Duck Cross Country Teams Finish Eighth and Third at Pac-10 Championships

Oct. 27, 2001

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Facing temperatures in the Arizona desert in the upper 80s, the University of Oregon men's and women's cross country teams opened their championship seasons Saturday at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, held at Pavilion Lakes Golf Course near Tempe.

The Duck women finished eighth overall with 210 points in the nine-team field. Stanford won the competition with 27 points, followed by a topsy-turvy order of No. 11 Arizona (second, 64), No. 7 Arizona State (third, 79), No. 22 UCLA (fourth, 54), No. 13 Washington (fifth 109), USC (seventh, 168) and California (ninth, 259).

Redshirt junior Carrie Zografos (35th, 22:58.8) paced a UO scoring unit that was separated by 40 only seconds that included sophomore Magdalena Sandoval (37th, 23:06.9), junior Erinn Gulbrandsen (44th, 23:32.6), sophomores Annette Mosey (46th, 23:34.2) and Laura Harmon (48th, 23:39.7). Other UO finishers included freshman Sara Schaaf (56th, 25:05.1) and redshirt sophomore Alicia Snyder-Carlson (60th, 26:20.5).

'Our team is all middle distance runners, and they didn't handle the heat or competition very well,' Oregon women's coach Tom Heinonen said. 'They got out reasonably at the start on a day that was getting hotter all the time, but weren't able to move up, except for Magdalena and Erinn.'

Stanford junior Lauren Fleshman ran away with the individual win on the 6K course (20:08.1), ahead of freshman teammate Sara Bei (second, 20:17.4), returning champ and Arizona senior Tara Chaplin (third, 20:19.6) and Washington State's Everlyn Lagat (fourth, 20:48.0). Pre-race favorite and Washington senior Sabrina Munro -- the top NCAA returnee and second at the 2000 collegiate finale -- dropped out during Saturday's race.

The No. 20-ranked Duck men took third with 78 points in the eight-team men's race, narrowly trailing No. 19 Arizona State (second, 75) and No. 2 Stanford (first, 27). Oregon edged two top-25 teams - No. 13 Arizona (fourth, 96) and No. 24 Washington (fifth, 102) - along with UCLA (sixth, 148), Washington State (seventh, 163) and California (eighth, 192).

Individually, junior Jason Hartmann recovered from a hard fall in the second mile to still lead the Duck men for the third time this season. Ranking approximately fifth when he was tangled up with a Stanford runner, the Rockford, Mich., got up slowly but eventually moved back up to sixth at the finish of the 8-kilometer race (24:30.9). The remaining five Duck finishers all finished top-30, including a breakthrough performance by redshirt senior Adam Bergquist (11th, 25:00.4), followed by sophomores John Lucas (17th, 25:10.0) and Brett Holts (21st, 25:17.2), and redshirt freshmen Ryan Andrus (23rd, 25:23.8) and Eric Logsdon (30th, 25:50.1). The other entrant, freshman Seth Pilkington, dropped out in the first half of the race.

Stanford junior Grant Robison captured the individual title (24:04.0), ahead of Arizona State's Fasil Bizuneh (24:06.4), Cardinal teammate Donald Sage (third, 24:11.4) and Washington's Jason Fayant (fourth, 24:17.7).

Next up for the Duck squads after a week off from racing is the NCAA Western Regional Championships in Tucson, Ariz. - one of nine meets held nationally on Saturday, Nov. 10 to determine the 31-team NCAA Championships on Monday, Nov. 19 in Furman, S.C. The top two team finishers and top four individuals (from non-qualifying teams) from each regional advance automatically. An additional 13 teams and two individuals will be selected two days later, Monday, Nov., 12 based on their regional finishes and head-to-head records against other NCAA qualifiers and potential qualifiers.



Final Results

Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Men's 8,000 meters, Women's 6,000 meters
Pavilion Lakes Golf Course
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001

Women's Team Results - 1, Stanford 27 points. 2, Arizona 64. 3, Arizona State 79. 4, UCLA 107. 5, Washington 109. 6, Washington State 155. 7, USC 168. 8, Oregon 210. 9, California 259.

Women's Individual Results - 1, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 20 minutes, 8.1 seconds. 2, Sara Bei, Stanford, 20:17.4. 3, Tara Chaplin, Arizona, 20:19.6. 4, Everlyn Lagat, WSU, 20:48.0. 5, Alicia Craig, Stanford, 20:56.0. 6, Lisa Gibbs, Washington, 20:56.5. 7, Lisa Aguilera, Arizona State, 21:00.4. 8, Mariel Ettinger, Stanford, 21:09.7. 9, Briana Torres, ASU, 21:10.3. 10, Kelly MacDonald, ASU, 21:12.7. 11, Erin Sullivan, Stanford, 21:13.1. 12, Beth Hoge, 13, Erin Doherty, Arizona, 21:25.3. 14, Caroline Annis, Stanford, 21:35.2. 15, Jennifer Burris, Arizona, 21:38.2. 16, Elaine Canchola, 21:43.8. 17, Jamie Gibbs, Washington, 21:48.5. 18, Sarah Ellis, USC, 21:50.9. 19, Valerie Flores, UCLA, 21:51.27. 20, Carolyn Shea, UCLA, 21:53.5.

Oregon Women's Finishers - 35, Carrie Zografos, 22:58.8. 37, Magdalena Sandoval, 23:06.9. 44, Erinn Gulbrandsen, 23:32.6. 46, Annette Mosey, 23:34.2. 48, Laura Harmon, 23:39.7. 56, Sara Schaaf, 25:05.1. 60, Alicia Snyder-Carlson, 27:12.3.

Men's Team Results - 1, Stanford 28 points. 2, Arizona State 75. 3, Oregon 78. 4, Arizona 96. 5, Washington 102. 6, UCLA 148. 7, Washington State 163. 8, California 192.

Men's Individual Results - 1, Grant Robison, Stanford, 24 minutes, 4.0 seconds. 2, Fasil Bizuneh, Arizona State, 24:06.4. 3, Donald Sage, Stanford, 24:11.4. 4, Jason Fayant, Washington, 24:17.7. 5, Ian Dobson, Stanford, 234:26.3. 6, Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 24:30.9. 7, Daniel Parris, Stanford, 24:35.8. 8, Ronnie Buchanan, ASU, 24:52.6. 9, Juan Reyes, ASU, 24:53.8. 10, Kyle Goklish, Arizona, 25:00.1. 11, Adam Bergquist, Oregon, 25:00.4. 12, Seth Hejny, Stanford, 25:00.7. 13, Mike Cramer, Arizona, 25:01.3. 14, Mark Anderson, Arizona, 25:03.7. 15, J.J. Duke, ASU, 25:05.5. 16, Oscar Franco-Parrar, WSU, 25:07.1. 17, John Lucas, Oregon, 25:10.0. 18, Bryan Green, UCLA, 25:11.7. 19, Ben Aragon, UCLA, 25:12.3. 20, Joe Urbanski, Stanford, 25:12.5.

Other Oregon Men's Finishers - 21, Brett Holts, 25:17.2. 23, Ryan Andrus, 25:23.8. 30, Eric Logsdon, 25:50.1.

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