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Hasay Runs Away with Pac-10 XC Crown
Release Date: 10/30/2010
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SEATTLE, Wash. - Add Pac-10 Champion to Jordan Hasay's growing resume.

Pushing the lead pack from the opening gun, the sophomore from Arroyo Grande, Calif., showed an impressive finishing kick to win the 2010 Pac-10 individual women's cross country title by nearly five seconds Saturday at a rainy Jefferson Park Golf Course.

"I'm really pleased," said Hasay. "I would have been happier with the team win because that's what cross country is all about. But I'm just honored that I could bring the individual title back to Oregon."

With top-four finishes from Hasay and Alexandra Kosinski, the Duck women tied for third in the closest race in conference history. The top four teams were separated by just six points. No. 9 Stanford won with 62 points, with No. 6 Arizona just three points back in second (65) and No. 2 Oregon and No. 20 Washington tied for third with 68 points.

"Those four teams did an excellent job," said Oregon Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. "What an exciting meet.

"I feel really good about Jordan doing a fantastic job," said Lananna. "This is a really good conference and Jordan is an extraordinary athlete. She's a great competitor; great instincts. She knows how to compete."

Meanwhile, the men's Pac-10 race held to form as No. 1 Stanford won with 25 points, followed by No. 3 Oregon with 56. No. 22 California was third with 86 points.

The women's race wasn't decided until the Cardinal's fifth runner, Alexandra Gits, crossed the finish line in 26th. Oregon, Arizona and Washington all had their top five in before Gits hit the tape, but Stanford's three finishers in the top eight gave the Cardinal just enough points for the win.

Taking the lead at the 5,000 meter mark, Hasay won her first Pac-10 title in any sport by covering the 6,000-meter course in 19:44.95.

"That last stretch I was just trying to bring it home for Oregon," said Hasay, who became the second straight UO woman to win the league title; Nicole Blood was the 2009 champion. "It's cool that Nicole won it last year because I looked up to her a lot."

Stanford's Kathy Kroeger was second in 19:49.43, and her Cardinal teammates Stephanie Marcy (20:12.26) and Jessica Tomm (20:15.32) took fifth and eighth, respectively.

Oregon countered with Kosinski in fourth at 20:09.58. The senior from El Dorado Hills, Calif., posted her fourth career top-10 finish at the Pac-10 championships.

The Ducks also received a tremendous boost from freshman Lanie Thompson, who let loose a terrific kick over the final 1,000 meters to pass at least a dozen runners and finish 16th in 20:31.68.

Oregon also counted a 23rd place finish from senior Zoe Buckman in 20:40.32 and a 24th place finish from sophomore Anne Kesselring in 20:41.12.

Other Oregon finishers included freshman Sarah Andrews, who was 32nd in 20:59.14, sophomore Becca Friday, who took 35th in 21:03.98, junior Claire Michel, who was 40th in 21:12.60 and sophomore Taylor Wallace, who was 41st in 21:14.81.

In the men's race, the contest between Oregon and Stanford was evident from the start. Eventually, nine of the top 11 finishers were either Ducks or Cardinal.

Luke Puskedra led Oregon with a fourth place finish, covering the 8,000 meter course in 23:05.80. The junior from Ogden, Utah was just behind a trio of Stanford runners. Elliott Heath won for the Cardinal in 23:00.57, with teammates Jake Riley (23:00.57) and Chris Derrick (23:00.59) crossing the line simultaneously.

"It was a good race," said Puskedra. "We went out pretty quick. It was a fast course. I think we ran well."

Senior Matthew Centrowitz was sixth for the Ducks in 23:17.42, with A.J. Acosta next in 23:43.26. The seventh-place finish was a Pac-10 best for the senior from Oceanside, Calif.

Senior Danny Marcado took 13th in 23:51.26 as the senior from West Covina, Calif., matched his best Pac-10 performance.

Oregon's final points came from Chris Kwiatkowski, who was 24th in 24:07.75. It was the Pac-10 debut for the junior from Bellingham, Wash.

"Stanford is a good team," said Lananna. "They did a great job.  I was proud of our athletes. I thought we did a good job of getting out there and running aggressively. I think we ran about as well as we could have."

The Ducks also had freshman Ben DeJarnette in 26th (24:14.74) and freshman Parker Stinson in 34th (24:22.30).

The Duck teams return to action Nov. 13 for the NCAA West Regional, which will be hosted by Oregon at the Springfield Country Club.

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