Cross Country Travels to Stanford Invitational
Sept. 24, 2001
CAL COMPETES AT STANFORD INVITATIONAL:
California travels across the Bay to compete in the 28th-annual Stanford Invitational, Sat., Sept. 29. The race takes place on the Stanford Golf Course. Approximately 4000 runners will compete in a total of 17 races for college, high schools and open competitors. Collegiate competition begins at 3:45 p.m. The Stanford Invitational attracts some of the top ranked colleges in the country. Stanford and BYU return to defend their men's and women's titles, respectively.
CAL'S PROBABLE LINEUP:
Cal is hoping to run its top runners this week, but it all depends on who is healthy. The Bear men's top runner sophomore Girmay Guangul will likely not return from a sprained ankle until the Cal Poly Invitational, Oct. 13. Senior Corey Creasey had the flu over the weekend but could run at Stanford. Senior John Collin, who also has a sprained ankle, doesn't have a set return date. On the women's side, sophomore Leah Atwood, junior transfer Lache Bailey and freshman Maja Ruznic missed the Aggie Open due to a variety of reasons but may suit up at Stanford.
2000 STANFORD INVITATIONAL IN REVIEW:
The Cal men's team finished fourth of 24 teams at the 2000 Stanford Invitational with 147 points, while Stanford placed first with 104. The Cal women placed 14th of 30 teams with 365 points, and BYU took top honors with 36. Martin Conrad ran a season best of 25:51 in the 8K course to finish 10th for the Bears. Jarrell Meier also ran a season best of 26:15 to capture 18th-place. Also contributing to the team score was Chris Coffee (26th, 26:33), Tyler Noesen (43rd, 27:01) and Adam Shaffer (55th, 27:23). On the women's side, Marielle Schlueter led the Bears in the 5K course with a 24th-place finish (19:44). Also scoring for the Bears were Camille Stanley (58th, 20:17), Erin Belger (65th, 20:28), Kim Ramirez (115th, 21:26) and Tiffany Hansen (136th, 21:43).
CAL MEN 2ND, WOMEN 6TH AT AGGIE OPEN:
The Cal men's team finished second with 81 points at the Aggie Open last Saturday in Davis. Behind a sweep of the top three individual places, host UC Davis claimed the team title with 19 points. The Cal women's squad finished sixth overall and fifth among collegiate teams with 189 points. UC Davis also won the women's competition with 54 points, ahead of Nevada (93).
MARTIN, BELGER LEAD THE WAY FOR THE BEARS:
Senior Nick Martin paced all Cal runners with a 16th-place finish (25:56.40) at the Aggie Open. Martin's time was the fifth-best ever by a Bear at the meet. Coach Tony Sandoval is impressed with Martin's early season time considering he missed the entire spring track and field season with a severe ankle sprain. Also finishing among the top 25 for Cal was Carlos Carballo (21st, 26:07.00), who competed in his first meet of the season. For the second-straight meet, Belger led the Cal women, placing 17th (18:42.10). Belger's time also was the fifth best all-time by a Cal woman at the Aggie meet. In her first collegiate meet, freshman Abby Parker finished 20th in 18:57.40.