Oregon women win first cross country title

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Led by seniors Jordan Hasay, Alexi Pappas and Katie Conlon, the Oregon women captured their first NCAA cross country national title since 1987 Saturday at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.

Hasay led an impressive pack of Ducks who were in the race's top 50 nearly the entire 6,000 meter distance. Oregon ended up winning easily with 114 points, followed by Providence with 183, Stanford with 198 and Florida State with 202.

Hasay looked strong in the lead pack throughout, only falling to Iowa State's Betsy Saina and Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth at the tape. After a sprint to the finish, Saina was the 2012 individual champion in 19:27.9, followed by D'Agostino and Hasay both in 19:28.6.

It is the third NCAA women's cross country title in school history. The other came in 1987 and 1983 under coach Tom Heinonen.

Overall, it is the 20th NCAA championship in the University's history, 19 of which have come in track or cross country.

The men of Oregon had some ups and downs in their return to the NCAA meet after missing the Championships in 2011. The Ducks took 20th with 472 points.


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