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Alexi Pappas: When role models exceed expectations

There’s a saying that you should never meet your idols in person because they can never live up to your expectations.

I’ve found that to be true sometimes: when I met Serena Williams in Rio, she spent our whole interaction complaining about the food in the Village dining hall. I was disappointed – I wanted to get some morsel of advice for my upcoming Olympic debut, but instead, I thought twice about the quality of the chicken I ate in the dining hall that night.

Or, sometimes, you outgrow your idols: in middle school I idolized one of my friend’s …


Stanford men, Colorado women claim Pac-12 cross country titles

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Stanford’s Grant Fisher was all smiles as he used a strong kick to win the men’s individual 8,000-meter race at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships at Springfield Golf Club on Friday.

But he was even more stoked when he turned around after crossing the finish line.

For the first time since 2010, #NerdNation ran past them all! It was a total team effort to earn @stanfordxctf a #Pac12XC championship.

— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) October 27, 2017

Fisher, the reigning NCAA outdoor track and field champion in the 5,000 …


Oregon plays host to Pac-12 Cross Country Championships

EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon will play host to the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships for the first time since 2008 – and only the third time in history – at Springfield Golf Club on Friday.

The women’s 6,000-meter race begins at 11:10 a.m., followed by the men’s 8,000-meter competition at 12:10 p.m. There is no admission charge. The awards ceremony will be held after the conclusion of the men’s race. The meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network for the first time.

Two. Days. Away. On Friday, the Men and Women …