EUGENE, Ore. - The road to the NCAA Championships begins Friday with the NCAA West Regional Championships at Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle, Wash. The top two men's and women's teams from the West Regional earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky., while a number of at-large bids will also be up for grabs.
Competing with the third-ranked Duck women for the two automatic spots in an exceptionally deep regional will be No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 Washington, No. 26 San Francisco and No. 29 UCLA. The women are coming off their first Pac-12 title since 1995.
The men's race features No. 2 Stanford, No. 9 Portland, No. 11 Oregon, No. 25 Arizona State and No. 27 UCLA.
The women's 6,000 meter race opens the regional at 12 p.m., followed by the men at 1:15 p.m., who will be stepping up to the 10,000 meter distance for the first time this season.
The Duck women will again be able to rely on veterans with prior Regional experience. Seniors Jordan Hasay, Sarah Penney, Becca Friday and Anne Kesselring all have run Regional meets previously in their careers. Conversely, it would be the West Regional debut for senior transfers Alexi Pappas (Dartmouth) and Katie Conlon (Jamestown College), senior Taylor Wallace, sophomore Megan Patrignelli, and freshmen Annie Leblanc, Abbey Leonardi and Allie Woodward.
Hasay has been the West Regional individual champion the last two years in a row after finishing second as a sophomore in 2009.
The men also have a number of competitors with Regional experience. Trevor Dunbar was named the USTFCCCA West Region Athlete of the Year after winning the West's individual title as a sophomore at the University of Portland in 2010. He finished third for the Pilots a year ago before transferring to Oregon.
Other men with Regional experience include juniors Ben DeJarnette, Mitch Hunt and Parker Stinson and sophomores Colby Alexander, Jeramy Elkaim and Ryan Pickering.
A number of men could potentially make their Regional meet debuts, including junior Tim Costin, sophomores Matt Jablonski, Cole Watson and Daniel Winn and freshmen Chris Brewer, Matthew Melancon and Chad Noelle.
DUCKS AT THE NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Women: Oregon has won this event 12 times, which is second only to Stanford's 14 titles. The Ducks' team titles came in 1976-81, 1983, 1985, 1987-88, 1990-91 and 1995. Oregon has also produced the individual champion on 11 occasions, including current back-to-back winner Jordan Hasay. Penny Graves won twice (1986, 1988), while Robin Baker (1978), Molly Morton (1979), Kathy Hayes (1983), Annette Hand (1987), Lucy Nusrala (1991), Milena Glusac (1994) and Alexandra Kosinski (2008) each claimed one crown.
Men: Oregon has won this event eight times. Stanford has won the most with 12 titles, followed by the Ducks and Arizona (eight). Oregon's titles have come in 1983-83, 1988-89, 2006-08 and 2010. The Ducks have also produced eight individual champions, including Galen Rupp in 2007 and '09. Other individual winners for Oregon include two-time champs Jim Hill (1982-83) and Karl Keska (1995-96), as well as Brad Hudson (1989) and Steve Fein (1999).
ABOUT THE WEST REGION
The NCAA West Region covers teams from the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. There are three western Universities that are exceptions: Idaho State, Nevada and Northern Arizona, which compete in the Mountain Region.
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.
LIVE RACE DAY/RESULTS FOR THE NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Fans can follow the races live at http://rtspt.com/events/ncaa/d1westxc12/ for live race splits, Tweets and photos. Results will be available at http://rtspt.com/events/ncaa/d1westxc12/ and also at www.goducks.com.
ON TO THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The top two teams from each of the nine NCAA Regional Championships held on Friday automatically advance to the NCAA Championships Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. An additional 13 men's and 13 women's teams will be extended at-large bids on Saturday. Also, the top four individuals not on the top two regional teams will be guaranteed selection to the NCAA Championships, provided that they have finished in the Regional top 25. Two additional individuals will receive at-large bids on Saturday.
NCAA WEST REGIONAL WOMEN'S RACE
Time: 12:00 p.m. PST
Length: 6,000 Meters
Results: http://rtspt.com/events/ncaa/d1westxc12/ / www.goducks.com
Teams (30): Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California , UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Gonzaga, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Diego State, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Seattle U., Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
Individuals (10): Jazmin Lopez, Cal State Bakersfield, Anaiz Ortiz, Cal State Bakersfield,;Alexis Pichardo, Cal State Northridge, Yvonne Castillo-Urbina, Cal State Northridge, Araceli Zainos, Cal State Northridge; Berenice Penazola, Eastern Washington; Becky Grabow, Pacific, Mia Knipper, Pacific; Lauren Nakaso, Pacific, Lindsay Wourms, Pacific.
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 WEST REGIONAL MEN'S RACE
Time: 1:15 p.m. PST
Length: 10,000 Meters
Results: http://rtspt.com/events/ncaa/d1westxc12/ / www.goducks.com
Teams (28): Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California , UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Gonzaga, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Pepperdine, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Seattle U., Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
Individuals (2): Hunter Hays, Cal State Northridge; David Thor, Eastern Washington.
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.
Jefferson Park Golf Course in south Seattle will be the site of the 2012 NCAA West Regional Championships. The race will be on the east section of the golf course. The course consists of three relatively flat 2,000 meter loops for the women and five loops for the men. Competitors will race mostly on fairways with a small part of the race course on the rough. There will be parts of the course where the athletes must cross over the golf cart path, in addition to a wooded area.
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
The 2012 season concludes with the NCAA Championships Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.
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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