November 17, 2012
Flash Recap: Full Recap coming later:
Florida State’s quest for its first NCAA cross country title will have to wait another year as #2 Oregon won its third title and first title since 1987. Florida St. had a slight lead at the first check point (2k) but after that it was all Oregon. Oregon ended up first with an unofficial total of 114. #7 Providence, who we picked as a dark-horse candidate to win it all, ended up second in 183 with Stanford third at 198 and FSU fourth in 202.
The only thing holding Oregon back from victory was the NCAA. At first, they told Oregon they had won. Then the reversed course and said Providence was actually the winner before finally settling again on Oregon. Screen shots below show the confusion.
An embarrassing and unacceptable gaffe for sure.
Regardless, in the end, Oregon won convincingly. Oregon was led by Jordan Hasay, who was third. The former prep phenom’s quest for a fairy-tale ending to her collegiate cross country career came up a tiny bit short. Hasay had the lead in the final 200 before Iowa State’s 31:15 woman Betsy Saina came out on top.
The final 400 featured a 4-way sprint, which soon turned into a 3-way sprint between Hasay, Saina and Dartmouth’s Abby D’Agostino. After Hasay was passed by Saina, she let up a little and was passed by D’Agostino at the line. Wichita State’s Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton ended up fourth.
Early on, there was a lead pack of six women as Cal Poly freshman Laura Hollander (ended up 9th) and UTEP’s Risper Kimaiyo (ended up 5th) wanted to do most of the work.