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Originally published October 30, 2010 at 6:18 PM | Page modified November 5, 2010 at 10:23 AM

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UW women tie for 3rd at Pac-10 meet in Seattle

The top four teams in the women's 6,000-meter race finished within six points of each other, with Stanford winning with 62. Arizona followed at 65, then Washington and second-ranked Oregon tied for third at 68. The WSU women were ninth.

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Kailey Campbell didn't need to be here.

A fifth-year senior for the University of Washington, Campbell could have been done with her Huskies running career. Instead, she chose to come back for a final fall quarter to help her Washington women's cross country team.

Campbell's reward two weeks ago? She had to pull out of the Pre-Nationals race in Terre Haute, Ind., with a severely sore right Achilles tendon.

Still, the Ballard High product was right in the middle of things Saturday at Jefferson Park Golf Course during the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships.

"Kailey gave us a shot with 400 meters (to go)," Huskies coach Greg Metcalf said. "I was yelling at her the whole race. And she caught maybe six girls down the stretch. For our senior to go out and do that was huge."

Campbell's rush got her into 18th place in the 6-kilometer race. She was the fourth Husky to cross the finish line, in 20 minutes, 33.04 seconds.

"I guess I was just kicking," Campbell said. "I knew everything was going to be very close. I had dropped out of Pre-Nationals with the Achilles, and I definitely felt it during the race (Saturday). I wasn't running too fast at 4,000 meters."

But Campbell's kick couldn't quite get Washington over the top in the team competition. It did make thing very interesting in a four-team cluster the likes of which nobody could remember happening before.

"It was insane," Metcalf said.

The top four teams in the women's 6,000-meter race finished within six points of each other, with Stanford winning with 62. Arizona followed at 65, then Washington and second-ranked Oregon tied for third at 68. The WSU women were ninth.

Stanford easily won the men's competition by sweeping the top three places, led by Elliott Heath, who ran the 8-kilometer course in 20:03.

Washington State finished sixth and Washington seventh.

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For the second consecutive year, an Oregon woman won the individual title, with sophomore Jordan Hasay. Nicole Blood won the 2009 championship as a senior.

"To not have an Oregon runner win in 29 years, then to get two in a row, that's pretty pleasing," Oregon coach Vin Lananna said. "No question, we'd have liked to have won the (team) title. But one race doesn't define the season, until you get to nationals."

Hasay pulled away in the final 600 meters to win the women's race in 19:44.95, almost five seconds faster than runner-up Kathy Kroeger of Stanford (19:49.43).

"I didn't really even have to do any work," Hasay said. "As we started down the long final straightaway, I was just deciding when to kick. It was perfect."

Katie Flood was the top UW finisher, in sixth place, at 20:13.15.

"That's usually not how I finish," Flood said. "But I had something left at the end of the race, so I went for it."

Junior Christine Babcock, coming off an injury, made her debut with UW and scored points as the fifth Husky to cross the line — in 19th place.

While Washington came up a bit short in its backyard, Metcalf sees Saturday's performance as boding well for the final two races of the year, the regionals and the NCAA championships.

Babcock will be healthier, and Campbell's Achilles will have had more time to heal.

"It is a bittersweet thing on our home turf (not to have won the Pac-10s)," Campbell said. "But we'll use it as a positive, and be hungry for more at NCAAs."

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