Freshman Step Up For Oregon !
Boston- On a perfect Friday afternoon in Boston, the Oregon Men, and the Provdence Women both dominated the Coast to Coast Battle at Franklin Park. The Ducks lead runner Parker Stinson finished 18th place, but that didn't seem to bother Oregon Coach Andy Powell this early in the season.
"My number one guy had a tough day.......but that's what makes a great team. One runner goes down and the others step up." Said Coach Powell. And that's exactly what the Ducks did, led by two Freshman Edward Chesereck (1st 24:11) , Jake Leingang (2nd 24:11)., and Junior Ryan Pickering (4th place (24:11). The Ducks went on to score 22 points, well ahead of Syracuse (2nd- 69 points) and Providence (3rd 81 points).
The Providence women proved why they are the number one ranked team in the country. The Friars were led by Emily Sisson (1st- 16:51), Laura Nagel (2nd- 16:58), and Sarah Collins (4th- 17:07). Providence scored 50 points to win over the Ducks of Oregon's 85 points.
Photo's by Steve Infascelli and Hannah Getto
The Oregon ducks were in control from the start as they eventualy placed 6 in the top 10 finishers.
The Ducks ran comfortably behind the leaders, as Syracuse had a strong early presence.
The Ducks had a 9 second gap for the Top 6 runners.
In the end it was Chesereck and Leingang outkicking Syracuse sophomore Martin Hehir down the stretch.
The Women's race saw Providence place 1, 2, 4, and 7th, but the number 5 runner was 37th place. The Friars scored 50 points.
The Friars were led by Sisson (107), Nagel (103), and Collins, as they finished 1st, 2nd, and 4th overall.
Freshman Catarina Rocha (106) leads the chase pack. She went on to finish 7th place for the Friars.
In the end it was Emily Sisson of Providence winning with a time of 16:51 on the Franklin Park 5k course.