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Racing Ahead: Sophomore distance runner Katie Rainsberger leads the way for Oregon cross-country

Katie Rainsberger crossed the finish line at the Bill Dellinger Invitational demolishing the course record by 37 seconds last September. But she didn’t leave the finish line right away. She stood in the chute, her black Oregon singlet soaked, and her spikes covered in mud, shouting as her teammates kicked …

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Oregon women come in fifth, men finish sixth at NCAA Championships

Oregon’s women cross-country did not repeated as national champions after they finished fifth in Louisville, Kentucky, in the 2017 NCAA Championships. The men came in sixth at Saturday’s races. Katie Rainsberger, who came in third at the Pac-12 championships, was the highest finisher among Oregon’s women in the 6,000-meter race, …

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Cross-Country West Regionals: Women place third, men get fourth

Oregon finished their penultimate race today at the West Regionals in Seattle with the women finishing third behind San Francisco and Stanford. The men were fourth, beat by Portland, Washington and Stanford. Neither team placed in the automatic qualifying spots, but based on the track and field savvy site, FloTrack.org, …

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Cross-Country West Regional Preview: Ducks will face toughest competition of the season

The Oregon cross-country teams will race to on Friday, Nov. 10, in Seattle at the Jefferson Golf Course to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet later this month. The women’s race will go first at 10:30 a.m., and the men will start at 11:30 a.m. The top two teams from …

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Cross-Country earns All-Pac-12 Honors, Rainsberger and Burden named to first-team

The Pac-12 Conference recently released its all-Pac-12 teams on Tuesday, and the Ducks are represented well. Katie Rainsberger and Lilli Burdon earned all-Pac-12 first-team. Jessica Hull was named to all-Pac-12 second team. Freshmen Cooper Teare was named Pac-12 Freshmen of the Year after being one of the top runners for …

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Oregon women come second, men fourth in Pac-12 Championships

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Early on in the 2017 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships, Oregon’s Katie Rainsberger felt something in her hair. It was the snapping of her hair tie, undoing her hair slowly throughout the race. “I tried to not let it affect me,” she said. “I was like, ‘well I …

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Pac-12 Cross-Country Championship Preview: Oregon men and women look to finish at the top

The Pac-12 Cross-Country Championships will be held at the Springfield Country Club this upcoming Friday, and the No. 1 ranked women and No. 8 men are in good position to earn the title. The women’s 6-kilometer race will start at 11 a.m. and the men will begin their 8k at …

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Quick Hits: Football still without solution to offensive obstacles post-Herbert, soccer gets first Pac-12 win

— Oregon football lost to No. 23 Stanford this Saturday 49-7. Amid the Ducks’ unanticipated offensive redevelopment, the team continues to search for a solution after Justin Herbert’s injury. Oregon faces the fact that Braxton Burmeister may not be the Ducks saving grace under center just yet. — After losing its first five …

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Oregon women win cross country Pre-Nationals Invitational, men take third

A few weeks ago, right after the Bill Dellinger Invitational, Oregon women’s cross country coach Maurica Powell said her cross country team just needed to put the blinders on. They did that at the Pre-Nationals Invitational on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky, taking the win and upsetting top-seeded Colorado. The men …

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From running to eating, Emma Abrahamson and Lilli Burdon are conquering both

It’s no secret that eating healthy is important for Oregon athletes, especially if you’re on the cross country team. But that’s not to say you can’t have fun with it, and both senior Emma Abrahamson and sophomore Lilli Burdon have taken that to heart this season. After earning the Triple …

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Rainsberger sets Dellinger Invite record to help Oregon women to first-place finish, Oregon men finish third

Springfield, Ore. — The men’s and women’s Oregon cross country teams made their season debuts at the 12th annual Dellinger Invite on a wet and rainy Friday morning at the Springfield Country Club. Oregon’s women took first with 33 points as they finished in the top three spots while Oregon’s …

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IAAF World Championships: Phyllis Francis wins gold in 400, Deajah Stevens in 200 semifinal

Former Oregon track and field athlete Phyllis Francis took the gold medal in the women’s 400-meters at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London, defeating 2016 Olympic gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo and defending 400 world champion Allyson Felix. Despite the pouring England rain, Francis won the race in a personal …

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Edward Cheserek turns pro, signs with agent Total Sports US

After a lower back strain ended his final collegiate season prematurely, Edward Cheserek signed with an agent, Total Sports US, on Wednesday to take his first step into the world of professional running. We're excited to announce the signing of former University of Oregon star & 17-time NCAA Champion Edward …

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Ashley Maton keeps pro track options open while pursuing master’s degree

Tuesday is the longest day of the week for Ashley Maton. The 23-year-old graduate student from Bend, Oregon, runs morning workouts with the Oregon cross country team before heading straight to Adams Elementary, where she spends three hours in a classroom as a student-teacher. She switches back to running clothes …

