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The Oregon Ducks men and women both move up in the college cross country rankings

Published Jan 01, 0001

The Ducks are next in action on Oct. 17.

BBMLUQCZJEWNCKG.20130910234948.jpgEdward Cheserek 

Fresh from last week's sweep of the Washington Invitational, the Oregon men's and women's cross country team climbed higher in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association rankings, released Tuesday.

The UO men, who were paced at Washington by junior Edward Cheserek's 10th individual victory in his last 11 cross country races, moved from fifth to third.

The men's top five look like this: Colorado, Syracuse, Oregon, Stanford and Iona.

The UO women moved up one spot, from fifth to fourth.

The women's top five consists of New Mexico, Colorado, Providence, Oregon and Michigan.

The Ducks are next in action at the Pre National Invitational on Oct. 17 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Here the complete men's rankings and women's rankings from the USTFCCCA.

-- Ken Goe

503-221-8040 | @KenGoe

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This week's game is winnable for Oregon State; concern about Oregon's revolving QBs is overblown: Issues & Answers

Published Jan 01, 0001

This Arizona defense appears to be historically bad. Watch video

A few thoughts ...

-- Oregon State might not win Saturday at Arizona, but I like the Beavers' chances to be in the game.

If I bet on college games -- and, I don't -- I would be looking closely at the OSU-Arizona line. The Wildcats are favored by double digits despite back-to-back blowout losses to UCLA and Stanford.

Oregon State's defense has been solid this season. If Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon misses a second consecutive game because of the lingering effects of a concussion, the Wildcats will be one-dimensional offensively.

But Arizona's offensive problems pale when compared to those of the defense.

The Wildcats are last or second to last in the Pac-12 in most key statistical categories for defense.

Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen writes that the Cats' defense appears to be historically bad.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is insisting his team's defensive issues aren't because of scheme. If the issues are more about personnel, it's hard to see how they will get fixed by Saturday.

The Beavers, meanwhile, seem to be rubbing their hands in anticipation after watching video showing holes in the Arizona defense they think they can exploit.

-- There seems to be a lot of angst among Oregon fans about the UO quarterback situation, even after the Ducks won Saturday at Colorado.

The Ducks apparently went into that game with play packages for both Jeff Lockie and Taylor Alie, and played both.

It worked well enough for Oregon to leave Boulder with the victory. But not everybody is impressed.

Aaron Fentress of writes that this two-headed quarterback thing won't fly against good teams.

To which I reply, one game at a time. It's a long season, and the Ducks only need to be concerned this week about beating Washington State.

OK, more links:

WSU coach Mike Leach insists the Cougs' athletic facilities are better than Oregon's.

Is the omnipresent Nike influence at the University of Oregon interfering with the educational process?

The Ducks' latest uniform appropriates Lewis & Clark College's name and nickname.

The R-G's Austin Meek has some suggestions for the Ducks' next state-themed uniform. Voodoo Doughnut anyone? How about Portland's naked bike ride?

In this blog post, Spokesman-Review writer Jacob Thorpe says he's not a fan of Oregon's "Pioneer" uniforms.

Oregon's quarterback-by-committee approach is expected to continue.

The mix-and-match QB approach worked for the Ducks.

UO quarterback Vernon Adams is working hard, and waiting.

Adams says he will wait until he is 100 percent before he plays.

Adams praises Alie's performance at Colorado.

The UO offensive and defensive lines stepped up against Colorado.

As usual, the Ducks are being deliberately vague about the status of player. In this case, the suspended Darren Carrington.

UO offensive coordinator Scott Frost on Carrington: "I have no idea."

UO coach Mark Helfrich says running back Royce Freeman will get as many carries as necessary.

Taj Griffin's blinding speed is just what the Ducks need.

UO secondary coach John Neal suggests injured corner Chris Seisay will be back at some point this season.

Wazzu's 'Air Raid" could be a tough challenge for the struggling Oregon secondary.

Leach says the Cougs need to get better and do it faster.

Leach's new era at Wazzu looks a lot like the old era.

The Spokesman-Review's early look at the WSU-Oregon game.

The Oregon-Washington kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Oregon State coach Gary Andersen expects a bounce-back performance from Arizona.

The Beavers are preparing for Solomon to play at quarterback for Arizona.

Andersen talks about OSU's decision wear helmet decals honoring the Umpqua Community College shooting victims.

OSU running back Chris Brown is full-go in practice.

The Beavers' game with Washington State will kick off at 1 p.m.

North Texas won't change quarterbacks for Saturday's game with Portland State.

USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has personal experience with and respect for Washington's coaching staff.

USC linebacker Cameron Smith needs no introduction to Washington quarterback Jake Browning.

USC's slower pace on offense is having better results.

Washington's young defense braces for USC's speed.

UW coach Chris Petersen previews the Huskies' game Thursday with USC.

Petersen says the Trojans are under-ranked.

Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News: Utah's charmed Utes take on unbeaten Cal in a game with national significance.

Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune: It's all within reach for Utah.

After a career night against Oregon, Utah QB Travis Wilson aims for consistent excellence.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham says his team can handle the national attention.

Hunter Dimick, Utah's impact defense end, is expected to return from injury for Cal.

Cal faces a defining game at Utah.

Ten key stats help explain Cal's victory over Washington State.

Arizona State responded well to adversity and criticism.

ASU offensive line comes together.

