After a strong showing at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships last weekend in Springfield, where the women earned a runner-up finish and the men came in fourth overall, the Oregon Cross Country squads now turn their sights to the cross country postseason.
Entering the final weeks of the season, the women are ranked third in the latest USTFCCCA Cross Country Rankings, dropping from their top spot to third. Regardless, the Ducks are still in prime position to challenge for a national title.
For the men, the young squad ranks 13th in the country. While they should qualify with ease to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, they have less wiggle room for qualifying than the women's team.
Next up on the schedule is the NCAA West Regional Championships, hosted in Seattle on November 10. The women, competing over a 6,000m course, won't see Pac-12 rival Colorado, who compete in the Mountain Regional, but will face tough Stanford, Washington and San Francisco squads.
The men, who will step up in distance to race 10,000m, will face tough challenges from Stanford, UCLA, Portland and others.
Assuming all goes well at regionals, the Ducks will then make the trip to Louisville for the NCAA Cross Country Championships on November 18, as both squads challenge for team trophies.