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Duck Cross-Country Teams Target NCAAs

Karen Richards

Do the men of Oregon have a shot at an NCAA cross-country title Saturday? A coach and an athlete say it's possible.

Eugene is known as Track Town USA for a reason. At the University of Oregon, 20 of the 21 NCAA sports titles have been from (indoor and outdoor) track and field and cross-country. Although they aren't favored, the Duck men's team *could add to that count Saturday. Head Coach Robert Johnson:

Johnson: "I like our chances for our men's team. I think we have six, seven guys that are definitely committed to run for each other and I think that's definitely going to bode well for us this weekend."

Freshman Edward Cheserek will likely finish first for the Ducks. He won the Pac-12 race as well as last weekend's NCAA West Regional Championships. Senior Mac Fleet says Cheserek's season has been incredible:

Fleet: "He has a potential to be top five this weekend, I believe."

The women go into the meet ranked 17 in NCAA Division 1.

The Duck men and women race Saturday morning in Terre Haute Indiana.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.