Duck Sports
6:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Duck Cross-Country Teams Target NCAAs

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."

Mac Fleet at the 2013 NCAA outdoor championships.
Mac Fleet at the 2013 NCAA outdoor championships.
Credit Karen Richards

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.