October 11, 2017
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon cross country will get a valuable look at the site of this year’s NCAA Championships this weekend as the Men and Women of Oregon head to Louisville, Ky., for the Pre-Nationals Invitational at E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park.
After getting the 2017 season off to a belated start a couple weeks ago at home in the Bill Dellinger Invitational, the Ducks head to Louisville looking to get familiar with the course for next month’s NCAA Championships. Oregon will also use this meet as a way to prepare for the Pac-12 Championships, which will take place at Springfield Country Club on October 27.
Meet Info: The Pre-Nationals Invitational will feature four races, two seeded and two unseeded, with teams selected based on national and regional rankings. The men will run 8,000 meters, while the women will run 6,000 meters. Teams that are in the seeded races will be allowed seven athletes, with remaining athletes running in the unseeded race. For example, the Men of Oregon have 13 entries, so seven will run in the seeded race and six will run in the unseeded race, while all seven traveling members of the Women of Oregon will run in the seeded women’s race.
Race Times (All times PT):
Men’s Red Seeded 8,000m Race – 7:00 a.m.
Women’s Red Seeded 6,000m Race – 7:45 a.m.
Men’s Black Unseeded 8,000m Race – 8:30 a.m.
Women’s Unseeded 6,000m Race – 9:15 a.m.
Entries – Men: Tanner Anderson, Reed Brown, Connor Clark, Bryan Fernandez, Blake Haney, Jackson Mestler, Travis Neuman, Sam Prakel, Mick Stanovsek, Austin Tamagno, Cooper Teare, James West, Jack Yearian.
Entries – Women: Emma Abrahamson, Lilli Burdon, Carmela Cardama Baez, Susan Ejore, Jessica Hull, Judy Pendergast, Katie Rainsberger.
How to Follow: The Pre-Nationals Invitational will be streamed live on FloTrack.org, and updates will be provided during the meet on Twitter via @OregonTF and @Run4Ducks. Results will be available on GoDucks.com following the meet.
Rankings: The Women of Oregon are the No. 2 ranked team in the country and top-ranked team in the West Region entering this weekend’s Pre-Nationals Invitational, while the Men of Oregon are ranked eighth in the country and second in the West Region.
Bill Dellinger Invitational Recap: The Women of Oregon began their NCAA title defense in impressive fashion a couple weeks ago in the Bill Dellinger Invitational at Springfield Country Club, taking the top three spots in the women’s 6,000 meters to open the year with a win. Sophomore standout Katie Rainsberger dominated the field to win by 18 seconds in 18:47.6, shattering the previous meet record by 37 seconds. Redshirt freshman Lilli Burdon (19:05.8) and junior Jessica Hull (19:07.8) came in second and third, respectively, to make it a 1-2-3 Oregon finish, and transfers Carmela Cardama Baez (12th, 19:24.3) and Susan Ejore (15th, 19:35.2) rounded out the scoring for the Ducks, who won with 33 points.
The Men of Oregon placed third in the men’s 8,000 meters with 75 points to open the season, led by a ninth-place finish by freshman Cooper Teare (23:52.3) in his collegiate debut. Redshirt senior Sam Prakel (23:53.9) and junior Tanner Anderson (23:54.7) were close behind in 11th and 12th, respectively, and Travis Neuman (24:07.8) placed 23rd and Blake Haney (24:07.9) was 24th to complete the UO scoring.
Up Next: Following the Pre-Nationals Invitational, the Men and Women of Oregon will return to Eugene to prepare for the Pac-12 Championships on October 27 at Springfield Country Club. The conference championships will kick off at 11 a.m. PT, and will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks for the first time ever.