Silver and Gold
Tuesday, November 25, 6:00 p.m. PST
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A few loose ends to wrap up 24 hours after watching the men win gold and the women capture silver at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. And a few photos from today's welcoming home at Hayward Field.
The Ducks had a nice welcome home at Hayward Field Tuesday afternoon as Springfield mayor Sid Leiken was among several who greeted the 2008 men's national champions and the women's runners-up.
Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken (right) and assistant track and field coach Robert Johnson were among the many fans who came out to congratulate the 2008 NCAA Champions and runners-up.
After reading the well-written race recaps by Curtis Anderson of the Register-Guard and Doug Binder of the Oregonian, I picked out a few more items worthy of mention in this space. First, Galen Rupp's winning time of 29:03.2 established a 10K record for the LaVern Gibson Championships Course. And Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna earned his sixth career NCAA championship (four at Stanford, two at Oregon). With Rupp winning, freshman Luke Puskedra finishing fifth and senior Shadrack Kiproo-Biwott taking ninth, Oregon has three runners finish in the top 10 for the first time since 1974 (Paul Geis 4th, Dave Taylor 5th and Terry Williams 6th).
Galen Rupp set a course record Monday in Terre Haute.
On the women's side, Alexandra Kosinski (eighth) and Nicole Blood (10th) gave Oregon a pair of top-10 individuals for just the second time in school history. In 1991, Lisa Karnopp was third and Lucy Nusrala was eighth. With senior Mattie Bridgmon joining Kosinski and Blood on the All-America rolls, the Ducks had a trio of All-Americans for the first time since 1987 (Annette Hand, Penny Graves, Liz Wilson).
Check out the stories in the Register-Guard (link to men's recap; link to women's recap) and Oregonian. The two writers also put out blogs from Terre Hause worth checking out, too. And look for Anderson's season review/look ahead to what's next, probably in Wednesday's R-G.
Vin Lananna, who won his sixth NCAA title on Monday, talks with local members of the media.
A thanks goes out to the folks who came to watch the meet at Hayward Field and donated to Food for Lane County. Hope you all saw Galen Rupp's Hayward shout out during his post-race interview with CBS College Sports. Great job by KMTR-TV covering the local angle on that -- got to hand it to sports anchor Darren Fabre, the NBC affiliate is the local broadcast authority when it comes to running.
How the NCAA Championships looked on the big screen at Hayward Field.
Finally, the Ducks will have a public ceremony for the two-time national champs and runners-up sometime in the coming weeks. We'll pass those details along as soon as the event is finalized.
Oregon's 2008 men's and women's cross teams, at home with their trophies.
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