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The Oregon women drop one spot in the college cross country rankings

Published Jan 01, 0001

The Pilots move into the men's top five.

FJWRRMJWRHHVCWT.20140912190544.jpgLindsay Crevoiserat was the top UO finisher in the women's competition at the Dellinger Invitational, Oregon's only home cross country meet this season. 

The Oregon Ducks dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 in the cross country rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The UO men held firm at No. 3 in the men's rankings, despite the Ducks' convincing victory last week in the Battle in Beantown meet hosted by Boston College.

The University of Portland men's team moved into the top five at No. 5.

Here is how the women's top five looks: Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgetown.

The men's top five has a decidedly western slant, with Colorado No. 1, followed by Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oklahoma State and Portland.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Dennis Kimetto sets the men's world marathon record in Berlin, Shalane Flanagan's record bid falls short

Published Jan 01, 0001

Flanagan led through much of the women's race.

Kenyan Dennis Kimetto set the world record Sunday while winning the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds.

Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya was second in 2:03:13, which also bettered the world record time of 2:03:23 set last year in Berlin by Wilson Kipsang.

Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia won the women's race in 2:20:18.

Shalane Flanagan of the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club was third in 2:21:14.

Flanagan was bidding to break the U.S. record of 2:19:36 set by Deena Kastor in 2006, and made a bold attempt. She led for much of the way, but couldn't hold the pace over the second half of the race.

Flanagan's third-place time is the second-fastest ever run by a U.S. woman.

Here are the results of the Berlin Marathon.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins lead the No. 3 Ducks to victory in Boston

Published Jan 01, 0001

Oregon's Daniel Winn places fifth.

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Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins finished 1-2 to lead the third-ranked Ducks to victory Friday in the Battle in Beantown college cross country meet in Boston.

The official time for both Cheserek and Jenkins on the 8,000-meter course was 24 minutes, 20 seconds.

Oregon finished with 24 team points. Syracuse was second with 52.

UO senior Daniel Winn placed fifth in 24:33.

Here is the Oregon release with complete results.

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It's official, Eugene bids for the 2019 IAAF World Outdoor Championships

Published Jan 01, 0001

A decision is expected on Nov. 18.

As expected, TrackTown USA announced Thursday it would bid to host the 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene at Hayward Field.

The meet has never been held in the U.S.

Technically, the bid was submitted by USA Track & Field, the sports governing body in the U.S. to the IAAF -- the International Association Athletics Federations -- the international governing body.

Barcelona and Doha, the capital city of Qatar, also submitted detailed bid dossiers. A decision is expected on November 18.

TrackTown USA, the Eugene organizing committee, has staged the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2014 World Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It is scheduled to stage the 2016 World Indoor Championships in the Portland Convention Center.

"The state of Oregon's unrivaled fan base creates a special atmosphere when they fill the grandstands for the great competitions hosted on the beautiful University of Oregon campus," TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna said in a news release. " The rich tradition and history of TrackTown USA and Hayward Field make for an ideal and authentic global platform to stage this fantastic event."

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Eugene's bid for 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships will go forward, sources say

Published Jan 01, 0001

The TrackTown USA organizing committee is expected to announced Thursday that Eugene's bid has cleared another hurdle.

TrackTown USA officials are expected to announce Thursday they have presented a detailed bid dossier to the IAAF to host the 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.

The deadline for presentation of the bid dossiers is Thursday.

"They beat the deadline," said a source with knowledge of the bid. "It's gone through."

A second source confirmed the bid was going forward, and that an announcement would be made Thursday.

The sources requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about the bid.

Vin Lananna, TrackTown USA president, declined comment via text message.

"I can call on Thursday," Lananna's message read.

At this point, it would be a major surprise if Eugene dropped out.

TrackTown USA and USA Track & Field have made all the previous preliminary steps in the IAAF bid process. The IAAF, the International Association of Athletics Federations, is the governing body of international track & field.

Formal presentation of the bids will take place at a meeting of the IAAF Council in Monaco on Nov. 20, when a decision is expected.

Other cities expected to bid include Barcelona and Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Lananna, also a University of Oregon associate athletic director, has been up front and vocal about his intentions.

"We're not going to be a Paris bid," Lananna said in July. "We're going to be an authentic bid, low on glitz and glamor and high on fantastic, authentic track & field.

"What is so great about Wimbledon? About Augusta National? It's not really anything about the cities. But for tennis or golf fans, that's what their dream of heaven would be like."

Eugene hosted last summer's World Junior Outdoor Championships in what was billed as a test run for how the city and the state of Oregon would do with a major international championship track meet.

Wrote Lananna in an op-ed piece for The Oregonian in August, meet organizers not only achieved the necessary goals, "we exceeded them."

TrackTown USA also will stage the 2016 World Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Portland Convention Center.

Still, IAAF minimum requirements for hosting the World Outdoor Championships are daunting.

Hayward Field would need to be renovated and expanded.

According to information on the IAAF website, organizers need to be prepared to accommodate 2,000 athletes from more than 200 countries, 10,000 officials and volunteers, and 3,000 accredited members of the media.

When TrackTown USA presented to the UO Board of Trustees details about Eugene's bid two weeks ago, a reporter from the Register-Guard and a university blogger were barred and told the meeting was for "training."

The World Outdoor Championships are held every other year. They took place last year in Moscow. They will be held in Beijing in 2015, and in London in 2017.

Eugene would not seem to fit the profile.

"If they are going ahead with the bid, they clearly feel they have all the requirements addressed," said Paul Swangard, managing director of the UO's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center, and Hayward Field's public address announcer.

"So, why not bid?"

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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