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Cheserek wins sixth straight race, Women of Oregon defeat top-ranked Michigan at Pre-Nats

Edward Cheserek now hasn't lost a cross-country race in a full calendar year. Meanwhile, the Women of Oregon upset the previous top team in the nation at Pre-Nationals this weekend.

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After this weekend’s action at Pre-Nationals, there is a shakeup in the top 5 of both the men’s and women’s polls. For the first time since the beginning of USTFCCCA archives in 1995, the women of Michigan State are No. 1 in the nation.

The Spartans had a strong showing at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational with four of their runners in the top 30, winning the meet with 87 points.

The Women of Oregon remained stationary at No. 3 in this week’s poll. Oregon and Arkansas were the only two teams in the top 10 to remain in their same position as the previous poll.

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At Pre-Nationals, the Ducks finished in second place overall behind Georgetown. Leading the way for Oregon was senior Megan Patrignelli, who finished 18th in 21:12. Freshman Frida Berge and sophomore Maggie Schmaedick were second and third for the Ducks, placing 26th and 27th overall, respectively. Freshman Alli Cash and junior Brianna Nerud rounded out the scoring with respective overall finishes in 32nd and 36th place. Oregon narrowly defeated Michigan (the No. 1 team in the nation at the time of the race) by just four points. Cash and Nerud were able to outrun Michigan’s final two scoring runners as Megan Weschler and Taylor Manett finished in 43rd and 48th respectively for the Wolverines, coming in about 10 seconds after Cash and Nerud.

On the men’s side, Edward Cheserek won his sixth consecutive college cross-country race at Pre-Nationals with a time of 24:04.5, edging out Colorado’s Blake Theroux by less than two seconds. Coming in behind Theroux was Oregon senior Eric Jenkins. Despite placing two of their runners in the top 3, the Ducks couldn’t defeat top ranked Colorado as the Buffaloes, had four runners in the top 10, and all five of their runners among the top 15. Colorado won the meet with an astounding 35 points. Oregon finished second with 91 points while Georgetown finished third with 148 points. That should give you some perspective on just how dominant Colorado was at this race.

As a result of their performance at Pre-Nationals, the Buffaloes were the unanimous No. 1 once again in this week’s men’s poll. Colorado has been the unanimous No. 1 team in every poll this season. The only other team to be the unanimous No. 1 team all year was Wisconsin in 2006. The Badgers would end up losing to Colorado at nationals that season.

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The Ducks remained right behind Colorado at No. 2, and rightfully so. Oregon was the only team at Pre-Nationals that came even remotely close to Colorado’s ridiculous team score, as you can see below in a sample of the team results from the meet.

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Next up for Oregon is the Pac-12 Championships on Halloween at the Metropolitan Links Golf Course in Oakland, Calif. The Men of Oregon will have another crack at top-ranked Colorado.