Mestler Takes Third at Pac-12 Championships
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Running in Friday's Pac-12 Cross Country Championships, Jackson Mestler ran to a career best third-place individual finish at the Chambers Bay Golf Course. With his top-seven showing, Mestler earns a spot on the all-conference first team for the first time in his career.
Overall, the Men of Oregon finished fourth in the team race while Moira O'Shea was the Ducks' top performer on the women's side.
Mestler crossed the finish line in a time of 22:54.7, securing the best Pac-12 showing of his career with a previous best of 12th place at the 2018 conference meet. Prior to earning first-team accolades this year, Mestler had tallied second-team honors in 2018 (12th place) and 2019 (14th).
Aside from Mestler and Jack Yearian, the Ducks' lineup featured three newcomers in their Pac-12 Championships debuts. Yearian was the second Oregon runner across the line in 23:37.7, good for a 25th-place result.
Freshmen Evan Holland and Quincy Norman were third and fourth in the UO lineup, respectively. Senior transfer Steven Neumaier rounded out the top five in 51st place overall.
4. Oregon – 139 points
3. Jackson Mestler – 22:54.7
25. Jack Yearian – 23:37.7
31. Evan Holland – 23:48.9
41. Quincy Norman – 24:45.5
51. Steven Neumaier – 24:53.3
The Women of Oregon had four runners in the field and were led by a career-high conference finish by O'Shea. She navigated the 6K course in a time of 20:48.6, good for a 38th-place finish overall. A year ago at the 2019 Pac-12 meet, O'Shea finished 76th and had a previous conference-best showing of 40th place overall at the 2018 Big Ten Championships during her time at Penn State.
In her debut at the Pac-12 Championships, Berry (20:56.5) was the second UO runner across the line. Francesca Ierulli also posted an improvement from year ago, finishing in 54th place overall; up from her 69th-place outing as a freshman in 2019. The Ducks' final runner was Caramia Mestler in 63rd place.
38. Moira O'Shea – 20:48.6
43. Melissa Berry – 20:56.5
54. Francesca Ierulli – 21:08.8
63. Caramia Mestler – 21:32.9
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