EUGENE, Ore. - The best cross country teams in the West will descend on Springfield Country Club for this Saturday's NCAA West Regional meet. The women's 6,000 meter race begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by the men's 10,000 meter race at 10:45 a.m.
The top two men's and women's teams from the NCAA West Regional automatically advance to the NCAA Championships Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. Individual and team at-large bids will also be awarded following the nine regionals held around the nation on Saturday; those bids will be extended on Sunday.
Springfield Country Club will be hosting the NCAA West Regional for the third time in the last four years.
The 30-team women's race features the same four teams that were within six points of each other at the Oct. 30 Pac-10 Championships - No. 4 Stanford (Pac-10 champ), No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 Oregon and No. 11 Washington. The women's race also features No. 26 California and No. 27 San Francisco.
The 25-team men's race has No. 2 Stanford, led by defending NCAA West Regional individual champion Chris Derrick, No. 3 Oregon, No. 12 Portland and No. 22 California.
Spectator parking will be at Mohawk Elementary School on Sunderman Road (off Marcola Road). Free shuttle buses will then transport spectators to the course at the Springfield Country Club. Buses will begin running at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Please allow sufficient time to use the park-and-ride shuttle.
To reach Mohawk Elementary School:
• Take 105E/126E toward Springfield
• Take the 42nd Street/Marcola Road exit and make a left on 42nd street for 0.4 miles.
• Make a right on Marcola Road for 5.5 miles, going 1 mile past the Springfield Country Club.
• Turn right on Sunderman Road.
• Mohawk Elementary School will be on your right after .25 mile.
Signs will be posted on the roads directing traffic to the park-and-ride lot at Mohawk Elementary School.
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 nine occasions, including current senior Alexandra Kosinski in 2008. Penny Graves won twice (1986, 1988), while Robin Baker (1978), Molly Morton (1979), Kathy Hayes (1983), Annette Hand (1987), Lucy Nusrala (1991) and Milena Glusac (1994) each claimed one crown.
Men: Oregon has won this event seven times. Stanford has won the most with 11 titles, followed by Arizona with eight. In addition to the Ducks' most recent run from 2006-08, Oregon's other titles came in 1982-83 and 1988-89. 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 are 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.
Springfield Country Club will be the site of the 2010 NCAA West Regional Meet. Athletes will race entirely on grass and mostly on fairways on the back nine holes along the Mohawk River. The course consists of three relatively flat loops-an outer loop, and inner loop, and a finish loop (course maps on last page). The outer loop is approximately 2,320 meters in length, the inner loop is approximately 2,150 meters in length, and the finishing loop is approximately 1,350 meters in length. Fans are reminded to avoid walking on greens or tee boxes, and are asked to stay off fairways as much as possible.
NCAA WEST REGIONAL WOMEN'S RACE
Time: 9:45 a.m. PST
Length: 6,000 Meters
Results: www.goducks.com and www.ncaa.com.
Teams (30): Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California , UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Portland, Sacramento State, San Diego, San Diego State, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
Individuals: Zitlalic Ley, Cal State Northridge, Lilyana Morejon, Cal State Northridge, Araceli Zainos, Cal State Northridge; Stephanie Dye, Eastern Washington, Amy Kolin, Eastern Washington; Melissa Hopper, Pacific; Jazmin Quiroz, Pacific; Katie Blue, Portland State, Karissa Fuller, Portland State, Julie Pederson, Portland State, Amber Rozcicha, Portland State; Zsofia Erdelyi, USC.
Oregon Entries: The Duck women have senior Alex Kosinski, a two-time cross country All-American, and sophomore Jordan Hasay, the 2010 Pac-10 individual champion, among their entries. Oregon also has senior Zoe Buckman, juniors Bronwyn Crossman and Claire Michel, sophomores Becca Friday, Anne Kesselring and Taylow Wallace and freshmen Sarah Andrews and Lanie Thompson among its entries.
NCAA West Regional Experience: This will be the fourth West Regional appearances for seniors Alex Kosinski, who was the 2008 Regional champion, and Zoe Buckman. Other Ducks who have Regional experience include Jordan Hasay, who was the runner-up in 2009, Bronwyn Crossman and Claire Michel. That means a number of Ducks could be making their NCAA debuts, including sophomores Becca Friday, Anne Kesselring and Taylor Wallace and freshmen Sarah Andrews and Lanie Thompson.
NCAA WEST REGIONAL MEN'S RACE
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Length: 10,000 Meters
Results: www.goducks.com and www.ncaa.com.
Teams (25): Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California , UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Portland, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State. The NCAA West Region covers teams from the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The three exceptions are Idaho State, Nevada and Northern Arizona, which are in the Mountain Region.
Individuals: Hunter Hays, Cal State Northridge, Gustavo Hernandez, Cal State Northridge, Juan Olea, Cal State Northridge; Cody Barton, Eastern Washington, Bowe Ebding, Eastern Washington, Kyle King, Eastern Washington; Chris Boyle, Gonzaga; Zachary Carpenter, Portland State, John Lawrence, Portland State, Andrew Salg, Portland State.
Oregon Entries: The Duck men have three All-Americans among their entries in junior Luke Puskedra and seniors Matthew Centrowitz and Danny Mercado. Oregon also lists senior A.J. Acosta, junior Chris Kwiatkowski, sophomore Bryce Burgess and freshmen Ben DeJarnette (redshirt), Mitch Hunt, Brian Shrader and Parker Stinson among its entries.
NCAA West Regional Experience: This will be the fourth NCAA West Regional race for Danny Mercado, and the third for A.J. Acosta and Luke Puskedra. Matthew Centrowitz also has NCAA Regional experience. Many Ducks could see their first NCAA regional meet, including junior Chris Kwiatkowski, sophomore Bryce Burgess, and freshmen Ben DeJarnette, Mitch Hunt, Brian Shrader and Parker Stinson.
Ducks Go Pink for Dellinger Invitational
The University of Oregon men's and women's cross country teams wore special pink uniforms at the Oct. 16 Bill Dellinger Invitational. The Ducks donned the special singlets, donated by Nike, in recognition of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
These uniforms, including one signed by former Duck Olympian Andrew Wheating, are currently being auctioned off on www.goducks.com. Proceeds from that auction will be donated to the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute.
The Men and Women of Oregon wore a white singlet with "OREGON" in classic lettering arced across the chest. The throwback style top was based on what the Duck men wore in 1969 when a freshman named Steve Prefontaine led Oregon to its first cross country NCAA title.
For more information on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.nbcam.org, or www.wvcancerinstitute.com for information on the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute.
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-10 Conference
13 Big East Conference
13 Southeastern Conference
9 Big XII
9 Conference USA
8 Big Ten
The 2010 season ends with the NCAA Championships Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.
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