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Edward Cheserek is leaving a legacy that is about more than just running achievements

Five-time NCAA champion. Three-time NCAA Cross Country champion. Three-time Bowerman Award Finalist. These are just some of the numerous achievements that unashamedly take up a solid chunk of space on Edward Cheserek’s bio on the University of Oregon’s athletics roster. His social media handle, King Cheserek, aptly describes the senior’s …

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Katie Rainsberger pays tribute to youth sports with her $10,000 grant

When Oregon freshman Katie Rainsberger won the accolade of Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2015, she was also awarded a grant of $10,000 by the Gatorade Play It Forward Fund. The Air Academy High graduate has since directed that money to the Colorado Springs Youth Sports Inc. …

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Distance prep standout Kate Murphy set to join Oregon’s champion cross country team

After the Oregon women claimed their fourth NCAA championship title in a huge upset last Saturday, the distance program is already in the works of building on their depth to keep their championship hopes alive for the future. The first woman of the recruiting class of 2017 is high school senior Kate Murphy. The …

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Oregon women nab NCAA championship title by a point, Cheserek’s winning streak is broken

It was a shocking morning for the Ducks in Terre Haute, Indiana, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course on Saturday. Throughout the season, the women had not indicated that they were favorites to win the NCAA Cross Country Nationals. They finished fourth in both the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAA West Regionals …

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Edward Cheserek seeks to make NCAA history as Ducks battle for podium finish

Edward Cheserek is one step away from making NCAA history. On Saturday morning, the senior will attempt to become the first man to have four NCAA Cross Country Championship titles under his belt. Currently, he ties with three others for winning three NCAA titles: Washington State’s Gerry Lindgren (1966, 1967, 1969), Oregon’s …

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Oregon men go 1-2 at cross country West Regionals, await at-large bid for NCAA Championships

After the Ducks fizzled in the scorching heat of the Pac-12 Championships at Arizona, both the men’s and women’s teams bounced back to place fourth at the NCAA West Regionals on Friday morning at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento, California. Edward Cheserek won his third regional title in a …

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Cheserek lands consecutive Pac-12 title as cross country places fourth

They don’t call him “King Cheserek” for nothing. Senior Edward Cheserek became the first man to win four consecutive Pac-12 cross country individual titles. He broke the tape in 23 minutes, 58.9 seconds over the 8-kilometer course on Friday morning at the Randolph North Golf Course in Tucson, Arizona. Only …

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Edward Cheserek could make history at Pac-12 Championship meet on Friday

After building on their race experience over the past few meets, the Ducks will embark on the championship portion of their schedule starting with the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships on Friday morning at the Randolph North Golf Course in Tucson, Arizona. “This is probably the toughest conference in the country,” …

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Individual win by Cheserek leads Ducks to victory at Pre-Nationals

The Oregon men’s team thought it had placed third behind Arkansas and Colorado, after the women’s team had achieved second place earlier that morning at the Pre-National Cross Country Invitational in Terra Haute, Indiana. However, after further review, it was discovered that Sam Prakel’s name was accidentally left off of …

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Cross-country team previews the NCAA course at Pre-Nationals Invitational on Saturday

After commanding top-place finishes in the races along the West Coast, the Ducks will travel across the country to Terre Haute, Indiana, where they will compete in the Pre-Nationals Invitational on Saturday. There, they will check out the stomping ground for the NCAA championships that looms just a month away. …

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Tanner Anderson and Matthew Maton each aim for breakout sophomore seasons

From the late Steve Prefontaine to current Duck Edward Cheserek, Oregon has a long history of producing elite distance runners. So it came as no surprise for anyone two years ago when the Ducks signed two of the top prep runners in the nation, Tanner Anderson and Matthew Maton. Before coming …

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Cheserek and Rainsberger make impressive debuts at Washington Invitational

The Oregon Ducks solidified their status as a school to watch for this season as they sprung senior Edward Cheserek and freshman Katie Rainsberger onto the scene in their season debut cross country races at the Washington Invitational in Seattle, Washington Saturday morning. Cheserek kicked off his season in style as …

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Deep Oregon cross country teams prepare for another successful season

Oregon’s cross country teams are off to a fast start. The No. 3 ranked men’s team and the No. 4 ranked women’s team kicked off what they hope will be another successful season on Sept. 16 at the 11th annual Bill Dellinger Invitational. Both the men and women took first. Redshirt …

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Ducks fare well in ‘rust-buster’ Bill Dellinger Invitational

The No. 4-ranked Oregon women’s cross country team and the No. 2-ranked men’s cross country team kicked of their seasons with the 11th annual Bill Dellinger Invitational on Friday. The women ran a five-kilometer race, while the men ran eight kilometers. In the women’s race, Emily Weber of Oregon State …

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