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Teare Posts Runner-Up Finish at Nuttycombe

Oct 15, 2021

MADISON, Wis. – Behind a pair of top-five individual performances, the Men of Oregon posted a sixth-place finish Friday at the Nuttycombe Invitational. Cooper Teare was the runner-up and UO newcomer Aaron Bienenfeld crossed in fourth place.
Paced by a top-30 individual outing by Alessia Zarbo, the Women of Oregon finished 18th overall at the Nuttycombe Invitational. Zarbo navigated the 6K course in 20:40.6 and was the first Pac-12 performer across the finish line. The Valbonne, France, native was coming off a 22nd-place effort at the Dellinger Invitational (Sept. 23).
Up next: The Ducks are sending a handful of runners to Saturday's Lewis & Clark Invitational at McIver State Park in Estacada, Ore. The meet is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. (PT). The postseason begins Friday, Oct. 29, at the Pac-12 Championships in Salt Lake City. The conference meet will air and stream live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Serving as a potential preview of the individual race at the conference meet, spots two through four were occupied by the Pac-12 with Stanford's Charles Hicks in between Teare (23:20.9) and Bienenfeld (23:23.2). In their last outing, the UO pair finished 1-2 at the Dellinger meet.
Reed Brown (24:12.2) was the third runner across for the UO men, and after getting caught in an early pileup of runners, both Caleb Brown (24:26.6) and Abdinasir Hussein (24:34.8) responded to finish in the team's top five. At the 2K mark, Brown sat in 193rd place and over the final three-quarters of the race, he picked up more than 100 spots in the standing.
In head-to-head results, the UO women finished ahead of five top-30 teams—No. 20 Villanova, No. 21 Indiana, No. 26 UConn, No. 28 Furman and No. 30 Oregon State—in their final race before conference. Oregon was receiving votes in the most recent release of the USTFCCCA national poll. The Ducks were also within striking distance of fellow Pac-12 teams Washington (15th place) and Stanford (16th).
The Ducks picked up additional top-100 results from Aneta Konieczek (21:11.9) in 84th place and Malia Pivec (21:18.1) in 100th place. Konieczek was making her season debut for the Ducks. The UO top five also featured freshman Harper McClain (21:27.1) and fellow newcomer Dania Holmberg (21:51.1) who improved her position by 16 spots over the final 2K.
Nuttycombe Invitational | Final Results
6. Men of Oregon – 272
              2. Cooper Teare – 23:20.9 (2)
              4. Aaron Bienenfeld – 23:23.2 (4)
              68. Reed Brown – 24:12.2 (68)
              90. Caleb Brown – 24:26.6 (89)
              110. Abdinasir Hussein – 24:34.8 (109)
              137. Jack Yearian – 24:44.8 (136)
              177. Jackson Mestler – 25:14.0 (172)
18. Women of Oregon – 505
              28. Alessia Zarbo – 20:40.6 (28)
              84. Aneta Konieczek – 21:11.9 (83)
              100. Malia Pivec – 21:18.1 (99)
              122. Harper McClain – 21.27.1 (119)
              179. Dania Holmberg – 21:51.1 (176)
              182. Nicole Louw – 21:52.5 (179)
              205. Caramia Mestler – 22:12.7 (201)
              244. Anika Thompson – 22:48.2 (--)
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