Hasay leads Duck women to Pac-12 championship
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Jordan Hasay's runner-up finish led the third-ranked Oregon women to the Pac-12 Conference cross country championship on a windy Saturday at Robinson Ranch Golf Course.
The eighth-ranked Oregon men took third in the men's competition, in which a couple former Rogue Valley high school standouts fared well.
Sophomore Cole Watson of Rogue River, a junior at Oregon, was the Ducks' No. 5 runner, placing 39th with a time of 24:31 over the 8,000-meter course. Junior Drew Jordan, a North Medford High graduate, finished 43rd for Washington State in 24:37.
Oregon's women placed three runners in the top five to win their first title since 1995 and the eighth in school history.
The Ducks scored 47 points, followed by No. 5 Arizona with 69, No. 4 Stanford with 82, No. 6 Washington with 92, No. 21 Colorado with 124 and No. 24 UCLA with 172.
"Our women did an outstanding job today in the toughest conference meet in the country," said Oregon coach Robert Johnson. "They were strong from the start.
"It's very exciting to be able to bring our first Pac-12 women's cross country title back to Eugene. This was one of the few accomplishments that had eluded us in the new era at Oregon, so to speak, so this is a pretty big thing to check off the list."
Hasay added to her impressive Pac-12 resume, clocking 20:10. The senior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., won this race as a sophomore in 2010 and was third a year ago.
Alexi Pappas, a senior transfer from Dartmouth, was fourth in 20:11, while freshman Allie Woodward was fifth in 20:16.
Stanford's Kathy Kroeger was the individual winner in 20:06.
For the Oregon men, Trevor Dunbar and Parker Stinson took third and fourth, respectively. Both timed 23:28.
"The men did exactly what they needed to do today to keep moving toward the NCAA championships," said Johnson. "Trevor and Parker were right there up front the entire race and we also had some younger runners step up for us today."
Second-ranked Colorado successfully defended its Pac-12 title with 49 points. No. 3 Stanford was second with 82, followed by Oregon with 105, Arizona State with 105 and No. 15 UCLA with 113.
Oregon also counted a 31st place finish from freshman Matthew Melancon. The Eugene native finished in 24:19. Additionally, the men had a 32nd place finish from sophomore Ryan Pickering in 24:22 and Watson's effort.
Arizona's Lawi Lalang won the individual title in 22:49 and his teammate, Stephen Sambu, was second in 22:50.