Teams compete at Pac-12 Cross Country Championships
2015 Pac-12 Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championships
Friday, October 30, 2015
Colfax Golf Club, Colfax, Wash.
Hosted by Washington State University
The 46th-annual men's and 30th-annual women's Pac-12 Cross Country Championships take place on Friday, Oct. 30 in Colfax, Wash. WASHINGTON STATE will host the championships. The men's race features six ranked teams, including four-time defending Conference champion and two-time NCAA Champion COLORADO. On the women's side, five teams are ranked in the latest poll, including defending champion OREGON. Individually, UO's Edward Cheserek will attempt to be the first-ever runner to win three-straight Pac-12 individual crowns.
PAC-12 TELEVISION COVERAGE ... The Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks on a tape-delayed basis. The first airing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. PT. Dwight Stones will serve as the analyst, Jim Watson will provide play-by-play and Lewis Johnson will be the reporter. Check local listing for channel and additional air times.
ON-SITE COVERAGE ... Exclusive content on every Pac-12 men’s and women’s cross country team will be available on the Pac-12’s official website at www.pac-12.com. Hover over the ‘Events’ tab on the navigation bar and click on ‘Cross Country’ or click on this link: http://pac-12.com/cross-country/championships. Previews, as well as real-time coverage on the day of the Championships, will be posted, including live stats and Twitter (@pac12) and Facebook (pac12conference) updates. At the conclusion of the race, official results and recaps will be posted on the page.
2015 PAC-12 CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS MICROSITE ... Links to each institution’s cross country website can be found here: http://pac-12.com/cross-country/championships. School cross country pages include links to current rosters, results and recent news releases. On the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships webpage, fans can find links to the event preview, recent Conference news and history.
2015 PAC-12 CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS ... See real-time splits and who crosses the line first for the men’s and women’s races with live stats updates on the Pac-12 website (www.pac-12.com) on the cross country championships page (http://pac-12.com/cross-country/championships). Stats are unofficial until after the championships conclude, when official final results for both races will be available on the championship page.
CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS ... Pac-12 teams have won 22 NCAA Championships. On the men’s side, Conference teams have won 15 national championships, with four teams claiming titles. COLORADO has won back-to-back titles, winning last year’s crown ahead of fellow Conference foe STANFORD. It was the Buffaloe’s fifth title all-time, tying for fifth-most in NCAA history. OREGON has the most NCAA titles of any Pac-12 team, winning six, which ranks as the fourth-most in the history of the championship.
OREGON’s Edward Cheserek won his second-straight NCAA individual crown by a four-second margin, giving the Ducks their seventh all-time individual title. That ties for the most individual champions in NCAA Championships history with WASHINGTON STATE. Four of the last seven individual champions have come from a Pac-12 institution. Seven different Pac-12 teams claim an individual NCAA champion, dating back to 1957, including Colorado (4), ARIZONA (3), OREGON STATE (1), USC (1) and UCLA (1).
On the women’s side, four different Pac-12 teams have won NCAA cross country team titles, with STANFORD’s five accounting for the second-most in the country all-time. OREGON’s three women’s titles are fourth-most all-time, while COLORADO’s two are tied for the fifth most. ARIZONA has had two individual champions, while the Buffs have had one.
POLL NOTES ... The Pac-12 has been well-represented in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings all season. Six men’s teams and five women’s teams are ranked heading into the Pac-12 Championships. COLORADO is the No. 1 team in the country and has been since the final poll of the 2013 campaign.
The UTAH women jumped into the poll this week, its first-ever appearance in the national poll. The Utes are ranked 19th with 139 points after placing sixth at the stacked Pre-National Invitational held at the site of the 2015 NCAA Championships in Louisville in November. The Pac-12 still has three teams in the top 10, as COLORADO sits at No. 3 with 328 points, followed by No. 5 OREGON with 307 points and STANFORD has 250 points for No. 10. WASHINGTON collected 231 and is ranked No. 12, while CALIFORNIA is also receiving votes.
The Buffalo men have been the No. 1 team in the nation dating back to the final poll of the 2013 campaign. Colorado won the Pre-National Invitational last weekend where it finished ahead of OREGON, who is ranked No. 3 with 328 points. The Buffs have 11 first-place votes and 359 points. It is the first time since the first week of the 2014 poll Colorado did not have all 12 first-place votes.
UCLA made a big jump in the polling, going from No. 20 to No. 15 this week with 190 points. The Bruins were ninth at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational over the weekend, a meet that frequently features some of the top teams in the nation. Meanwhile, WASHINGTON (115) reenters the poll, moving up to No. 20. CALIFORNIA (102) also improved its position in the polling, moving up one spot to No. 21. STANFORD is No. 23 (83) this week, its lowest ranking since 2013, but has yet to run a full “A” squad this season.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? ... The NCAA Regional Championships will be Friday, Nov. 13. The Mountain Regional (hosted by the University of New Mexico) will be held in Albuquerque, N.M., and the West Regional (hosted by University of Washington) in Seattle. The NCAA National Championships are being held in Louisville, Ky. (hosted by University of Louisville) on Saturday, Nov. 21.
NEXT YEAR ... Arizona will host the 2016 Pac-12 Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championships at the Randolph North Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.