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Post by pilotram on Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:55 pm

Stonehouse wrote:
SouthCarolinaPilot wrote:There have been some sour grapes in the Track/XC community about us “tanking” the WCC meet in favor of the NCAAs.

The "sour grapes" have all come from two guys at LetsRun... here they are interviewing Rob after the race today, and I think RC does a pretty good job of shutting down their BS:



As if finishing 2nd at the WCC meet to the #2 team in the country (while beating another nationally ranked team) is "tanking."

Not only has Portland XC had a long tradition of giving other guys an opportunity at the WCC meet, this year was a unique situation in which BYU was practically unbeatable in a dual-meet situation and UP had a few guys who were on a restricted training regiment (in order to help optimize their performance at regionals and nationals).

Those LetsRun guys are just being complete jerks. Just read their Nationals recap from today and see how many times they mention that BYU beat Portland at WCCs. It's ridiculous: http://www.letsrun.com/news/2017/11/favorites-justyn-knight-northern-arizona-deliver-win-2017-ncaa-cross-country-titles/
Yea. I mean, they should have been apologizing to Conner as his strategy of focusing on nationals paid off. LRC devoted more ink to ripping UP for not running a full squad at WCCs than they ever would have covering the meet if they did use a full squad. They've been Portland fans in the past, but now getting second is somehow an afterthought to this manufactured controversy.
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Post by Dean Murdoch on Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:17 pm

Amazing.

Happy for Coach Conner, I think he's pretty much everyone's all-time favourite on the Bluff!
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Re: Men's XC places #2 at Nationals!!! Highest finish ever

Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:51 pm

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Geezaldinho wrote:It's ok to change the thread title now, Stoney Very Happy Very Happy

Done!  Smile


Better.

But maybe you should have gone for:

"Portland Ruins Sport - Gets Second in NCAA Championship"


http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=8543558
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Post by SouthCarolinaPilot on Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:50 am

Did anyone else get an email with the subject line “National Champions?” Seems like a misfire. The body of the email literally said 2nd place in it.
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Post by Dean Murdoch on Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:30 am

SouthCarolinaPilot wrote:Did anyone else get an email with the subject line “National Champions?” Seems like a misfire. The body of the email literally said 2nd place in it.

Yeah, I was scratching my head at that. I thought they finished first, then opened the email and realized it was "only" a second-place finish.
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Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:07 pm

Meanwhile, I took a peak in the Sunday Sports section of the O to see what they had to say about the vaunted Ducks runners coming in 8 th in the NCAA's while the Pilots got on the podium for the second time in three years....










Nothing. Never happened
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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:03 pm

Geezaldinho wrote:Meanwhile, I took a peak in the Sunday Sports section of the O to see what they had to say about the vaunted Ducks runners coming in 8 th in the NCAA's while the Pilots got on the podium for the second time in three years....
Our Vancouver paper, The Columbian, had the story and a large headline: Portland second at NCAA cross country championship  

To be fair to the O, they did make mention of the NCAA Championship and UP online at http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2017/11/university_of_portland_pilots.html but it was about 25% the size of the Columbian hard copy article. Evil or Very Mad
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Post by pilotram on Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:13 am

Still a little bit of love around LRC.
http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=8548922
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Post by up7587 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:35 am

The secret is out:
Lol. Not a lot of money. Funny.

P.S. Back in the day I went on one of their massive recruiting trips that they bring guys on. They had a lot of money then. They still got it now.

I guess the Pilots outspent BYU and UO. Suspect
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Post by pilotram on Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:19 pm

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:53 pm

It is an excellent video!

RC and his guys are without a doubt the best ambassadors for UP sports (and they're good in the classroom too, btw), and should make us all stand a little taller with pride when we say, GO PILOTS! Cool
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Post by SouthCarolinaPilot on Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:41 pm

Interesting article from the Tribune. Apparently, we are not fully funded scholarship-wise. Also, it gives some good insight into how RC recruits. I guess the expectations are high for next year after this finish with the people we have coming back. After looking up NAU’s runners at nationals, they seem primed to repeat again (I don’t really know much about it but they return most of their top finishers too).

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/379761-265927-pilots-climb-closer-to-the-top
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Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:38 am

Cross country and track, conbined, allow 12.6scholarships.

Since UP doesn’t really fund a whole track program, that 70% may not represent the relative effort for CC compared to say, U of O.
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