On the eve of NCAA XC, Oregon women win a title

Less than 24 hours before the University of Oregon women’s cross country team was set to contend for the NCAA championship in cross country, news broke that Louisiana State has vacated its 2012 NCAA Outdoor track title.

LSU sprinter Semoy Hackett said she was informed that she tested positive for a banned substance, meaning the Tigers are no longer the champs.

That means Jordan Hasay and Co. should be crowned the 2012 champion. The Ducks have placed second on the track at the NCAA meet four years in a row. The NCAA hasn’t elevated the Ducks to first place yet, but it should be a cut-and-dried decision. Remove Hackett from the meet, rescore it, Oregon wins. Simple as that.

The Ducks are ranked No. 2, behind Florida State, in the NCAA cross country coaches’ poll. The championship is Saturday morning in Louisville, Ky.

Could it be two championships in two days?

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