Led by a 1-2 finish from senior Edward Cheserek and sophomore Matthew Maton, the Oregon men’s cross country finished fourth overall at the NCAA West Regional meet in Sacramento today.
In typical King Ches fashion, Cheserek tucked in with the pack before breaking free at the 6K mark, eventually wining in a time of 29:23 for his third West Regional title. Right behind was Maton, who took second place in 29:44.
wins #NCAAWestXc 23:58.90 10K Edward Cheserek @KingCheserek @OregonTF #GoDucks #Pac12Xc #NcaaXc 11 Nov 2016 pic.twitter.com/KjeMPzrhU0— 11/11 XC Ncaa West (@TaFphoto) November 11, 2016
2nd #NCAAWestXc 29:44.9 Matthew Maton @matthewmaton1 @OregonTF #GoDucks #Pac12Xc #NcaaXc 11 Nov 2016 pic.twitter.com/DpYs0Yfyyk— 11/11 XC Ncaa West (@TaFphoto) November 11, 2016
Flashing “O” #NCAAWestXc Edward Cheserek @KingCheserek Matthew Maton @matthewmaton1 @OregonTF #GoDucks #NcaaXc 11 Nov 2016 pic.twitter.com/f8lLasuIEt— 11/11 XC Ncaa West (@TaFphoto) November 11, 2016
Oregon’s other scoring runners included sophomore Tanner Anderson (32nd in 30:17), senior Tim Gorman (42nd in 30:33) and Jake Leingang (45th in 30:36).
Stanford took home the men's title with 75 points, getting all their scoring runners in the top 25 with just 12.7 seconds between all of them. The University of Portland took second with 90 points while UCLA took third with 112 points.
The Oregon women also finished fourth thanks to getting three runners in the top 15. Stanford took home the regional team title with 71 points as all of their scoring runners placed in the top 20. Washington was second with 88 points, and the University of San Francisco was third with 101 points. Oregon had 107 points.
Leading the way for the Oregon women was junior Alli Cash, who finished fifth in 19:23 (5:17 per mile). Freshman Katie Rainsberger finished just outside the top 10, placing 11th with a time of 19:52. Senior Samantha Nadal came in 15th with a time of 19:58. Rounding out the scoring was sophomore Jessica Hull (36th in 20:26) and senior Ashley Maton (40th in 20:32).
Since Oregon finished outside of the top two in both races, they'll be looking to secure an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, which will be held next Saturday in Terra Haute, Indiana.