Oregon plays host to Pac-12 Cross Country Championships

EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon will play host to the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships for the first time since 2008 – and only the third time in history – at Springfield Golf Club on Friday.

The women’s 6,000-meter race begins at 11:10 a.m., followed by the men’s 8,000-meter competition at 12:10 p.m. There is no admission charge. The awards ceremony will be held after the conclusion of the men’s race. The meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network for the first time.

The Pac-12 meet features many of the top cross country programs in the nation. The top-ranked Ducks head the women’s field, followed closely by #3 Colorado, #13 Washington and #14 Stanford. Washington junior Amy-Eloise Neale returns to defend her individual title, along with three other top-five finishers from last season – Colorado’s Dani Jones (3rd) and Kaitlyn Benner (4th) and UO sophomore Katie Rainsberger (5th).

On the men’s side, fifth-ranked Colorado has won six straight league titles since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, matching Stanford’s win streak from 2000-05. The Buffaloes face stiff competition from four other top-20 squads in its quest for a record-setting seventh title in a row – #6 Stanford, #8 Oregon, #14 UCLA and #20 Washington State. Stanford junior Grant Fisher is the top returning individual after earning runner-up honors last year.

Spectators are reminded that free parking will be available at Mohawk Elementary School at 91166 Sunderman Road. Park-and-ride shuttle buses will transport fans to and from the main clubhouse at Springfield Golf Club starting at 9 a.m.

Directions are as follows:

  • Head east on Hwy. 105E/126E
  • Take the 42nd Street/Marcola exit
  • Left on 42nd Street for 0.4 miles
  • Right on Marcola Road for 5.5 miles (past Springfield Golf Club)
  • Right on Sunderman Road to Mohawk Elementary School