Cross Country Competes at Cal Poly Invitational

Oct. 8, 2001

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CAL COMPETES AT CAL POLY INVITATIONAL:
California travels to the Cal Poly Invitational Sat., Oct. 13, for its final tune-up before the Pac-10 Championships. The women's 5K race begins at 10 a.m., followed by the men's 8K race at 10:30 a.m. Both races take place on the Fairbanks Memorial Course.

THE FIELD:
Teams competing at Cal Poly include Cal, Cal Poly, Long Beach State, Pacific (women only), Southern Utah, Fresno State, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, UC Riverside, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, San Jose State, Westmont College and College of Sequoias. Several Big West teams are competing to prepare for the Big West Championships on the same course later this month.

CAL'S PROBABLE LINEUP:
Cal head coach Tony Sandoval will mix and match his A and B teams. He is planning on running as many of his top runners that are available to prepare them for Pac-10s. After making his season debut at the San Francisco State Invitational over the weekend, Girmay Guangul is 50/50 for this weekend as a prior knee problem has flared up.

2000 CAL POLY INVITATIONAL IN REVIEW:
At the 2000 Cal Poly Invitational, the Cal men finished second with 50 points, just behind Cal Poly (25). The Cal women took fourth with 117 points, and FILA Track West won the women's race with 31 points. Guangul paced the Cal men in second (26:07), while Marielle Schlueter led the Bear women in 17th place (19:05).

CAL MEN PLACE SECOND AT SF STATE INVITE:
The California men's cross country team received a huge boost with the return of Guangul to the lineup last weekend at the San Francisco State Invitational. Guangul, who missed the first three meets of the season with a sprained ankle, finished fifth overall (25:40.53) and fourth among collegians, in the 8000m course through Golden Gate Park.Senior Nick Martin led the Bears at the San Francisco State Invitational with a fourth-place overall finish in 25:30.66. Martin and Guangul combined to lead Cal to a second-place finish with 57 points. Chico State took top honors with 35 points in the six-team invitational.The Bears' other points came from sophomore Tyler Noesen (19th, 27:00.77) and freshman Greg Jizmagian (20th, 27:01.10). Sophomore Adam Shaffer placed 24th in 27:23.00.

CAL WOMEN PLACE SIXTH AT SF STATE INVITE:
On the women's side, Cal finished sixth among nine teams with 185 points. Fresno State won the competition with 34 points.Junior Lina Biber-Ferro paced Cal on the 6000m course in 28th place, clocking in at 23:53.59. Freshman Erin Donley was the Bears' next best runner, finishing 36th (24:22.49). Also scoring for the Bears were freshman Teri Wilson (42nd, 24:47.31), junior Lache Bailey (43rd, 24:48.02) and redshirt freshman Chloe Jarvis (48th, 25:00.40).

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