FRIDAY COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY/Led by 1-2 finish, Portland men win West Region championship; Oregon men fourth, Ducks women third


NCAA Division I West Regional

At Jefferson Park Golf Course, Seattle

With three of the top four finishers, the Portland Pilots won the NCAA Division I West Region men's cross country championship on Friday, securing an automatic bid to next weekend's NCAA Championships.

The Oregon men (fourth place) and women (third place) are positioned to be selected for the national meet, but must await the Saturday announcement of at-large bids to the nationals. The top two teams in Friday's regional automatically advance to the NCAA championships.

The Pilots Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse, a sophomore from France, won the men's 10,000-meter race at Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle. His time was 29 minutes, 33.1 seconds.

Portland senior Jeff Thies was second (29:38.8) and junior Nick Hauger was fourth (29:41.1).

With 63 points, the Pilots edged Washington by two points for first place. Also scoring for Portland were sophomore Caleb Webb (27th, 30:05.8) and junior Noah Schutte (29th, 30:09.8).

Oregon junior Tanner Anderson placed sixth (29:43.6), the only Ducks' man within the top 20. Oregon's 149 points were fourth best, but well behind third-place Stanford's 85.

Portland State placed last among the 30 teams in the men's field. The Vikings' top finisher was senior Alejandro Cisneros (127th, 32:14.5). A total ofr 205 men completed the 10-kilometer course.

San Francisco, led by Charlotte Taylor's first-place finish, won the women's team championship and gave the West Coast Conference both team champions. Taylor completed the 6,000-meter women's course in 19:14.2, 2.5 seconds in front of Boise State's Allie Ostrander.

The Oregon women placed two in the top 10 and were third in team scoring. Sophomore Katie Rainsberger was fifth (19:30.9) and sophomore Lilli Burdon ninth (19:43.3).

Portland was 10th in team scoring with 308 points, Oregon State 13th with 392 and Portland State 29th (842). A total of 36 teams participated and 241 finished the 6-kilometer course.

Pilots junior Taryn Rawlings placed 14th (19:53.7). Oregon State junior Juliana Mount was 25th (20:14.3). Portland State junior Kaila Gibson placed 76th (21:09.9).

The NCAA Championship Meet is on Nov. 18 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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