Cross Country Opens Season at Sacramento Invitational

Sept. 4, 2001

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BEARS OPEN SEASON AT SACRAMENTO INVITATIONAL
Cal opens the 2001 season at the Sacramento Invitational Sat., Sept. 8, at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova. The first race is at 9:30 a.m. The men's field includes host Sacramento State, Cal, San Francisco, Cal State Hayward and UC Davis. The women's race features Cal, Sacramento State, St. Mary's and Santa Clara. Cal is expected to send its 'B' team to this inaugural race of 2001. The 'A' team won't compete until the Fresno State Invitational, Sept. 15.

GUANGUL, CONRAD, CREASEY EXPECTED TO LEAD CAL MEN
The Cal men's cross country team boasts five seniors, but sophomore Girmay Guangul is expected to lead the team for the second-straight season. In 2000, Guangul was the Bears top runner in all six races he competed in. This included five top 20 finishes and four top 10 ones. He advanced to the NCAA Championship by placing ninth (31:11), the best of all freshmen, at the NCAA Pacific Regional. At NCAAs, he placed 151st (32:13). Senior Corey Creasey and junior Martin Conrad also are expected to excel for the Bears.

STANLEY, BELGER, MACLISE, PARKER PACE CAL WOMEN
The Cal women's team is young with 10 of their 15 runners being freshmen. The Bears four top runners are close in ability - Erin Belger, Camille Stanley, Lindsey Maclise and Abby Parker. Belger (senior) and Stanley (junior) will provide veteran leadership. In 2000, Belger was Cal's top finisher at Pac-10s (41st, 22:34.96) and at NCAA regionals (71st, 22:31). Stanley competed in three races for the Bears last fall and showed a lot of improvement in the distance races during the spring track & field season. Freshmen Maclise (Davis, CA) and Parker (Reno, NV) have shown a lot of promise.

2000 IN REVIEW
The Cal men's and women's cross country teams each finished eighth at the Pac-10 Championships. At the NCAA Pacific Regional, the Bear men finished 10th out of 21 teams, while the women only sent a few individuals. The Cal men were hurt by the absence of Olympian Bolota Asmerom, who decided to redshirt the season when he returned from Sydney, Australia. He has since signed a contract with Nike, which eliminated his final year of cross country eligibility.

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