The Oregon Women's and Men's Cross Country squads had a great weekend at the Pre-Nationals Invitational in Louisville, as the women scored a big-time win over numerous other top ten ranked teams, while the men earned a strong third place finish.
Leading the way for the women was sophomore Katie Rainsberger, who finished fourth overall, but she found plenty of yellow and green up near the front with her, as Lilli Burdon placed seventh, while Carmela Cardama Baez and Jessica Hull placed 15th and 16th.
Oregon won with 63 points (low point total wins), besting Colorado, who entered their 2017-18 campaign as the pre-season favorites to win the national title. The defending national champions are looking good as the heart of the season (Pac-12s, Regionals and Nationals) come into view.
On the men's side, the Ducks earned a third place finish, showing they are a legit contender to challenge for a trophy (top four teams) at the NCAA Cross Country Championships next month. While BYU won in dominating fashion with a mere 41 points, Oregon nearly bested runner-up Colorado 118-129.
The squad ran their top six as a pack for much of the race, as Tanner Anderson led the charge with a 17th place effort, while six-man Travis Neuman placed 33rd. Having a strong 1-6 gives the Ducks an edge against other squads who may have front runners who can beat their top runners, but lack the depth.