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Ducks Geared Up for NCAA Championships
Release Date: 11/20/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon’s cross country teams return to Terre Haute, Ind., for the 2013 NCAA Championships on Saturday, Nov. 23, with an eye on bringing home the hardware that results from a top-four finish.

The 2013 Championships will be contested at Indiana State’s LaVern Gibson Championship Course for the first time in two years. The men’s 10,000 meter race will lead things off at 9 a.m. Pacific, with the women’s 6,000 meter championship following at 10:15 a.m. A live webcast of the races will be available at

The Women of Oregon come into the meet ranked 17th nationally and received an at-large bid following their third place finish at the NCAA West Regional. The Duck women are the defending NCAA Champions and will be making their seventh straight NCAA Championships appearance and 24th overall. The seven straight NCAA appearances are one short of the school record of eight in a row from 1981-88.

Oregon graduated their top three runners -- Jordan Hasay, Alexi Pappas and Katie Conlon -- from that championship team of a season ago.
 The Men of Oregon are ranked fifth nationally after earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships by virtue of their runner-up finish at the NCAA West Regional. This will be the Ducks’ 32nd NCAA appearance overall.

The men are looking to improve on their 20th-place finish from 2012.
 One runner to watch for the Ducks is freshman Edward Cheserek. He was recently named the USTFCCCA West Region Athlete of the Year after winning both the Pac-12 and NCAA West Region individual titles.

For comparison, Luke Puskedra finished fifth at the NCAA Championships as a freshman in 2008, while the legendary Steve Prefontaine was third as a freshman in 1969. Puskedra and Prefontaine are the only two Ducks to place in the top five at the national championships as freshmen.

The men will also lean on seniors Parker Stinson, the most experienced runner among Oregon’s entries, and Mac Fleet. Stinson was fifth at the West Regional, while Fleet finished 13th. This will be the third NCAA Championship for Stinson as well as Fleet, who was the 2013 NCAA outdoor 1,500 meter champion and was 49th as a freshman at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country meet.

Other Oregon entries include juniors Tanguy Pepiot and Cole Watson, sophomore Matthew Melancon and freshman Jake Leingang. All four ran at the NCAA West meet, with Pepiot placing 19th, Langang 28th, Melancon 37th and Watson 43rd. Melancon was 97th as a freshman at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

The Ducks also list seniors Ben DeJarnette and Brett Johnson, juniors Colby Alexander, Jeramy Elkaim, Eric Jenkins, Ryan Pickering and Daniel Winn, and sophomore Matt Jablonski among their entries.

For the women, Molly Grabill will be returning to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2011. The sophomore led the Ducks at the NCAA West meet with her 14th place finish.

She’ll be joined by junior Megan Patrignelli, who was Oregon’s top finisher in the first five races of the season, as well as sophomore Annie Leblanc, who was right behind Grabill at the Regional meet (17th). Leblanc was Oregon’s fifth scorer on the 2012 NCAA title team (68th), while Patrignelli will be making her NCAA Championships debut.

The Ducks also ran juniors Lindsay Crevoiserat and Mia Elbon, sophomore Abbey Leonardi and freshman Maggie Schmaedick at the West Regional. Schmaedick was 25th in her first Regional meet, while Leonardi placed 31st and also ran at last season’s NCAA meet. It will be the first NCAA meet for Elbon, while Crevoiserat ran at the 2012 Championships for Connecticut and placed 42nd.

The women have also entered seniors Samantha Murphy and Sarah Penney, sophomore Julia Zrinyi and freshmen Theresa Haiss and Ashley Maton.

The Pac-12 will be well-represented again in the men’s race with three of the nation’s top five teams in the hunt: No. 3 Colorado, No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Oregon.

For the women, No. 2 Arizona, No. 5 Colorado, No. 12 Stanford, No. 17 Oregon and No. 20 Washington give the Pac-12 a Championships’ best five teams in the top-25.

The 2013 meet will be just the second time the NCAA 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. First place is worth one point, second place two points, etc. Low score wins.

