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Postseason Begins Friday in Utah

Oct 28, 2021

EUGENE, Ore. – Two weeks removed from their last outing, the Men and Women of Oregon are off to Salt Lake City for the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships. The conference meet goes off Friday with the men's 8K followed by the women's 6K. The television broadcast on the Pac-12 Network begins at 9 a.m. (PT).
 
How to Follow
Pac-12 Championships (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Men's 8K – 9 a.m. | Women's 6K – 10 a.m. (both times PT)
TV: Pac-12 Network | Watch Online | Meet Results
 
UO and the Pac-12 Championships
Collectively, the Ducks have won 26 conference titles—16 men, 10 women—in program history. The UO men are looking for their first league title since 2008. The team has five runner-up showings in that time, most recently in 2019. The most recent of the UO women's Pac-12 titles came in 2018.
 
Titles by the Years
Men (16): 1969-70, '73, '76-79, '82, '88-90, '92, '95, '06-08
Women (10): 1986-88, '90-92, '95, '12, '14, '18
 
Individually, the Ducks have collected 24 conference titles—16 men, eight women—spread among 16 runners. Edward Cheserek is the most recent UO man to win the conference meet, a four-time Pac-12 champion between 2013-16. The UO women last won an individual crown in 2010 with Jordan Hasay.
 
This year marks the first Pac-12 Championships meet in Salt Lake City.
 
In the Rankings
Including the Ducks, the men's race will feature four top-30 teams in the latest release of the USTFCCCA national rankings. The UO men check in at No. 12; defending Pac-12 champion Stanford is ranked fourth in the nation. On the women's side, there are a similar four top-30 teams in the field while the Women of Oregon are receiving votes in the most recent edition of the USTFCCCA rankings.
 
Ranked Teams in the Pac-12
Men: 3. Colorado; 4. Stanford; 12. OREGON; 26. Washington
Women: 4. Colorado; 8. Utah; 18. Washington; 23. Stanford; RV – OREGON, Oregon State
 
Last Time Out
Behind a pair of top-five individual performances, the Men of Oregon posted a sixth-place finish at the Nuttycombe Invitational (Oct. 15) in Madison, Wis. Cooper Teare was the meet runner-up while Aaron Bienenfeld crossed the finish in fourth place. The UO women were paced by Alessia Zarbo who was the top Pac-12 performer in 28th place overall. The Ducks were 18th overall and finished ahead of five top-30 teams in the race.
 
Up Next: The NCAA West Regional Championships will be contested in two weeks—Friday, Nov. 12—at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif. The top-two teams in each race earn an automatic spot at the NCAA Championships (Nov. 20) in Tallahassee, Fla.
 
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