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Oregon's men capture second at NCAA meet

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Oregon's men's team placed four runners in the top 31 to rally for second place at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Monday at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course.

For the Ducks, who entered the race as the two-time defending NCAA champions but were only ranked eighth in the national polls, Monday's race marked the school's third straight NCAA trophy. It's Oregon's best stretch since finishing in the top two for four consecutive years between 1976-79.

The Oregon women were ninth.

Sophomore Luke Puskedra led the men with a 21st-place finish in 30:01.9. Junior Matthew Centrowitz ran 27th in 30:09.5, senior Kenny Klotz was 29th in 30:13.9 and junior Danny Mercado was 29th in 30:15.4.

Senior Diego Mercado's 61st-place showing in 30:34.4 rounded out the scoring for the Ducks, who finished just 16 points behind second-ranked Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys won with 127 points, followed by Oregon with 143 points. No. 3 Alabama was third with 173 points, followed by No. 13 Northern Arizona (190) and No. 7 William & Mary (226). Top-ranked Stanford ended up 10th with 354 points.

Liberty's Sam Chelanga, runner-up to Galen Rupp a year ago, won the individual title in a course-record 28:41.3.

The Duck women were led by Jordan Hasay's 18th-place finish in 20:23.1. The freshman from Arroyo Grande, Calif., won the first All-America award of her young career.

No. 2 Villanova won the race with 86 points. Angela Bizzarri of Illinois was the individual winner in 19:46.8.