The Oregon Men's and Women's Cross Country teams competed at the NCAA West Regional Championships Friday morning, with the women's squad earning a third place finish, while the men claimed fourth place overall.
The top two teams automatically qualified, which means the Ducks will only secure their trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships via at-large bids, but their success throughout the season should give each team enough cushion to easily qualify.
For the women, sophomore Katie Rainsberger once again led the charge. Rainsberger ran in contention to win for much of the race, but ultimately finished fifth. She was joined by Lilli Burton in the top ten, as Burdon earned a ninth place showing. Oregon's Carmela Cardama Baez finished 13th overall.
Oregon placed third behind San Francisco and Stanford. In cross country, low score wins, with San Francisco amassing 59 points, while Stanford scored 76 points to Oregon's 92.
On the men's side, Tanner Anderson charged to a sixth place finish, helping the Ducks to a fourth place finish. Freshman Cooper Teare was second for the squad in 23rd place. The Ducks finished well behind Portland, who won the meet by two points over Washington 63-65, as well as Stanford, who took third in 85. The Ducks' 149 points, however, did place them ahead of UCLA, who beat them two weeks ago the Pac-12 Championships.
The Ducks now set their sights on the NCAA Cross Country Championships, which take place next Saturday, November 18, in Louisville.