Duck M&W Harriers Each Finish Fourth at NCAA Western Regionals

Nov. 11, 2000

FRESNO, Calif. - Although they won't know officially until Monday, the University of Oregon men's and women's cross country teams positioned themselves for likely NCAA bids after fourth-place finishes Saturday at the NCAA Western Regional Championships at Woodward Park.

The Duck women came away with their strongest race of the season, finishing fourth in the 26-team women's field which featured four, top-10 ranked teams. The Ducks tallied 169 points to narrowly edge an injury-depleted No. 9 Washington (fifth, 170), while No. 2 Stanford (58) won the team title over No. 4 Arizona State (second, 88) and No. 7 Arizona (third, 126).

'I'm really proud of our team for battling because it's been a rough season,' Oregon women's coach Tom Heinonen said. 'We're certainly going to get an at-large berth. I'm not worried about the NCAA committee decision on Monday. I'm really proud of our team to jump from seventh at the Pac-10 to finish fourth in the region. Once again the team ran well at the end of the season when it was important.'

Senior Hanna Smedstad led the team for the fifth consecutive race, clocking 20:42 on the six-kilometer course. Senior Katie Crabb scored a best-ever regional finish (15th, 20:58), followed by sophomore Eri Macdonald (45th, 21:53), senior Rhiannon Glenn (46th, 21:55), freshman Laura Harmon (66th, 22:24), sophomore Erinn Gulbrandsen (74th, 22:33) and junior Carrie Zografos (93rd, 22:51).

'They started faster than they have all season which was difficult in itself because the pace was faster than we've seen, and we were farther up early on,' Heinonen said. 'At the end, our team closed well and ran the last 3/4 mile strong.

The team's finish made up for a disappointing seventh-place, conference meet effort two weeks earlier in Seattle, and should secure the Ducks their 24 national meet trip for Heinonen, in his 26th year as head coach. The team will receive official notice Monday by 9 a.m. Pacific Time as the decision is based on prior wins during the season against the other 18 automatic qualifying teams (the top two from each of the nine regions nationally) and other potential at-large qualifiers.

'Hanna was solid again and is a threat to be an All-American with another step up in her performance at NCAA's,' Heinonen said. 'Katie beat several people who she lost to at Pac-10's. She was a solid top 20 runner the whole race and had a strong finish. Eri started fast and was ahead of Katie and in the top 20 early after 2 kilometers, then yo-yo'ed her way through the field, but then finished really well and really fast. Eri ran better than she has and she will mature and will be a very good cross country runner. Rhiannon rebounded from being ill at the Pac-10 meet, and had a huge jump in her performance which was critical. Laura and Erinn were solid and ran as well at the Pac-10 meet and that was what we needed. Laura was surrounded by number five runners from other teams that we were racing with and hung in there. Carrie tried a new tactic and went out faster than she had and paid for it at the end, but she tried. '

On the men's side, the No. 10 Duck men also put in another solid effort, taking fourth overall behind No. 2 Stanford (first, 58), No. 12 Arizona (62) and Cal Poly (third, 114). Other ranked teams in the field included No. 30 Arizona State (fifth, 128) and No. 31 Portland (sixth, 150). The Ducks' regular-season performances against many of the nation's best teams also virtually guarantees them their 29th trip to the NCAA Championships.

Sophomore Jason Hartmann scored his second runner-up finish in as many meets, clocking 30:42 just behind another familiar face, Pac-10 champion Jonathon Riley from Stanford (30:40). Oregon's Michael Kasahun registered his best-ever finish for the team taking fourth overall (30:45) after placing 26th at last year's edition. The rest of the Duck finishers included a trio of first-time regional scorers - junior Adam Bregquist (34th, 31:47), freshman John Lucas (38th, 31:53) and senior Lincoln Nehring (45th, 32:10). A pair of freshmen, Noel Paulson (60th, 32:30) and Brett Holts (74th, 32:56), wrapped up the entry list.

Looking ahead, the Duck cross country teams will receive official notice Monday morning if they've received one of 13 respective at-large NCAA Championships M&W bids awarded nationally by the NCAA committee besides the 18 automatic positions (the top two teams from of the each of the nine regionals nationally). The top four individuals from each regional not from a qualifying team also advance to the NCAA finale, as well as two additional at-large athletes selected from across the nation.



