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June Jones resigns as SMU football coach; Tom Mason to be interim coach

Published Jan 01, 0001

Jones starred as a player at Portland State.

June Jones resigned as football coach at Southern Methodist on Monday.

The Mustangs began the season 0-2, losing to Baylor 45-0 and to North Texas 43-6.

Jones cited personal issues for his decision to resign.

Jones grew up in Portland and attended Grant High School before becoming a record-setting, run-and-shoot quarterback for Mouse Davis at Portland State.

He used principles of Davis' spread passing attack throughout his coaching career, which included head-coaching stops with the Atlanta Falcons and, on an interim basis, the San Diego Chargers.

He coached Hawaii from 1999-2007, compiling a record of 76-41. His 2007 team went 12-1 and played in the Sugar Bowl.

Jones never was able to duplicate that level of success at SMU, where he went 46-53 beginning in 2008. The Mustangs were 5-7 last year.

Defensive coordinator Tom Mason will take over as interim coach. Mason was defensive coordinator at Portland State 1986-92, and served as interim head coach at Boise State in 1996.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Oregon men and Michigan State women win the Bill Dellinger Invite

Published Jan 01, 0001

The University of Portland women placed second.

BBMLUQCZJEWNCKG.20130910234948.jpgEdward Cheserek 

Reigning NCAA cross country champion Edward Cheserek led the third-ranked Oregon Ducks to victory Friday in the Bill Dellinger Invitational at Alton Baker Park in Eugene.

Cheserek won the 8,000-meter race in 24 minutes, 24 seconds. Teammate Matthew Melancon was second in 24:26.

The Ducks placed eight runners among the top 11 finishers in the men's race.

Oregon finished with 20 team points. Michigan State was second with 46.

The second-ranked Oregon women did not fare as well, placing third behind Michigan State and the University of Portland.

Michigan State runners finished 1-2-3 individually, and the Spartans had 20 team points. UP junior Anne Luijten was fourth.

Here is Oregon's release on the Dellinger Invitational.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Quick facts about the Bill Dellinger Invitational college cross country meet

Published Jan 01, 0001

This is Oregon's only home meet of the regular season.

BBMLUQCZJEWNCKG.20130910234948.jpgEdward Cheserek

What: The Bill Dellinger Invitational

When: Friday, 5:45 p.m.

Where: Alton Baker Park, Eugene

The skinny: This is Oregon's only home cross country meet of the year. The UO women are ranked No. 2 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Oregon men are No. 3. ... UO sophomore Edward Cheserek, the defending NCAA champion, is the country's top ranked men's individual by Saucony Flo 50. ... Other women's teams at the meet are Michigan State, Oregon State, Portland and Portland State. Other men's team at the meet are American, Michigan State and Portland State.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Oregon's Edward Cheserek is ranked No. 1 in college cross country

Published Jan 01, 0001

The University of Portland men's team is ranked sixth.

BBMLUQCZJEWNCKG.20130910234948.jpgEdward Cheserek 

The Saucony Flo 50 Division I cross country rankings are out, and Oregon sophomore Edward Cheserek is the No. 1-ranked man.

It makes sense, since Cheserek is the defending NCAA Division I cross country champion.

The UO men are ranked No. 4 as a team. The UO women are rated fifth.

The top-ranked men's team is Colorado. The University of Portland is No. 6. Michigan State is No. 1 in the women's rankings.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association team rankings were released last week.

The UO men were No. 3 and the UO women were No. 2.

The Ducks will host the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Friday at Alton Baker Park in Eugene.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Mary Cain plans to run in next week's Fifth Avenue Mile

Published Jan 01, 0001

A freshman at the University of Portland, Cain chose to not miss the class time to go to Zurich last week.

Mary Cain has been keeping a low profile since winning the 3,000 meters at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in July, but that is about to change.

Cain, who runs professionally for the Nike Oregon Project, expects to compete in the Fifth Avenue Mile next week in New York.

"She's had some great workouts," Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar said. "She's healthy. She's ready."

Cain had planned to run in Diamond League races last month in Stockholm and Zurich. But Salazar said he and Cain decided she wasn't in peak condition for Stockholm. Salazar said Cain was in shape to run in Zurich last week, but they chose not to travel to Europe for just one race.

Cain is a freshman at the University of Portland, which has begun classes for the fall semester.

"She told me she didn't want to miss school," Salazar said. "In the end, I didn't want her to get stressed out and miss classes. She would have missed five days of school."

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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