Men's Cross Country Wins Sacramento Invitational, Women Place Third

Sept. 8, 2001

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The California men's cross country team won the Sacramento Invitational four-mile race today at Lake Natoma. The Golden Bears posted 31 points to outdistance Santa Clara (43).

The Santa Clara women (42 points) held off host Sacramento State (56) in the five-kilometer race. The Cal women finished third with 61 points.

Martin Conrad paced the Cal men by finishing third in a time of 21:24. Santa Clara posted a one-two finish with Mike Helms placing first (20:59) and Thomas Chapman taking second (21:21).

Also finishing in the top 10 for Cal were Adam Shaffer (6th, 21:29), John Burke (7th, 21:41) and Tyler Noesen (8th, 21:41). The Bears other scorer was David Spence, who finished 16th in 22:34.

Cal's Erin Belger took top honors in the women's competition with a time of 18:44. St. Mary's Allegra Porter clocked in just behind Belger in 18:50. Erin Donley and Sarah Buick were the Bears next best finishers, taking 11th (20:00) and 12th (20:26).

Up next for Cal is the Fresno State Invitational, Sat., Sept. 15.

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