2017 FloXC Countdown: #4 Oregon Men

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Follow our 2017 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. The No. 4 men's spot goes to Oregon, and here's why:

Probable Top Five:

JR Matthew Maton (3:38 1500; 7:52 3K; 9th in '17 NCAA Mile; 16th in '17 NCAA 3K; 29th at '16 NCAA XC)
FR Reed Brown (3:59 Mile; 8:50 3200; 1st at '16 FL XC)
FR Cooper Teare (4:00 Mile; 8:41 3200; 16th at '16 NXN)
SR Travis Neuman (14:10 5K; 29:09 10K; 46th at '15 NCAA XC; 151st at '16 NCAA XC)
JR Tanner Anderson (13:51 5K; 29:21 10K; 13th at '17 NCAA 10K; 68th at '16 NCAA XC)

Impact Freshmen/Transfers:

Cooper Teare via Alameda, CA(4:00 Mile; 8:41 3200; 16th at '16 NXN)
Reed Brown via Southlake, TX (3:59 Mile; 8:50 3200; 1st at '16 FL XC)
James West via England (3:39 1500; 7:58 3K; 14:01 5K; 1st at '15 U20 National 1500)
Connor Clark via Dartmouth (3:49 1500; 14:10 5K; 19th at '16 NCAA Northeast XC)

Analysis:

The spring of 2017 marked the end of an era for the Oregon Ducks when 17-time NCAA champion Edward Cheserek graduated. While wearing the green, Cheserek earned three NCAA cross country crowns and helped lead the team to unprecedented success. Although the King is no longer competing in the NCAA, the Ducks have reloaded with several top freshmen, transfers, and a more experienced returning class.

The top returner is Matthew Maton, who finished 29th at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Maton also executed an impressive 2017 indoor season which included a ninth-place finish in the NCAA indoor mile and a 16th-place finish in the indoor 3K.

The Ducks are bringing in two talented freshmen who are expected to make an immediate impact. Foot Locker champion Reed Brown and 8:41 3200m star Cooper Teare have the ability to be top scorers for the Ducks. But as freshmen, the transition to the 10K could prove to be tough.

Returning senior Travis Neuman should continue to contribute to that top five scoring order after notching a 46th-place finish in 2015. And Tanner Anderson should carry momentum after finishing 13th in the 10K at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.

Along with the returners and freshmen, Oregon welcomes transfers James West from Loughborough University in England and Connor Clark from Dartmouth. West holds major middle distance speed as well as a 14:01 5K best. Clark enters the cross country season after finishing 19th at the 2016 NCAA Northeast Region Championships.

Even without Cheserek, the Ducks should put together a team that is more than capable of cracking that podium finish.

FULL MEN'S RANKINGS HERE

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project

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Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal

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Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon

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Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.