Oregon cross country nets a pair of victories behind Crevoiserat, Watson

Both of Oregon’s cross country teams came away with a team victory on Saturday with each squad featuring several impressive individual season debuts.

Racing for the first time in nearly a month, the No. 3 Oregon women headed north to the University of Washington to participate in Saturday’s 6,000-meter race that featured No. 4 Stanford, No. 13 Villanova and No. 15 Washington. Led by senior Lindsay Crevoiserat, the Ducks overcame a first-place individual finish by Stanford’s Elise Cranny and edged out the Cardinal by a final score of 48-55.

Crevoiserat built on her seventh-place finish at last month’s Bill Dellinger Invitational by placing fourth in Washington with a time of 20:29. Freshman Frida Berge impressed in her Oregon debut by stopping the clock at 20:40, good for an eight-place finish. Junior Molly Grabill made her season debut for the Ducks and finished just a second behind Berge to give Oregon three runners in the top nine.

A trio of Stanford runners finished immediately after Grabill, but sophomores Maggie Schmaedick (20:48) and Alli Cash (20:49) rounded out Oregon’s top five with 13th and 14th-place finishes. Junior transfer Brianna Nerud finished seconds later (20:51) to secure 15th place and Abbey Leonardi notched a 20th-place finish with her 20:56 time.

Also making their season debut for the Ducks were Annie Leblanc (33rd) and Megan Patrignelli (34th). Both runners were members of last year’s Oregon NCAA team and figure to be integral parts of this year’s squad. Full results of the women’s race can be found here.

Meanwhile, the Oregon men took the team title at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, OR behind a fourth-place finish by Cole Watson. Most of Oregon’s top runners took this week off from racing after last week’s win at the Battle in Beantown, but the Ducks boasted their depth on Saturday and come away with the win.

Watson, a senior from Rogue River, OR, navigated the 8,000-meter course in a time of 24:08, while Tanguy Pepiot finished fifth in 24:21. Pepiot, a senior who transferred to Oregon last year from France, finished 58th at last year’s NCAA Cross Country Championships and is Oregon’s second-highest returnee. It was the first race of the season for both Cole and Pepiot.

Jeramy Elkaim locked down a sixth-place finish (24:23), while junior Matt Jablonski’s seventh-place finish (24:27) and freshman Bryan Fernandez’s ninth-place finish (24:30) rounded out Oregon’s top five. The Ducks won the meet with 16 points, finishing a far cry ahead of NCAA Division II Chico State, who scored 40 points.

They didn’t score any points for the Ducks on Saturday, but a pair of Oregon runners came away with a 1-2 finish in Salem. John Gregorek, an Oregon senior who ran the race unattached, took home the win in 23:53, while freshman Blake Haney finished runner-up with a 23:54 time. Full results of the men’s race can be found here.

Both the Oregon men and women will take next weekend off before heading to Terre Haute, IN for the Pre National Invitational on Oct. 18.

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