For the second straight season, University of Colorado senior Dani Jones took home the women’s individual Pac-12 Conference cross country title.
The CU women recorded a runner-up finish at the meet, while the men’s team placed third overall at Stanford Golf Course on Friday.
Jones become the first Buff since Molly Austin (2001 and ’02) to win back-to-back individual conference titles. She won the 6-kilometer race in 19 minutes and 24.5 seconds, just over one second in front of the runner-up, Oregon’s Jessica Hull, who crossed the finish in 19:25.1.
“It’s extremely special (to win the championship),” Jones said. “I’m a senior and this is my last go-around, so it meant a lot, particularly with this group of women who have been amazing all season.”
Just like the final stretch last season, Jones was racing shoulder to shoulder with her competition, but was able to pull away at the end for the win.
“It looked a lot like it did a year ago,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “It was a big pack wedeling down kilometer by kilometer. There were some real good kickers there with 200-300 to go. Elise Cranny is a wonderful 1,500/800-meter runner and Jessica Hull is the defending NCAA 1,500-meter champion. So it was a formidable trio, but Dani was both strong and fast and was in control the whole way. I think she might have even had a gear left.”
As a team, the top-ranked Buffs finished second overall to No. 4 Oregon, which defeated CU 32-48. The Buffs placed three in the top 10, but Oregon had four runners in the top 10, which gave the Ducks a solid edge. CU defeated No. 6 Stanford, 48-81.
Senior Makena Morley earned her best Pac-12 career finish, crossing the line seventh (19:52.1).
Another Buff who finished in the top 10 was junior Tabor Scholl, who clocked in at 19:56.5 to take ninth overall, which was her best finish to-date at the conference meet.
The eighth-ranked men’s team finished right where they were expected to on the form chart behind No. 4 Stanford and No. 7 Washington. Stanford ran an impressive race on their home course, placing three in the top five, and recorded a score of 44. UW was second with 62 points and the Buffs recorded a score of 82 for third. No. 11 Oregon was fourth with 93 points.
The Buffs ran a solid race, though the pace was very slow through the first portion. Junior Joe Klecker, who was the runner-up in 2017, finished fifth overall in 23:11.8 to lead the Buffs.
John Dressel, another junior, was racing in his first conference meet since 2016. He placed eighth and crossed the line in 23:12.4, edging out Washington State’s Tanner Anderson, who came in just after him at ninth.
CU’s other top-10 harrier was senior Ryan Forsyth, who placed 10th in 23:14.7. He led CU for much of the race and was third after the 4k and 6k splits. Unfortunately he fell back a little in the end, but was able to secure a decent finish for CU.
2018 PAC-12 CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Stanford Golf Course (Stanford, Calif.)
Women’s 6k Team Results:
1. Oregon 32; 2. Colorado 48; 3. Stanford 81; 4. Washington 123; 5. UCLA 158; 6. Oregon State 173; 7. Utah 191; 8. Washington State 249; 9. Arizona State 250; 10. Arizona 251; 11. California 277; 12. USC 376.
Women’s 6k Individual Results
1. Dani Jones, CU, 19:24.5; 2. Jessica Hull, Oregon, 19:25.1; 3. Elise Cranny, Stanford, 19:29.6; 4. Weronika Pyzik, Oregon, 19:35.70; 5. Fiona O’Keeffe, Stanford, 19:43.2; 6. Susan Ejore, Oregon, 19:48.32; 7. Makena Morley, CU, 19:52.1; 8. Carmela Cardama Baez, Oregon, 19:52.6; 9. Tabor Scholl, CU, 19:56.44; 10. Addi Zerrenner, Arizona, 19:59.0.
Other CU Finishers
15. Val Constien, 20:12.7; 16. Tayler Tuttle, 20:14.5; 22. Holly Bent, 22:33.9; 24. Mackenzie Caldwell, 20:38.2; 28. Sage Hurta, 20:44.0; 38. Brianna Schwartz, 21:01.0; 42. Baylee Jones, 21:08.9.
Men’s 8k Team Results
1. Stanford 44; 2. Washington 62; 3. Colorado 82; 4. Oregon 93; 5. Washington State 123; 6. UCLA 145; 7. California 196; 8. Arizona 213; 9. Arizona State 241.
Men’s 8k Individual Results
1. Grant Fisher, SU, 23:09.8; 2. Talon Hull, Washington, 23:10.2; 3. Alex Ostberg, Stanford, 23:10.8; 4. Alex Parsons, Stanford, 23:10.8; 5. Joe Klecker, CU, 23:11.8; 6. Cooper Teare, Oregon, 23:12.0; 7. Teigen Chandler, Washington State, 23:12.1; 8. John Dressel, CU, 23:12.4; 9. Tanner Anderson, Washington, 23:12.4; 10. Ryan Forsyth, CU, 23:14.7.
Other CU Finisher
18. Eduardo Herrera, 23:29.7; 44. Gus Newcomb, 24:22.2; 47. Ethan Gonzales, 24:29.7; 59. Paxton Smith, 24:59.2; 71. Justice Ramos, 25:59.2