Ducks win NCAA title, Southern Oregon takes second in NAIA
Nov. 18, 2012
Sparked by a third-place finish from senior Jordan Hasay, the Oregon women's cross country team won it's first NCAA title in 25 years Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.
Hasay led an impressive pack of Ducks who were in the race's top 50 nearly the entire 6,000 meter distance.
Oregon ended up winning easily with 114 points, followed by Providence with 183, Stanford with 198 and Florida State with 202.
Hasay ran in the lead pack throughout finishing third only to Iowa State's Betsy Saina and second to Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth at the tape. After a sprint to the finish, Saina was the 2012 individual champion in 19:27.9, followed by D'Agostino and Hasay both in 19:28.6.
Alexii Pappas, a transfer from Dartmouth, ran just a step off the lead pack the entire race, and finished eighth in 19:43.9.
Katie Conlon was the surprise of the day for the Ducks. The transfer from NAIA Jamestown College in North Dakota had been the Ducks' fifth or sixth runner during the regular season, but put on a strong kick over the final third of the race, passing a couple dozen runners to place 39th in 20:15.0.
Then it was freshman Allie Woodward coming to the line as Oregon's fourth runner. The Green Bay, Wis., native was 44th overall in 20:19.5. Freshman Annie Leblanc capped the scoring for the Ducks, finishing 68th in 20:31.5
Oregon also had senior Sarah Penney 105th in 20:50.7 and freshman Abbey Leonardi 162nd in 21:12.2.
SOU TAKES SECOND
Southern Oregon, which won the NAIA title two years ago, finished second in the championship meet held at Fort Vancouver in Washington.
Tyler VanDyke led the Raiders with a 19th-place finish at 25:06 on the 10,000-meter course and the team all followed within 41 seconds, but that wasn't enough to overcome St. Francis in the team race.
Kailee Coffey of Eastern Oregon finished third in the women's final.
State champions Thompson and Rice win easily to qualify for state
Oct. 24, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
The defending state champions at Class 6A ran as they were expected and won the individual titles at the Mt. Hood Conference district cross country meet Wednesday at Centennial High School.
Kyle Thompson, a junior at Central Catholic, won the boys race by 25 seconds over Barlow senior Jackson Haselnus, while Paige Rice, a junior at St. Mary's Academy, won the girls race by nearly 17 seconds over senior teammate Ellen Patterson.
Rice, who won last year's state title by one second, set a personal record for a 5,000-meter course, finishing in 17 minutes, 46 seconds. St. Mary's easily won the girls meet with all seven of its team members placing in the top 10.
Central Catholic won the boys meet by placing its five scoring runners in the top 8.
Barlow finished second in the boys meet and Gresham finished second in the girls meet to each qualify for the state championships, scheduled for Nov. 3, at Lane Community College.
1. Central Catholic 26, Barlow 53, Reynolds 62, Centennial 94, David Douglas 134, Gresham, inc.
1. St. Mary's Academy 21, Gresham 77, Barlow 100, Reynolds 104, Central Catholic 106, David Douglas 111, Centennial 214.