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Arkansas rolls

No. 5 Oregon, No. 7 Washington at Dellinger Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- With four runners in the top-10 and their fifth just a few spots back, the seventh-ranked Huskies rolled to an impressive victory at Oregon’s Bill Dellinger Invitational on Saturday at the Springfield Country Club.

Wisconsin earned its first Dellinger Invite win, scoring 30 points, with fifth-ranked Oregon second with 52 points followed by Boise State and Portland. Leading the women today was freshman Amy-Eloise Neale as the Snohomish native finished third in her collegiate debut.

The win continues the great streak of success that the Husky team has had at Oregon’s home course, as Washington has now won its past four appearances there, the 2008 Pac-10 Championships and the 2009 and 2010 NCAA West Regional Championships.

The women’s race played out much like the Sundodger did three weeks ago, with the Huskies up front early, led by senior All-American Katie Flood and this time joined by Neale. The 10-time state champion from Glacier Peak High School made about as impressive a debut as any Husky ever has, closing strong to take third overall in 16:48 over the 5,000-meter course. Flood was close behind in fifth-place, running 16:54.

Fifth-ranked Oregon was led by 5 Megan Patrignelli who placed fifth with a time of 16:57.  Molly Grabill rounded out the top 10 with a time of 17:20.

No. 6 Georgetown at Paul Short Invitational

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Georgetown traveled to Bethlehem, Pa., for the 40th running of the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University. Georgetown, ranked No. 6 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, won the nationally-renowned event in the college gold division, a field of 47 teams. 

Georgetown was led by a trio who finished in the top 20 of the 47-team field with Samantha Nadel finishing 11th with a time of 20:40. Rachel Schneider, an All-American, followed up in 13th place just behind Nadel with a time of 20:43. Haley Pierce, in her first cross country season on the Hilltop, was third in the trio with a time of 20:50, good enough for 15th place.

No. 9 Arkansas at Chile Pepper Festival 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Led by junior Grace Heymsfield, ninth-ranked Arkansas took eight of the top-10 spots and won a sweeping victory at the 2013 Chile Pepper Festival.

Coming off three perfect scores, the Razorbacks were one point shy of a fourth perfect finish, scoring 16. This score put them 72 points ahead of the second place finisher, Loyola Marymount, and 82 ahead of Texas Tech, who took third.

Heymsfield led the pack of Razorbacks to the finish line when she crossed at 16:55.8, followed shortly by her nine teammates. Sophomore Dominique Scott, junior Shannon Klenke and senior Stephanie Brown rounded out the top four places, finishing at 17:00.8, 17:10.3 and 17:13.0, respectively. Grace Heymsfield and Shannon Klenke were the next to finish at 17:34 and 17:38, respectively. Freshman Sandie Raines, junior Diane Robison, senior Paige Johnston and junior Jessica Kamilos completed the top 10 for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas continued to cross the finish line with freshman Regan Ward, 17:51.6, and Keri Wood, 18:28.3.