Cross Country Travels to Aggie Invitational

Sept. 17, 2001

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BEARS COMPETE AT AGGIE INVITATIONAL
California travels to the Aggie Invitational Sat., Sept. 22, at Recreation Hall. The first race is the women's 5K at 9 a.m., followed by the men's 8K at 9:45 a.m. Teams competing on the men's side include: Cal, UC Davis, Santa Clara, Sacramento State, Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State Monterey Bay, Humboldt State and San Francisco State. The women's field includes Cal, UC Davis, Pacific, Sacramento State, Sonoma State, Nevada and Fresno State.

CAL'S PROBABLE LINEUP
Cal is slated to run an 'A' and a 'B' team this weekend. All healthy runners are expected to compete. Among those runners not expected to run are Girmay Guangul (sprained ankle), John Collin (sprained ankle) and Lache Bailey (hip flexor). Guangul, the Bear men's top runner, will likely return Oct. 13 at the Cal Poly Invitational.

2000 AGGIE INVITATIONAL IN REVIEW
The Cal men finished third of 21 teams at last year's Aggie Invitational, while the Cal women took 17th of 22 teams. UC Davis won both the men's and women's team competitions. Guangul led the Bears with a second-place performance (24:46.70). On the women's side, Dawn Beahm paced the Bears in 85th place (20:49.70).

FRESNO STATE INVITATIONAL CANCELLED
Last weekend's Fresno State Invitational was cancelled due to the tragic events on the East Coast. The meet won't be rescheduled, and the Bears aren't expected to compete in a make-up meet.

CAL MEN WIN SACRAMENTO INVITATIONAL, CAL WOMEN TAKE THIRD
The Cal men's cross country team opened the 2001 season in impressive fashion. The Golden Bears won the five-team Sacramento Invitational four-mile race last Saturday at Lake Natoma, posting 31 points to outdistance Santa Clara (43).On the women's side, Cal finished third among five teams with 61 points, holding off Saint Mary's (71) and San Francisco (115). Santa Clara (42 points) took top honors, ahead of host Sacramento State (56) in the five-kilometer race.

CONRAD, BELGER LEAD THE WAY FOR CAL
Junior Martin Conrad paced the Cal men at the Sacramento Invitational 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).Cal senior 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. As a sophomore, Belger posted her only other collegiate cross country victory at the San Francisco Invitational.

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