Hasay leads Ducks at Regionals

Junior Jordan Hasay has some unfinished business this weekend. At the Pac-12 championships she admitted to a tactical mistake that prevented her from winning her second conference cross country title. This weekend a second regional championship would be nice but getting the team to the NCAA championships is the goal.

Washington is only the third team to win three-straight regional titles and they hope to add to that total on Saturday at Stanford. USTFCCCA #3 Colorado won the first Pac-12 title and will run in the Mountain region this weekend. #6 Washington, #8 Stanford, #11 Oregon and #16 Arizona followed the Buffaloes at the Pac-12 meet. After a high ranking of #10 for California they dropped to #26 when #1 runner Deb Meier missed the Pac-12 meet. #27 San Francisco won the WCC title two weekends ago against BYU and Portland.

Hasay ran her first race this year at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational and finished second to defending NCAA cross country champion Sheila Reid of Villanova. Although she won two all-American awards outdoors she is certainly disappointed with her track performance. She does want to help lead this team to a cross country trophy and then she will redshirt the track season to prepare for the Olympic Trials.

Redshirt all-American was an all-American in the steeplechase last year and has run well as Oregon's second best runner (87th in 2009 was her best finish). Senior Bronwyn Crossman ran in the NCAA 10,000 meter track final and admitted early in the season to struggling at getting out. She won the Beaver Classic and at the Pac-12 meet Michel was 15th and Crossman was 17th as the Duck's second and third best runners.

Redshirt sophomore Lanie Thompson ran in the steeple final at the NCAA championships and seems to be recovering from injuries that kept her from running a race her first year at Oregon. She was 22nd at the Pac-12 meet. Freshman Molly Grabill has been consistent and was 32nd at the Pac-12 meet.

Another runner trying to recover from injuries has been junior Sarah Penney. She led Oregon to the team win at the Bill Dellinger Invitational and was Oregon's #6 runner at the Pac-12 meet (34th). Veteran junior Taylor Wallace was 37th.

Washington has run well all year but some runners had an off Pac-12 meet. If the team can run well at the NCAA championships they could win. Stanford has yet to see progress expected from star freshman Aisling Cuffe and results from their deep freshmen class has been inconsistent. Arizona was the top Pac-10 team at the 2010 NCAA meet (11th) but they are missing two of their top-five from last year.

Three likely contributors Kimber Mattox (senior transfer from Willamette), sophomore Sarah Andrews and star freshmen Allie Woodward were injured and could not run. The team has rallied without these three and the team will likely make the NCAA championships after a great start to the season.

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