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Oregon women's cross country take Pac-12 title

Senior Jordan Hasay’s runner-up finish led the No. 3 Oregon women to the 2012 Pac-12 cross-country championship on Saturday at Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Hasay added to her Pac-12 resume with Saturday’s second place finish in 20:10. The California native won this race as a sophomore in 2010 and was third in 2011. @@[email protected]@ @@[email protected]@

The Ducks had three runners finish in the top five helping the women win their first 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. @@[email protected]@

Senior transfer Alexi Pappas was fourth in 20:12, while sophomore Allie Woodward was fifth with a time of 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. @@[email protected]@

The eighth-ranked men took third place. Senior Trevor Dunbar and junior Parker Stinson helped the Ducks to a top-three finish by taking third and fourth respectively, each with a time of 23:28. @@[email protected]@ @@[email protected]@

Second-ranked Colorado defended its Pac-12 title by coming in first place with 49 points. No. 3 Stanford was second with 82, followed by Oregon with 105.

Oregon also counted a 31st place finish from freshman and Eugene native Matthew Melancon, who finished with a time of 24:19. In addition, the men had a 32nd place finish from sophomore Ryan Pickering in 24:22 and a 39th place showing from sophomore Cole Watson in 24:31. @@[email protected]@

Takeaways. “Our women did an outstanding job today in the toughest conference meet in the country,” said head coach Robert Johnson to “They were strong from the start.”

“The men did exactly what they needed to do today to keep moving toward the NCAA Championships,” Johnson said. “Trevor and Parker were right there up front the entire race and we also had some younger runner step up for us today.”

On the horizon. Oregon will compete in the NCAA West Region Championships in Seattle, Wash. on November 9.

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Beth Maiman

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