Sep 05, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. – Nick Regan of American University finished sixth overall to lead the Eagles to third place in the team standings at the Bill Dellinger Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon.
Regan, a senior from Kensington, Md., covered the 8-kilometer course in 24.36.
He led three Eagles who finished in the top 21 in the event, which was run on the Pre Trail in Eugene, a course named in honor of legendary Oregon All-American Steve Prefontaine.
"This was a great start for us," said AU head coach Matt Centrowitz. "Sometimes we can have a slow start to a season, but this was good. We came the farthest to compete, and it was on their home course."
Joshua Ellis was 18th in 25:35, Brendan Johnson was 21st in 25:49, Tom Woermer was 32nd in 27:05, Peter Rowe ran 27:09 to place 33rd and Ian Lutz was 40th in 27:47.
The course, a wood-chip path through Eugene, presented a unique challenge, according to Centrowitz.
"We handled the new surface well. I thought we did very well with the number of different variables we faced.
"To me, our thinking was more important than how fast we raced this weekend," said Centrowitz. "We visited with Oregon, had dinner with them... I think learning from them was a great experience for our guys."
The Oregon men, ranked third in the nation, won the team scoring with 20 points, followed by Michigan State with 46, American with 80 and Portland State with 106.
Oregon had four of the top five finishers and eight of the top 11 in earning the team title. Sophomore Edward Cheserek won the individual title in 24:24.
The trip to Oregon was a homecoming for Centrowitz, who was an All-American for the Ducks in his collegiate days. Centrowitz helped Oregon win the NCAA men's cross country team title in 1977.
American's men's team returns to the D.C. area for its next competition next Saturday when it competes at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis.