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Kesselring's running makes an impression on Duck fans

The NCAA Cross Country Championships offers an impressive stage for a young distance runner. As she lined up for last year’s NCAA championship race – the third cross country race of her life – Oregon’s Anne Kesselring took a moment to survey the 254-woman field. “I had never seen so …

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Kesselring’s running makes an impression on Duck fans

The NCAA Cross Country Championships offers an impressive stage for a young distance runner. As she lined up for last year’s NCAA championship race – the third cross country race of her life – Oregon’s Anne Kesselring took a moment to survey the 254-woman field. “I had never seen so …

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Oregon men, women victorious at Dellinger Invitational

The individual title had to go to somebody, but Luke Puskedra and Matthew Centrowitz were more than willing to share it. The junior Puskedra and the senior Centrowitz held hands aloft in victory as the two crossed the finish line of the Bill Dellinger Invitational men’s race on Saturday morning. …

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Ducks lace up for Dellinger Invitiational

Blair Ryan The Oregon men’s and women’s cross country teams will be sporting a new look for the fifth annual Bill Dellinger Invitational. The race is scheduled for Saturday on Pre’s Trail at Alton Baker Park. Thanks to the student-athletes’ initiative and an assist from Nike, the Ducks will don …

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Pac-10 cross country notes

Arizona The Wildcats women’s cross country team moved up to No. 6 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll after the UA men and women swept the ASU Invitational in Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday. Five Arizona women cracked the top 10 during the women’s three-mile …

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Oregon men win Notre Dame Invitational, women finish second

Luke Puskedra won the second individual cross country race title of his career as the No. 3 Oregon men rolled to victory at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., Friday. In all, four Duck men covered the 8,000-meter course fast enough to finish in the top 20. Puskedra, …

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Duck men and women to compete at Notre Dame Invitational

The Oregon men’s and women’s cross country seasons begin in earnest today as the No. 3 Duck men and the No. 5 Duck women compete at the Notre Dame Invitational, held at the Notre Dame Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. Four of the top five women’s teams, as ranked …

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Oregon adds 3 coaches, wins John Frank Invitational

  The Oregon track and field program had a busy summer, hiring two new assistant coaches and promoting a third. Robert Weir, a three-time Olympian for the United Kingdom in the discus throw, was hired in August as Oregon’s next assistant coach for throws. He replaces Lance Deal, who stepped …

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Hasay named Pac-10 Newcomer of Year

Oregon freshman Jordan Hasay was named Newcomer of the Year in the Pacific-10 Conference, one of eight Ducks named to all-cross country first and second teams. A native of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Hasay finished third in her first career Pac-10 Championship meet, followed by a runner-up finish at the NCAA …

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At NCAAs, men flourish, women fizzle

Blair Ryan The Oregon men rebounded in dramatic fashion from a disappointing NCAA West Regionals performance, placing four runners in the top 31 to finish second as a team at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday morning in Terre Haute, Ind.Oklahoma State, the No. 2 team in the nation …

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Oregon in rare position as underdog at NCAAs

Blair Ryan The goal for the Oregon men’s and women’s cross country teams at the NCAA Cross Country Championships today is simple: Take home a trophy. Both teams find themselves in an unusual position in recent years — the No. 8 men are no sure thing to crack the top …

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Top-3 finishes ensure NCAA berths

Blair Ryan In an increasingly rare circumstance, the Oregon men’s cross country team found themselves on the outside looking in ­— at least, temporarily. Pacific-10 Conference individual champion Chris Derrick of Stanford held court during the 10,000m men’s race to secure the individual win, and teammates Elliott Heath and Justin …

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Hasay has Ducks in hunt

Blair Ryan Jordan Hasay has been an inspiration to her teammates. No surprise there.  The freshman from Arroyo Grande, Calif., Oregon track’s most important recruit since Galen Rupp, firmly established herself within the women’s cross country team from day one. On the course, she has joined senior Nicole Blood and …

