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Ducks Track & Field BIO
Sarah Penney
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Sarah Penney 470148
Position: Middle Distance
Height: 5'7"
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Paradise Valley, Ariz.
High School: Xavier College Prep
Experience: Redshirt

Solid contributor during the cross country season as a junior in 2011. Best prep runner from Arizona in the 800 meters comes to Oregon from top high school running program Xavier College Prep.

2013-14: Cross Country - Clocked in at 18:13 in the Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown (5,000 meters) race to kick open the 2013 season. Came in at 17:34 in the 5,000 meters at the Bill Dellinger Invitational for 18th and helped guide UO to a second-place finish. Posted a 21:32.19 mark at Pre-Nationals in the 6,000 meters. Ran at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Colo.

2012-13: Cross Country - Finished fifth in first race of the season at the Park Pier Invitational with a time of 17:13.7 (5,000 meters). Earned fifth place in the Dellinger Invitational by recording a 17:02 time in the 5,000 meters. Helped the Ducks win the meet . At the Pre-Nationals, ran 6,000 meters in 20:48,1 leading to a 35th place finish out of 265 runners. Was a key factor in the team’s second place finish at the meet. Finished the regular season on a high note by placing 19th individually with a time of 20:47 (6,000 meters) and helping the Ducks take home the title of conference champions. Was a key contributor to the Ducks’ first place finish at the NCAA West Regional with an individual 22nd place finish in a time of 20:13 (6,000 meters). Was a key contributor to the Ducks’ first place finish at the NCAA West Regional with an individual 22nd place finish in a time of 20:13 (6,000 meters). Finished 105th overall at the NCAA Championships and helped the Ducks win the national title with a time of 20:50.7 (6,000 meters).

Injuries limited her to one appearance during the indoor and outdoor track seasons. Ran the 3,000 meters at the Oregon Preview. Cross Country - Top-35 finish in Pac-12 debut as Oregon's No. 6 runner. Took 34th in 21:02 (6,000 meters). Was the Ducks' No. 3 runner (74th overall) at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational to help the team finish eighth (21:06.7/6,000 meters). Led Oregon's win at the Bill Dellinger Invitational with a third-place individual finish in 16:46.97 (5,000 meters). Placed third at the season-opening dual with Gonzaga (16:45.8/5,000 meters). Also made first NCAA West Regional appearance.

Outdoors - Ran the 5,000 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational (16:41.57). Indoors - Redshirt season. Cross Country - Was the runner-up at the season-opening John Frank Memorial in 16:01.6 (4,500 meters).

Outdoors - Redshirt season. Indoors - Opened season with a solid runner-up finish in the mile at the UW Indoor Preview (4:50.10). Improved that to 4:48.11 in a fourth-place finish at the Texas A&M Challenge. Cross Country - Made Oregon debut at the Pre's Trail Pre-View, finishing as the team's No. 5 runner and 10th overall. Took fifth overall (third on the team) at the Mike Hodges Invitational. Also ran at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Season Bests: Indoors - Mile - 4:48.11 (PR), Texas A&M Challenge, College Station, Texas (1/30/10).

Had the state's top time in the 800 meters as both a junior and a senior for Xavier College Prep. Scored in three events at the Arizona state championships as a senior to help Xavier to a second-place finish. Was second in the 1,600 meters (5:12.52), sixth in the 800 meters (2:20.34) and seventh in the 3,200 meters (11:25.63). Helped Xavier win the 2008 state cross country championship with a runner-up finish. As a junior at the 2008 Arizona championships, placed second in both the 800 meters (2:14.75) and the 1,600 meters (4:50.72), helping Xavier to a second place team finish. Also recorded the fastest time in the state at 800 meters, 2:14.20, which was the winning mark in the Arizona Meet of Champions. Ranked 20th nationally in the mile in 2008 at 4:52.41. High School Bests: 800 Meters - 2:11.63, 2007; 1,600 Meters - 4:50.72, 2008; Mile - 4:52.41, 2008; 3,200 Meters - 10:39.70, 2007.

Major is psychology.

Personal Bests

Mile - 4:48.11 (i),
Texas A&M Challenge,
College Station, Texas, 1/30/10

NCAA Cross Country Championships
2012 - 105th, 20:50.3

NCAA Cross Country West Regional
2012 - 22nd, 20:13
2011 - DNF

Pac-12 Cross Country Championships
2012 - 19th, 20:47
2011 - 34th, 21:02

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