 A live webcast of the NCAA Championships will be available at Live results will be available at via Final results will also be posted on

Time: 9:00 a.m. PT
Length: 10,000 Meters
Twitter: @OregonTF / @@IndStTrackFieldXC / @NCAA
Live Stream:
Live Results: /
Teams (31): Air Force, Arkansas, Brigham Young, Colorado, Colorado State, Columbia, Dartmouth, Eastern Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Harvard, Indiana, Iona, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Northern Arizona, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Princeton, Portland, Providence, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas, Tulsa, Villanova, Virginia, Wisconsin.
Oregon Entries: Seniors Be DeJarnette, Mac Fleet, Brett Johnson and Parker Stinson, juniors Colby Alexander, Jeramy Elkaim, Eric Jenkins, Tanguy Pepiot, Ryan Pickering, Cole Watson and Daniel Winn, sophomores Matt Jablonski and Matthew Melancon, and freshmen Edward Cheserek and Jake Leingang.

Time: 10:15 a.m. PT
Length: 6,000 Meters
Twitter: @OregonTF / @@IndStTrackFieldXC / @NCAA
Live Stream:
Live Results: /
Teams (31): Arkansas, Arizona, Brigham Young, Butler, Colorado, Cornell, Dartmouth, Florida State, Georgetown, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Princeton, Providence, San Francisco, Southern Methodist, Stanford, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, William and Mary, Wisconsin.
Oregon Entries: Seniors Samantha Murphy and Sarah Penney, juniors Lindsay Crevoiserat, Mia Elbon and Megan Patrignelli, sophomores Molly Grabill, Annie Leblanc, Abbey Leonardi and Julia Zrinyi, and freshmen Therese Haiss, Ashley Maton and Maggie Schmaedick.

The LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center was dedicated on October 17, 1997. The land for the course was donated by LaVern Gibson for the development of the facility. Indiana State and Boston Celtic basketball star Larry Bird made a donation to the facility in honor of his father, Joe Bird, and the donation was matched by Max and Greg Gibson in the name of their father and grandfather respectively. The 240 acres of land is a reclaimed coal mine and includes the cross country course, softball, soccer and football fields and an indoor facility.

The women complete one lap on the winding and undulating 6,000 meter course, while the men will run two circuits for their 10,000 meters. The women will navigate approximately 12 turns, while the men will cover approximately 22 of them. Most of the course is grass, with a number of gentle drops and rises in elevation, before a long, uphill grind to the finish line.

Edward Cheserek, a freshman from Newark, N.J., was named West Region Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA. Cheserek continued a stellar debut campaign with a West Region title, navigating the 10K course at Sacramento State in 29:34.33. He crossed the line nearly eight seconds clear runner-up Jim Rosa of Stanford to lead the Ducks to a runner-up team finish and an auto NCAA bid. In addition to his region title, Cheserek won the Pac-12 crown, finished fourth at the Pre-National Invitational and won the Boston College XC Invitational. He is the first Duck to earn Regional honors since Galen Rupp in 2008.

 * The Oregon women are making their seventh straight NCAA Championships appearance and 24th overall.
 * The Ducks’ seven consecutive NCAA bids are one shy of the school record of eight from 1981-88.
 * Of the Ducks’ previous 23 appearances, 10 resulted in trophies (top-four finishes): 3 championships, 4 runner-up finishes, 1 third and two fourths. Oregon also has 17 top-10 finishes in those 23 appearances.
 * The Oregon men are making their 33rd appearance overall.
 * Of the Ducks’ previous 32 appearances, 19 resulted in trophies (top-four finish): 6 championships, 8 runner-up finishes, 4 third-place finishes and a fourth-place finish.

Annie Leblanc was a first team selection, while Matthew Melancon was a second team pick on the Pac-12 cross country all-academic teams. Leblanc has a 4.00 GPA, while Melancon holds a 3.57 GPA. Another seven Ducks were noted as honorable mention all-academic selections, including Parker Stinson, Cole Watson, Daniel Winn, Molly Grabill, Abbey Leonardi, Ashley Maton and Megan Patrignelli.

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