Cross Country Competes at San Francisco State Invitational

Oct. 1, 2001

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CAL COMPETES AT SAN FRANCISCO STATE INVITATIONAL:
NCAA participant Girmay Guangul makes his season debut for Cal Saturday, Oct. 6, at the San Francisco State Invitational. The Golden Bear men's and women's cross country teams will travel across the Bay to compete in the Gator-hosted meet. The first race begins at 9:30 a.m., in Golden Gate Park.

CAL'S PROBABLE LINEUP:
Cal head coach Tony Sandoval will mix and match his A and B teams. Athletes which ran at the Stanford Invitational will not run this weekend. This weekend marks the return of Guangul. Guangul missed the first four meets of the year with a sprained ankle. Sandoval also is hopeful that Nick Martin and Tyler Noesen (illnesses), along with Lache Bailey (hip flexor) and Maja Ruznic (shin), will be available.

BEARS ACE IS BACK:
Guangul was the Bears' leader last season as a freshman, posting the top Cal finish in each of the six races he competed in. He was the top freshman finisher at the NCAA Pacific regional, finishing ninth (31:11) to advance to nationals where he took 151st.

2000 SAN FRANCISCO STATE INVITE IN REVIEW
The Cal women's team finished seventh of eight teams at the San Francisco Invitational last year, while the Cal men sent only a handful of runners. Lina Biber-Ferro led the way for Cal women, finishing 29th (24:45.69). Jonathan Balzer was the Bear men's top runner in 21st place (27:46).

CAL MEN PLACE THIRD AT STANFORD INVITE:
The California men placed third of eight teams at the Stanford Invitational on the 4000m short course with 78 points. Stanford won the competition with 15 points, while UC Davis was second with 69. Fresno Pacific finished fourth with 133 points. Stanford's Grant Robinson won the race in 10:54, ahead of his teammate Seth Hejny (11:02). Carlos Carballo led Cal with an 18th-place finish in 11:54. Martin Conrad placed 20th for the Bears in 12:00, and Balzer wasn't far behind in 22nd (12:02). Cal's other scorers were John Burke in 26th (12:11) and Jeff Squires in 32nd (12:29). Also racing for Cal was Greg Jizmagian, who took 38th (12:40).

GOLDEN BEAR WOMEN FINISH 11TH AT STANFORD:
The Cal women placed 11th out of 19 teams at the Stanford Invitational on the 4000m short course with 246 points. Stanford took first place with 40 points, followed by BYU with 53 and Wisconsin with 69. Stanford's Alicia Craig took top honors, clocking in at 12:40, ahead of BYU's Michaela Manova (12:54). Erin Belger led the Bears for the third-straight meet, finishing 30th in 14.26. Just a fraction of a second behind Belger was her teammate Camille Stanley. Cal's Abby Parker finished 33rd in 14:28. Other runners scoring for Cal were Lindsey Maclise (66th, 15:02) and Eva Shu (95th, 15:48). Katie White placed 101st in 15:57.

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