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Regional redemption

Blair Ryan Oregon head cross country coach Vin Lananna referred to the area designated by the NCAA as the West Region — schools from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii — as “the toughest region in the country.” Lananna has no reason for hyperbole. When the NCAA West Regional …

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Ducks finish second at Pac-10s

Blair Ryan Nicole Blood became the first Oregon woman in 17 years to win the individual title at the Pacific-10 Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday, as the No. 8 Ducks significantly narrowed the achievement gap over team titlists No. 1 Washington.  The last 1,000m of the women’s 6,000m race …

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Hitting her stride

Blair Ryan  What a difference a summer makes.  The Oregon women’s cross country team carried the burden of great expectations on its shoulders as the Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA runner-ups from a season ago. It got a reprieve of sorts in the first race of the year, the Pre’s Trail …

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Clash of the titans: No. 1 versus No. 2 for the title

The Pacific-10 Conference men’s cross country championship race has an exceptional field, with five of the nine teams (Oregon State does not field a men’s cross country team) ranked in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. And yet, No. 13 Washington, No. 16 Arizona State …

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Washington is clear favorite for Pac-10 championship

Taylor Schefstrom With the women’s Pacific-10 Conference Cross Country Championships taking place tomorrow, it’s hard not to remember Washington’s breakthrough performance at last season’s Pac-10s.  The Huskies came into Springfield Country Club in 2008 and, in the words of senior Nicole Blood, “we kind of underestimated them.”   A large …

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He’s back: Puskedra wins

40.2 minutes. Whatever disappointment Luke Puskedra had left over from the Bill Dellinger Invitational two weeks ago was left behind, along with the rest of the pack, at the Pre-National Invitational Saturday.  The sophomore from Ogden, Utah, who finished 11th at the Dellinger after finishing third last year, completed the …

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Ducks fly to Indiana for Pre-Nationals

The No. 7 Oregon men and the No. 4 Oregon women will flex their competitive muscles in two races this weekend. The teams will split and compete at Friday’s Mike Hodges Invitational at Clackamas Community College and Saturday’s Pre-Nationals Invitational, held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, …

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The next Pre?

Blair Ryan How did Oregon freshman Jordan Hasay feel about her first collegiate race — thewomen’s 5,000m run — at Friday’s Bill Dellinger Invitational?  “It was pretty different,” Hasay confessed. “It was a lot tougher than I expected. Not really knowing all the girls in the front pack … in …

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Athlete of the Week: Matt Centrowitz

The junior from Arnold, Md. and son of Oregon distance running great Matt Centrowitz was the lead Duck at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, finishing fourth overall during the 8,000m men’s race. Centrowitz finished 45th overall in last year’s NCAA Cross Country Championships, and was the fourth Oregon runner to cross …

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Oregon can’t shake the rust at Dellinger

Blair Ryan Several members of the Oregon men’s and women’s cross country teams referred to the Bill Dellinger Invitational— held Friday at Springfield Country Club — as a “rust-buster.”Some had more rust to shake off than others.  No. 5 Villanova held off No. 2 Oregon in the 5,000m women’s race, …

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Ready to make a statement

The Oregon women are calm and focused, confident in their preparation and performance in training camp. An admirable mindset, going into what many expect to be a coming out party. “Everyone has really upped their training and everyone is feeling really good so we’re just excited to get out there …

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Ducks finish in top five at Dellinger Invitational

Villanova junior Sheila Reid thwarted an attempt by Oregon junior Alex Kosinski to pass her with 200 meters remaining in the 5,000m race to take the women’s individual title in 16 minutes, 22.92 seconds and help the Wildcats win the women’s team title at the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Friday …

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Big shoes to fill

Ivar Vong Luke Puskedra’s 2008 cross country season could not have been any better for a highly touted freshman.   He was a productive runner for the Oregon Ducks, and he was not required to carry more than his share of the workload. Puskedra, a native of Salt Lake City, …

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