Colorado's ground game has a ways to go.

The season is setting up well for Stanford.

Stanford's remarkable offensive turnaround continues.

Pete Thamel of UCLA has been exposed.

It's time for UCLA to open up the offense.

The injuries on UCLA's defense are becoming evident.

It's not a good time for UCLA's coaches to be stubborn.

SI's Lindsay Schnell begins a three-part, in-depth look at football in Hawaii. Portland native and Portland State graduate June Jones is quoted.

The links from Duck Sports Now.

The links from Beaver Sports Now.

-- Ken Goe

503-221-8040 | @KenGoe

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Some fans shy away from 2016 World Indoor Track & Field tickets because of price

Published Jan 01, 0001

Single-session tickets are expected to go on sale at some point.

Kevin Jones couldn't wait to purchase tickets for the 2016 World Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The meet is being held at the Oregon Convention Center and the Moda Center, March 17-20. It's the second time ever it has taken place in the U.S., and the first time since 1987.

"When they first announced the World Indoor was coming to Portland my heart skipped a beat," said Jones, a Communications Studies professor at George Fox University in Newberg and a lifelong track & field fan.

"It's on my bucket list."

Jones logged onto the Portland 2016 website when tickets went on sale, and was hit with sticker shock.

The cheapest available ticket is $225 for second level seats on the turn. Second-level seats on the straight are $295. Seats on the lower bowl are $385.

Buyers have to purchase a package for all three days of competition in the convention center. The pole vault will be a free, stand-alone event on March 17 in the Moda Center.

"I thought, 'Wow, how can I justify this?'" Jones said. "I could go by myself. Or, if I take my wife or daughter, it would be $600. I can take my wife and daughter to Mt. Hood and rent a cabin for that.

"I'm disappointed. I know this is big. I know they have to build a track. But I thought they would generate enough corporate sponsorship to keep the prices down."

So Jones has demurred, at least for now.

If responses to a recent Oregonian/ story about slow ticket sales for the World Indoor Championships are any indication, he isn't alone.

Vin Lananna is president of the TrackTown USA organizing committee, which is staging the meet.

Lananna said TrackTown USA looked at comparable events, such as Portland Trail Blazers games, the U.S. Olympic Trials for Track & Field, and other world championships events to guide its pricing decisions.

"Granted, I'm a track guy," Lananna said. "But I think this is a unique event for the state of Oregon and the city of Portland."

The temporary arena in the convention center will seat 7,000. Some seats were set aside for corporate sponsors and officials of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the governing body for international track & field.

Lananna didn't become involved in this to turn a profit for TrackTown USA. But he also doesn't want to go deep into the red.

"We have to run the meet," he said. "We're trying to make sure all the 'Is' are dotted and the 'Ts' are crossed so that we can put on a good event."

Lananna said TrackTown USA wanted fans willing to purchase all-session tickets to get first crack at the best available seats.

At some point, he said, remaining single-session tickets will go on sale.

Tickets for the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships, which are scheduled for the Oregon Convention Center on March 11-12, are not yet available.

"That will be a more affordable ticket, and single-session tickets will be available," Lananna said.

Jones, who has attended every U.S. Olympic Trials for Track & Field since 1984, will be waiting and watching for a cheaper way into the World Indoor.

"If I can grab a single-session ticket," he said, "yeah, I'll be interested."

-- Ken Goe

503-221-8040 | @KenGoe

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Oregon Ducks sweep the Washington Invitational cross country meet

Published Jan 01, 0001

Oregon's Edward Cheserek is the individual winner in the men's race.

CHVCFJDPTXXRDAT.20140912190402.jpgAlli Cash 

The Oregon men and women swept the Washington Invitational cross country meet Friday at the Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle.

Two-time reigning NCAA individual champion Edward Cheserek of Oregon won the 8,000-meter men's race in 23 minutes, 15.4 seconds. UO freshman Matthew Maton was eighth.

The UO men placed first overall with 52 points, followed by Stanford with 69, BYU with 70 and UCLA with 117.

Stanford's Aisling Cuffe finished first in the women's race, clocking a 6,000-meter time of 19:41.0.

Alli Cash of Oregon was second in 19:44.6, and teammate Maggie Schmaedick was fourth.

The UO women finished with 36 points, followed by Washington with 59, Stanford with 60 and BYU with 77.

Here are complete women's results for the Washington Invitational.

Here are complete men's results for the Washington Invitational.

-- Ken Goe

503-221-8040 | @KenGoe

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The Oregon Ducks move into the top five in the men's and women's cross country rankings

Published Jan 01, 0001

The Ducks are in action on Friday in Seattle.

BBMLUQCZJEWNCKG.20130910234948.jpgEdward Cheserek 

The Oregon mens' and women's cross country teams both moved into the top five of U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association rankings, announced Tuesday.

The UO men moved from sixth to fifth, and the UO women moved up two spots.

The Ducks have been idle since sweeping the men's and women's competition in the Bill Dellinger Invitational more than two weeks ago. They will compete Friday at the Washington Invitational in Seattle.

The men's top five looks like this: Colorado, Stanford, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Oregon.

The women's top five consists of New Mexico, Colorado, Providence, Stanford and Oregon.

Oregon's Edward Cheserek is the two-time reigning NCAA men's individual champion.

Here are the complete rankings from the USTFCCCA.

-- Ken Goe

503-221-8040 | @KenGoe

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