NCAA Cross Country Western Regional Championships
Woodward Park
Fresno State University
Fresno, Calif.
Saturday, November 11, 2000
Course Conditions:
Temps in mid 50s, calm, sunny, some standing water on course from heavy rains during week, but course still fast.

Men's Team Results - 1, Stanford, 58, 2, Arizona, 62, 3, Cal Poly, 114, 4, Oregon, 122, 5, Arizona State. 128, 6, Portland, 150. 7, UCLA, 167. 8, Washington, 207. 9, Santa Barbara, 230. 10, California, 259. 11, Washington State, 321. 12, Fresno State, 389. 13, Boise State, 390. 14, San Jose State, 421. 15, Cal State Fullerton, 431. 16, Sacramento State, 446. 17, Eastern Washington, 461. 18, Santa Clara, 494. 19, San Diego, 553. 20, Pepperdine, 605. 21, Portland State, 622

Men's Individual Results (6.21 Miles) - 1, Jonathon Riley, Stanford, 30 minutes, 40 seconds. 2, Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 30:42. 3, Tom Prindiville, Arizona, 30:43. 4, Michael Kasahun, Oregon, 30:45. 5, Steve Smith, Arizona, 30:49. 6, Avery Blackwell, Cal Poly, 30:51. 7, Thomas Murley, Stanford, 30:59. 8, Louis Luchini, Stanford, 31:04. 9, Girmay Guangul, California, 31:11. 10, Bryan Green, UCLA, 31:13. 11, Adam Boothe, Cal Poly, 31:14. 12, Ryan Craig, Portland, 31:15. 13, Seth Hejny, Stanford, 31:15. 14, Paul Muite, UCLA, 31:16. 15, Jeff Driscoll, Portland, 31:17. 16, Mike Cramer, Arizona, 31:17. 17, Juan Reyes, Arizona State, 31:17. 18, David Lopez, 31:18. 19, Kris Alexander, Arizona State, 31:20. 20, Rick Weis, Arizona, 31:24.

Other Duck Men's Finishers - 34, Adam Bergquist, 31:47. 38, John Lucas, 31:53. 45, Lincoln Nehring, 32:10. 60, Noel Paulson, 32:30. 74, Brett Holts, 32:56.

Women's Team Results - 1, Stanford, 58 points. 2, Arizona State, 88. 3, Arizona, 126. 4, Oregon, 169. 5, Washington, 170. 6, Cal Poly, 187. 7, Washington State, 188. 8, UCLA, 199. 9, UC Irvine, 219. 10, Idaho, 221. 11, Portland, 274. 12, Santa Barbara, 347. 13, Hawai'i, 380. 14, Boise State, 393. 15, Sacramento State, 467. 16, San Diego State, 492. 17, Portland State, 500. 18, Fresno State, 512. 19, Gonzaga, 520. 20, San Jose State, 565. 21, Cal State Northridge, 617. 22, Cal State Fullerton, 648. 23, Santa Clara, 657. 24, St, Mary's College, 671. 25, Pepperdine, 752. 26, Pacific, 773.

Women's Individual Results (3.73 miles) - 1, Lisa Aguilera, Arizona State, 20:25. 2, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 20:33. 3, Mary Duerbeck, Arizona State, 20:36. 4, Elena Villarreal, Stanford, 20:37. 5, Kate Bradshaw, Washington, 20:37. 6, Katie Barto, UNLV, 20:38. 7, Cami Matson, Washington, 20:40. 8, Hanna Smedstad, Oregon, 20:42. 9, Tara Chaplin, Arizona, 10, Christina Bowen, UCLA, 11, Kareen Nilsson, UC Irvine, 20:48. 12, Jillian Mastroianni, Stanford, 20:53. 13, Nicole Ricci, Portland, 20:54. 14, Ryan Gilmore, Washington State, 20:56. 15, Katie Crabb, 16, Jennifer Burris, Arizona, 21:00. 17, Carolyn Jones, Cal Poly, 21:03. 18, Brianna Torres, Arizona State, 21:04. 19, Cheryl Smith, Hawaii, 21:05. 20, Victoria Chang, Stanford, 21:08.

Other Duck Women's Finishers - 45, Eri Macdonald, 21:53. 46, Rhiannon Glenn, 21:55. 66, Laura Harmon, 22:24. 74, Erinn Gulbrandsen, 22:33. 93, Carrie Zografos, 22:51.

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