Former Kansas Star Alli Cash Helps Oregon to NCAA Title

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Alli Cash, a seven-time Kansas state champion in individual events from Shawnee Mission West, ran to a 14th place finish at the NCAA Division I championships Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana, keying an upset win by Oregon for the team championship.

The Ducks, ranked 12th heading into the meet, nipped Michigan by a single point, 125 to 126 for the women's title. Cash was the second runner for Oregon, which also got a fourth place finish from freshman standout Allie Rainsberger.

Cash's time was 20:08 for 6K. Missouri's Karissa Schweizer was a surprise winner, sprinting home to victory in 19:41. Sharon Lokedi of the University of Kansas placed fifth in 19:52.

It was the second time that Cash has earned All American status in cross country, and the sixth time in her career. She has previously earned All American honors on the track: twice in the outdoor 1500, once in the indoor 3000 and once in the outdoor 5000.

Cash dominated Kansas distance running from 2011 through 2012, winning the state cross country title in both of those years. She also swept the 800 and 1600 titles, and added the 3200 in 2012. She was injured and did not compete at the state track and field championships her senior year (2013).

She is now a redshirt junior at Oregon.

Donley competes for the U.S. Naval Academy

Also at the Division I cross country championships, former Sacred Heart-Salina standout Cory Donley placed 221st in the men's race. His time was 31:57 for 10K.

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