With one meet under their belts and a two-week training camp in Sunriver now behind them, the Oregon cross country teams are back for their final home meet of the season.
Judging by the entries, the Ducks will be holding nothing back Friday during the Bill Dellinger Invitational at Springfield Golf Club.
The fourth-ranked Oregon women will give fans their first glimpse of their rebuilt roster in the women’s 6,000-meter race at 10:30 a.m.
Transfers Phily Bowden, Weronika Pyzik and Isabelle Brauer are all expected to make their Oregon debut, and veterans Jessica Hull, the 2018 NCAA 1,500 champion, and 2017 cross country all-American Carmela Cardama Baez also are entered in their first race of the season.
Pyzik and Brauer followed new Oregon women’s coach Helen Lehman-Winters from San Francisco. Pyzik, a senior, was fifth at the NCAA championship meet last season and Brauer, a junior, was 15th. Bowden is a fifth-year senior from Brunel University in London.
Also entered is senior Susan Ejore, who won the Oregon XC Preview two weeks ago.
Speaking before the Oregon XC Preview on Sept. 6, Hull indicated she’s as eager as anyone to see the Ducks’ new pieces perform this year.
“There’s returners, there’s fresh faces, there’s new coaches, which is change, but you’ve got to embrace change,” she said. “We’re building it from the ground up so you can’t really predict what we can do right now. You can’t put a limit on it and I think that’s exciting. … You don’t know what you can do until you see it on race day.”
The men’s 8,000-meter race is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. and the entries for No. 8 Oregon include Oregon XC Preview winner James West, runner-up Jackson Mestler and redshirt senior Blake Haney.
Running unattached will be Cooper Teare, as the Ducks continue to play it safe with the 2017 Pac-12 freshman of the year. Also competing unattached are Reed Brown, Charlie Hunter and Austin Tamagno.
“There’s been a lot of change but you can already tell it’s going to be a good program,” Teare said. “We’ve got the potential, we’ve got the guys to do some really cool things. I think we’ve got a lot in store for us.”
The other teams competing in the Bill Dellinger Invitational are Portland, which has the third-ranked men’s team, UC Davis, Seattle University and the Nevada women’s team.