SUNRIVER, Ore. — Gonzaga topped No. 3 Oregon in the season opener for each squad at the Meadows Course on Saturday evening by placing seven runners among the top-10 finishers. Ben DeJarnette had to make up ground Gonzaga’s Willie Milam, who took a large lead after the first lap. The sophomore drew even with Milam over the second and third miles and then pulled away on the last lap. DeJarnette won the four-mile race in 19:39.5.
“It was a little harder than I expected because (Milan) made that move early and I had to fight to stay with him,” said DeJarnette. “I was glad I had enough left on the final lap.”
Milam took second in 19:49.7 to help power the Bulldogs to the victory in the team competition by a count of 26-33.
Other highlights for the Ducks included sophomore Mitchell Hunt finishing in fourth at 20:06.9 and freshman Cole Watson placing fifth in 20:08.6.
No. 8 Indiana Hoosiers at Indiana Open
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana began its 2011 campaign by capturing the Indiana Open on Saturday morning. Freshman John Mascari, in his first collegiate race, took home the men’s individual title.
On the men’s side, Indiana runners ran at a controlled pace to begin their season. Mascari clocked in at first place with a time of 26:06.11. Also running well and finishing behind Mascari were Kyle Overway (26:32.10) in second place, Owen Skeete (26:52.49) in third and Morgan Welsh (27:23.29) who placed fourth.
No. 10 Portland at Pier Park Invitational
PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland captured the Pier Park Invitational on Saturday morning at Pier Park. The men, running a ‘B’ squad, finished with 25 points as five Pilot runners finished in the top seven individually.
In the men’s 8K race, Portland State’s Zachary Carpenter won the meet with a time of 18:39.45. Portland freshman Stephen Kersh (18:42.14) finished third to lead the Pilots individually and four Portland runners followed closely behind. Ben Snodgrass, Chris Borg, Conner Whan and Brendan Ralph were the other Pilot athletes to post points.