Puskedra Runs Oregon to Victory at Pre-National Invitational

Courtesy: Oregon Media Relations

October 18, 2009   

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Luke Puskedra ran to a five-second victory to become the first-ever Duck to win the Pre-National Invitational Blue race Saturday morning at the LaVern Gibson Course. Meanwhile, Jordan Hasay took third in the women’s Blue race to pace the Ducks to their best-ever showing at the Pre-National meet.

Puskedra led the seventh-ranked men of Oregon to their first team title at the Pre-National meet and was one of three Ducks in the top 11. Oregon scored 79 points to upset No. 3 Alabama, which won the 2009 Bill Dellinger Invitational two weeks ago. The Crimson Tide held on for second with 114 points, with No. 2 Northern Arizona a point back in third with 115. No. 9 William & Mary was fourth with 128 points and No. 14 Washington was fifth with 183 points.

"That was a great race for Luke and the rest of the men’s team and a terrific performance from a freshman, Jordan Hasay, in the women’s race," said Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. "Although winning is great, both teams are concentrating their efforts on getting better each week. Our performances today were important steps in that direction. We’re looking forward to getting home, back to work, and continuing to improve."

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