STANFORD, Calif. — Jessica Hull sprinted to the finish line for a second-place finish and No. 4 Oregon had four runners place in the top eight as the Ducks won the Pac-12 women’s cross country championship on Friday.
Hull was side-by-side with eventual winner Dani Jones of Colorado down the homestretch of the Stanford Golf Course 6,000-meter course but couldn’t match the defending champion’s closing speed as the Oregon senior finished in 19 minutes, 25.1 seconds to 19:24.40 for Jones.
But Hull was followed by a pack of green-clad runners as Weronika Pyzik finished fourth in 19:35.7, Susan Ejore was sixth in 19:48.3, Carmela Cardama Baez was eighth in 19:52.6 and Isabelle Brauer was 12th in 20:09.16 to help the Ducks win their first conference championship since 2014, ending the top-ranked Buffaloes three-year reign.
The Ducks finished with 32 points to 48 for Colorado. Sixth-ranked Stanford, led by third-place finisher Elise Cranney, was third with 81 points.
Oregon State was sixth with 173 points, led by Juliana Mount's 14th-place finish 20:11.
The win gave Oregon its 10th women's Pac-12 title and the first for first-year coach Helen Lehman-Winters, who took over the program in August.
Former Ducks Katie Rainsberger and Lilli Burdon finished 11th and 31st, respectively for Washington, the school they transferred to when former Oregon coach Maurica Powell took the Huskies job in June. Rainsberger was the was runner-up to Jones in 2017. Burdon was sixth last season.