Pac-10 Men's & Women's Teams Compete at NCAA West Regional

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2010 NCAA Cross Country West Regional Meet

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010

Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ore.

Hosted by the University of Oregon



RACE SCHEDULE



9:25 a.m. • Women's teams called to start

9:30 a.m. • National Anthem

9:40 a.m. • Final instructions

9:45 a.m. • Women's 6,000 meter race

10:25 a.m. • Men's teams called to start

10:40 a.m. • Final instructions

10:45 a.m. • Men's 10,000 meter race



Men's Race

Pac-10 teams are headed to the NCAA West Regional to compete for one of two automatic bids up for grabs to the NCAA Championships. All eight Pac-10 men's teams will be competing in the 10,000-meter race, including Pac-10 Champion and second-ranked STANFORD.



The 25-team race also features four teams ranked in the latest USTFCCA Coaches poll, including No. 3 OREGON and No. 22 CALIFORNIA. Running alongside them are No. 11 Northern Arizona and No. 15 Portland. The Ducks play host to the regional.



Individually, Stanford's Chris Derrick won this race last season. He will be challenged by 2010 Pac-10 Individual Champion Elliott Heath and teammate Jake Riley, who placed second at the Conference meet, just a hair in front of Derrick. The three runners crossed the finish line nearly at the same time and were separated by merely .13 of a second. Luke Puskedra from Oregon is an All-American and will challenge the Cardinal runners, as well. ARIZONA's Stephen Sambu has made quite an impact on the Wildcat squad after transferring this season, finishing among the Conference's elite, placing fifth at Pac-10s.



Pac-10 teams have had a strong history at the regional meet, with the Cardinal winning the title 11 times. The Wildcats have won eight times and the Ducks seven times.



Teams that do not claim an automatic bid will have to wait until the NCAA's announcement of at-large and individual bids on Sunday, Nov. 14.



The NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held on Monday, Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, Ind. The top two teams from each regional earn automatic bids to the event, and the top four runners not associated with qualifying teams will advance as individuals.



Women's Race

The women's race is up for grabs with a highly competitive field of 30 teams, including every Pac-10 squad.



The women look to run another tough 6,000 meter race after a showdown in Seattle a couple of weeks ago when the Pac-10 crown was decided by six total points. Ranked fourth in the nation in the lastest USTFCCCA Coaches poll, Pac-10 Champion STANFORD looks to lead the pack again. But not too far away vying for the title and one of the two automatic berths are No. 6 ARIZONA, who is having a breakout year, No. 7 OREGON, No. 11 WASHINGTON and No. 26 CALIFORNIA. Also in the competitive field of women's teams is No. 27 San Francisco.



Looking to take the individual title is Oregon's Jordan Hasay, the 2010 Pac-10 Champion. The Cardinal leader is Kathy Kroeger, who placed second at Pac-10s, while Katie Flood, a freshman, jumped out in front for the Huskies and placed sixth in the individual competition at the league meet. Also making a big showing and carrying the Golden Bears was Deborah Maier, who was the third-place finisher at the Conference championships. ARIZONA STATE's Lindsay Prescott has been consistent for the Sun Devils, coming in the top 10 at the Pac-10 competition.



Historically, the Cardinal have fared very well at the regional meet, winning 14 titles. UO has captured 12.



Teams that do not claim an automatic bid will have to wait until the NCAA's announcement of at-large and individual bids on Sunday, Nov. 14.



The NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held on Monday, Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, Ind. The top two teams from each regional earn automatic bids to the event, and the top four runners not associated with qualifying teams will advance as individuals.

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