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Oregon men and women both ranked third in the year's final college cross country polls

Published Jan 01, 0001

The University of Portland men are No. 7.

Lystad_Tansey_web.jpgTansey Lystad 

The Oregon men's and women's teams both will carry No. 3 rankings from the USA Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association into the NCAA Championships Saturday at Terre Haute, Ind.

The University of Portland moved up one spot in the men's poll, from No. 8 to No. 7.

The Ducks swept last Friday's West Regional Championships at Stanford. The UP men were second.

The Oregon men and women and the UP men qualified their entire teams for the NCAA Championships. Tansey Lystad of the University of Portland placed sixth in the women's race at the West Regional, and qualified as an individual.

Here are the top five in the final men's poll: Colorado, Syracuse, Oregon, Oklahoma State and Villanova. Colorado held the top spot for the entire season. Syracuse and Oregon traded places this week.

The top five in the women's poll looks like this: Michigan State, Georgetown, Oregon and Iowa State.

Here are the final men's rankings from the USTFCCCA.

Here are the final women's rankings from the USTFCCCA.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Eugene organizers are confident as they await Tuesday's decision about the 2019 World Outdoor Championships

Published Jan 01, 0001

Eugene, Barcelona and Qatar are the three finalists.

Representatives of TrackTown USA and USA Track & Field are in Monaco putting the last touches on their final sales pitch for Eugene's bid for the 2019 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Eugene, Doha and Barcelona, the three finalists, will appear before the 27-member IAAF Council, make presentations and take questions.

The Council then will vote to award the bid.

It will take 14 votes to secure the bid. If none of the three cities gets 14 on the first ballot, the city with fewest votes will be eliminated and there will be a second ballot.

The decision is expected to be announced at 4 a.m. PST.

"We're excited to be in this position," TrackTown CEO Michael Reilly said Monday on a conference call with reporters. "We've put together a fantastic team, and we know the IAAF Council will have a difficult choice."

Reilly said the Eugene bid is built around a theme of creating a positive experience for the athletes, although he declined to reveal specifics.

USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel said that Eugene has a history of putting on major events, noting that the city has staged the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for Track & Field and the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.

"We feel very confident," Siegel said, "We've put together a very competitive bid."

To be successful, Eugene will have to surmount nagging infrastructure questions.

The Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area has a population of 351,715, which makes it substantially smaller than Barcelona or Doha, the capital city of Qatar.

Eugene would not seem to fit the profile of other cities that recently have hosted or will host the World Championships, among them Osaka, Japan; Berlin; Daegu, South Korea; Moscow; Beijing and London.

Hotel space in the Eugene-Springfield area is limited. Eugene would need to rely on University of Oregon dormitories and apartments that cater to UO students to fill the gaps.

There would have to be a substantial renovation of Hayward Field, the UO track stadium that would stage the competition.

Hayward Field, which TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna has compared to Wrigley Field or Fenway Park, has a permanent capacity of 10,500, and has been expanded to 20,000 for the Olympic Trials.

The IAAF minimum for the World Championships is 30,000.

However, in view of the overflow support Eugene has shown the Olympic Trials and the annual Prefontaine Classic professional track meet, presenters can reasonably argue the stands would be full. This would be in marked contrast to some recent World Championships that took place in bigger stadiums.

"All the elements of our bid meet or exceed the IAAF requirements," said Jill Geer, the IAAF's chief public affairs officer.

In addition, the Eugene bid has the backing of Nike, the athletic apparel and equipment giant that was co-founded by former Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman and former UO mid-distance runner Phil Knight.

The IAAF World Outdoor Championships have never been held in the U.S., although the World Indoor IAAF World Indoor Championships will take place in the Portland Convention Center in 2016.

"I think the IAAF recognizes the potential in the United States to elevate the sport globally," Siegel said.

He mentioned that increasing the sport's visibility in the U.S. might enable the IAAF to cultivate new sponsors.

Barcelona is a known commodity. The city played host to the 2012 World Junior Outdoor Championships and the 1992 Olympics.

Qatar is flush with money and trying to raise its profile as a destination location for major championships, already having secured the 2022 soccer World Cup.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Oregon sweeps the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships

Published Jan 01, 0001

The University of Portland men finish second.

ZEOEOSZXZDHOFKY.20121018224610.jpgMolly Grabill 

The University of Oregon men's and women's cross country teams swept the NCAA West Regional Championships Friday in Stanford, California.

The University of Portland men's team finished second.

Stanford's Maksim Korolev won the men's individual title in the 10,000-meter race in 29 minutes, 33.5 seconds. He was followed to the finish line by Oregon's Edward Cheserek (29:35.0) and Oregon's Eric Jenkins (29:39.6).

Scott Fauble of Portland was fourth in 29:40.0.

Oregon finished with 60 team points. Portland had a second-place total of 71. Stanford was third with 97.

Shelby Houlihan of Arizona State won the women's individual title, covering 6,000 meters in 19:31.6.

Molly Grabill was Oregon's top individual. She crossed in 11th place with a time of 20:36.5.

The Ducks finished with 60 team points, followed by Boise State and Stanford, who tied with 103. The University of Portland placed seventh with 214.

The UO men and UO women, and the UP men all qualified as teams for the NCAA Championships next week in Terre Haute, Ind.

Here are complete results for the men's meet.

Here are complete results for the women's meet.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Oregon and the University of Portland take aim at the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships

Published Jan 01, 0001

The UO women have a shot to win the regional title.

Fauble_Scott_Web.jpgScott Fauble 

No. 2 Oregon and No. 8 University of Portland will contend for the NCAA West Regional men's country title Friday at Stanford, California.

The Ducks and Pilots are the two highest-ranked men's teams in the meet. Stanford is No. 9.

Reigning NCAA individual champion Edward Cheserek and senior Eric Jenkins pace the Ducks. They went 1-2 at the Pac-12 Championships.

The Ducks placed second as a team at the Pac-12 meet. Pac-12 team champ Colorado competes in the Mountain Regional, which will be held in Albuquerque, N.M.

The University of Portland is led by Scott Fauble, the West Coast Conference October men's cross country runner of the month.

The No. 3 Oregon women, who rely more on depth than an outstanding individual, are the top-ranked women's team in the regional.

The top two teams will qualify for the NCAA Championships, Nov. 22 at Terre Haute, Ind. In addition, 13 at-large teams will be selected.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Two more high-profile track meets have been scheduled this summer for Lewis & Clark College

Published Jan 01, 0001

The meets are designed to give U.S. elite athletes a chance to compete in this country.

The elite Portland Track Festival, which has been staged in June for the past seven years at Lewis & Clark College, is getting some company.

Portland Track, which runs the distance-oriented Portland Track Festival, announced Wednesday that it would hold two additional meets in the coming summer at L&C's Griswold Stadium.

-- The Portland Summer Twilight, a full-service meet that will include a variety of events, including some field events, on July 2.

-- The Portland 10,000 meters, which will feature elite men's and women's fields, on Aug. 8.

 "U.S. athletes and coaches have been looking for domestic, high-performance events as an alternative to the European circuit," Portland Track president Craig Rice said in a release, "and we are happy to welcome everyone back to Portland for our 2015 series of meets."

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah highlighted last June's Portland Track Festival by winning the 5,000 meters in 13 minutes, 23.42 seconds.

Here is the complete release from Portland Track.

Here is a link to the Portland Track website.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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