene's Matthew Melancon eighth in 18:12.81. Freshman Joe Holvey, also from Eugene, was 24th in 19:21.31.
In the last half century, no other conference can match the league's combined 19 NCAA men's and women's team championships in cross country.
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
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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